Woman, 99, wins shopping spree at 99 Cent Only Store

Aug. 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

PARAMOUNT, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Emelia De-Four used her 99th birthday shopping spree at a Paramount, Calif., 99 Cent Only store to buy candles, napkins, plates and other household necessities.

De-Four, one of a 16-child family who grew up poor in Trinidad and Tobago, visited the 99 Cents Only Store each Sunday after church and won a 99th birthday party at the discount store that included a shopping spree, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The Friday spree was filling a shopping cart with anything she wanted, which included household items and about 20 religious candles because, she said, she prays three hours a day for her 11 children, their children and their children's children.

De-Four, who used flour sacks for her children's clothes when they were growing up, said she may not be rich with money, but she is wealthy in other ways, the Times said.

The Times said she often told her seven daughters and four sons while they were growing up, "Children are poor people's riches."

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