Mary is a 73 year old retired receptionist who worked on Wall Street. Sadly, Mary is suffering from lung cancer and was on the bus, on her way back from a doctor’s appointment when her palm wouldn’t stop itching. For the superstitious among us, an itchy left palm means money is on the way. “I scratched and I scratched, and I said, ‘this must be something’,” so when she got off the bus, she went straight to the Lucky Lotto store on Third Avenue which is close to where she lives. The store got a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket with the winning Mega Millions numbers on it.
“I used to play the Lottery a lot but I haven’t been able to afford it in recent years,” Mrs Shammas told New York Lottery officials, “But luckily I still carry my old play cards in my purse and that’s what I used to buy some tickets for that night’s draw.”
Mary stayed up until after 11.00 p.m. that same evening to watch the New York Mega Millions draw on TV. One by one, she saw her numbers coming up, “I thought I was going to faint,” she said, “I thought I was dreaming. I played those numbers for years and then to play them again on a whim and see them actually come up ...that’s unreal!”