The Big Purchase for This 95-Year-Old Lottery Winner? A Cell Phone


When most of us dream of winning the lottery, new cars, shopping sprees, and luxury vacations are the kind of extravagances that glimmer in our eyes like a cartoon character.

For 95-year-old Ursula McCafferty of North Canaan, Connecticut, it was a cell phone. As the Lexington Herald Ledger reports, the  great-grandmother’s $30 weekly lottery ticket purchase recently paid off—to the tune of $30,000. She told ABC News that she played largely for entertainment, and it shows: McCafferty is dividing most of the money between her five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. For herself, McCafferty bought a new phone.

“I had a little one and it didn’t do anything,” McCafferty told ABC News. “I don’t want to be one of these people that has my thumb stuck on my phone all the time but I want to be able to look up the weather and be able to send a photo.”

McCafferty is a retired postmaster and the author of two books—Home is the Sailor, Home from the Sea and Acorn Academy, you know, if you want to get inside the head of a “3X The Cash” scratch game winner.

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