This great story comes to us Brooklyn, NY where a 73 year old superstitious grandmother jumped off the bus to purchase her lucky Mega Millions ticket. Her palm had a severe itch, which her old supersitition told her, MONEY IS IN THE FUTURE! Any story of an itch leading to $64m in lottery winnings is a fantastic story to me! Check out the whole article as reported by CBS.com. One itch and a $64m Jackpot!
Granny’s Fateful $64M Itch
Mary Shammas Lets Fate Take Her Hand, Follows Itch-Related Superstition, Plays Lottery, Wins Big!
(CBS) Call it the $64 million itch!
Brooklyn grandma Mary Shammas was on the bus when her left palm started itching.
Remembering the old superstition that an itchy left palm means money is on the way, Shammas, 73, jumped off the bus and bought a lottery ticket.
On Tuesday night, she hit a $64 million jackpot.
Mary told “Early Show on Saturday Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill how it all happened. “I had a terrible itch that I’ve never had before,” Mary said, “within the short while, it was three or four times happening. And I said to myself, ‘This means something. It’s an old fashioned superstition, but you know what, I haven’t played Mega(Millions) in a couple of weeks. Let me just go and validate a ticket’ that I had – an envelope with all my numbers in my bag.”
Mary says she always plays the same numbers, based on her cousin’s family members’ birthdays.
“I went in,” she continued, “and validated the ticket, spent $5, never dreaming that maybe I’ll win $10 or something, you know?”
Sixty-four million dollars, she said, “was not in my brain at the time!”
Days later, when she thought she’d won, she called her son, Joseph, made his promise not to tell his siblings, then asked him to come over to confirm her great fortune.
Before her did, Joseph called his brother, Richard.
“Joseph did not believe me,” Mary recalled. “He walked over. And checked the ticket and said, ‘Ma, you really won! And it was all night back-and-forth conversing. Nobody slept.”
Richard told Hill he “was in total shock, I gotta say, because my brother called me and whenever you get a call late at night, you’re assuming it’s bad news. And you’re never assuming that it’s gonna be this kind of news. So once I got this kind of news, I just — I just was in shock. I really — we didn’t even believe it. Even ’til this day, I think my whole family is still in shock. We’re wondering if we’re gonna wake up and say we dreamed we won $64 million. But it’s unbelievable. See the video interview here: Read the whole story…