The early bird may catch the worm, but in this case a Long Island woman who was early for her hair appointment last month ended up winning $7 million for her and her daughter in the New York Lottery's Golden Ticket scratch-off game.
"My hairdresser was really busy so I took a walk," said Marilyn Looney, 82, who headed over to buy some tickets at the nearby Mili Cards & Smoke shop on Middle Country Road in Selden, the lottery quoted the winner Tuesday in a release.
Looney said that with sun glare on the screen she couldn't read the scanned ticket, and the clerk "jumped five feet in the air" and "was very excited for me," when he re-scanned it, she said.
From the hairdresser's, Looney, a former Estee Lauder employee, called her daughter, Carol Prevete, a bookkeeper from Selden, with whom she has a history of pooling money and splitting lottery winnings.
"She kept saying, 'We won! We won,' " said Prevete, 50, the win at first not seeming all that surprising as the pair had enjoyed earlier hits, including one instance winning "around $20,000 to $29,000."
As in those earlier cases, the two are splitting the top prize, with each receiving a onetime net payment of $2,316,300, the lottery said.
Looney plans to buy a home to share with her daughter and family, with Prevete saying she's looking forward to paying off her current mortgage and being "debt free."