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Suffolk mother, daughter to share $7M Golden Ticket lottery jackpot

Carol Prevete, left, and her mother Marilyn Looney,

Carol Prevete, left, and her mother Marilyn Looney, center, stand with New York Lottery representative Yolanda Vega at Mili Cards & Smoke shop in Selden during a news conference Aug. 11, 2015. The two women won $7 million on a scratch-off ticket last month. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

A Middle Island woman who bought some lottery tickets while killing time waiting for a hair appointment is now a millionaire.

Marilyn Looney, 82, will share the $7 million Golden Ticket jackpot with her daughter, New York Lottery officials said Tuesday.

"My hairdresser was really busy so I took a walk," Looney, 82, said in a statement. She bought the winning ticket at the Mili Cards & Smoke shop on Middle Country Road in Selden.

Looney said that with sun glare on the screen she couldn't read the scanned scratch-off ticket. The clerk "jumped 5 feet in the air" when he rescanned it.

From the hairdresser's, Looney, a former Estée Lauder employee, called her daughter, Carol Prevete, 50, a bookkeeper from Selden with whom she has a history of pooling money and splitting lottery winnings.

Each will now receive a onetime net payment of $2,316,300, the lottery said.

Officials said Looney plans to buy a home to share with her daughter and family, and Prevete is looking forward to paying off her mortgage and being "debt free."


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