Ursula McCafferty, a 95-year-old Connecticut grandmother of 12 plans to use a portion of her $30,000 lottery winnings to buy a "decent" cellphone. McCafferty will also give some of the money to her children, but would like a phone that can check the weather and display pictures well.
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NORTH CANAAN, Conn., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A grandmother in Connecticut plans to use her lottery winnings to upgrade to a more contemporary cellphone.
Ursula McCafferty, 95, won $30,000 in Connecticut's "3X The Cash 6th Edition" scratch off game and intends to give some of it away before splurging on a phone more suited for receiving pictures of her 12 grandchildren.
"I'll give everyone a little bit and get a decent phone—something where you can actually see pictures," she said.
McCafferty told ABC News she was wary of becoming "one of these people that has my thumb stuck on my phone all the time," but would like to be able to check the weather and send photos.
She said she plays scratch-off lottery games for entertainment because she can no longer drive but is, "... a people person and my cat doesn't give me much attention."
Upon winning she called her daughter, who lives in the area, and the two realized they needed to make their way to the lottery office.
"I didn't believe it—I didn't think it was real. I called her and left a message saying 'I don't know what to do!'" McCafferty said.
McCafferty plans to give her daughter, who drives her to the doctor, $3,000 while the rest of her children will receive $2,000.
She said the other children would understand her daughter receiving an extra $1,000 and many sent her flowers as thanks.
"I must have done something right," said McCafferty.