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95-year-old woman buys new cellphone with $30K lottery win

Ursula McCafferty’s weekly $30 purchase of lottery tickets paid off earlier this month when she scored $30,000 from a scratch game.
Ursula McCafferty’s weekly $30 purchase of lottery tickets paid off earlier this month when she scored $30,000 from a scratch game. Connecticut Lottery

At 95, Ursula McCafferty regularly visits her local stop-and-shop store to play the lottery, mostly for entertainment. But the Connecticut great-grandmother’s longtime habit of buying $30 in lottery tickets every Friday paid off when she won $30,000 from a scratch game early this month.

Instead of purchasing a new car or house, McCafferty had a more modest dream buy with her winnings: a new cellphone that could tell her the weather forecast.

“I had a little one and it didn’t do anything,” McCafferty said, according to 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.”

After realizing she had won, McCafferty told lottery officials she called her daughter in shock and “left a message saying ‘I don’t know what to do.’”

“I said, ‘You have to come here, this can’t be real,’” McCafferty said to ABC. “She thought I said $1,000 but when she got here she said, ‘How the hell do you get so lucky?’”

A photo from the Connecticut Lottery showed a bespectacled McCafferty beaming with her winning check dated Aug. 2.

After purchasing her new phone, the rest of the money will be set aside for her five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, McCafferty said. Each of her children will get $2,000, with the exception of the daughter who lives nearby — she will receive $3,000.

"She takes me to my doctor appointments so she was well worth an extra thousand,” McCafferty told ABC. “Her siblings will agree.”

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