SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island grandmother and her daughter and grandchildren were sharing a big lottery win Tuesday.
New York Lottery spokeswoman Yolanda Vega led Marilyn Looney, 82, past a crush of media crowded into the Selden convenience store where she bought her winning $7 million scratch-off ticket last month.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Looney credited being unable to get her hair done for ending up with the winning ticket.
Her hairdresser was running behind on July 3, so she decided to go into Mili Cards and Smoke Shop in Selden to purchase a scratch-off lottery ticket.
“Every week she comes in, she gets her hair done, and then goes and scratches tickets,” said Looney’s hairdresser, Treesha Powery. “And I was running late, so I said, ‘Marilyn, go scratch first today.’”