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Woman Wins ₹8.3 Crore In Lottery, Grieves Husband’s Loss Shortly After

Karen Coffman, a 61-year-old grandmother from Pennsylvania, won $1 million in a scratch-off lottery but tragically lost her husband just two weeks later, turning her joy into bittersweet sorrow.

Edited By : Swechchha | Updated: Jun 17, 2024 14:04 IST
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Lottery win by 61 years old woman
Lottery win by 61 years old woman

According to a report by Local12, a 61-year-old grandmother from Pennsylvania, Karen Coffman, won $1 million (₹8.3 crore) in a scratch-off lottery. Sadly, just two weeks after her win, she lost her husband, turning what should have been a joyous occasion into a bittersweet moment for her.

According to The People, citing the Pennsylvania Lottery, Karen Coffman won the lottery in March 2024 and received her $1 million prize on June 13. She expressed disbelief, saying, ‘I thought, ‘This must be a mistake!’

She added, ‘The man working there asked, ‘What’s the matter?’ I replied, ‘Look!

Speaking about her husband, she mentioned that he had a brain tumor and passed away just two weeks after she won the lottery.

Upon receiving the $1 million check, she described the moment as ‘bittersweet.’

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“I used to tell him, ‘One of these days, I’m going to win a million dollars!’ When I informed him about this prize, he thought I was joking,” she recounted.

Pat Browne, the Secretary of Revenue who presented her with the check, expressed their excitement. He highlighted, “Her win also serves as a reminder that the Pennsylvania Lottery funds various programs for older Pennsylvanians, supporting them to lead fulfilling lives.”

The report also noted that this wasn’t Karen’s first lottery win. Approximately 14 years ago, she had previously won a $65,000 lottery prize.

Coffman, who recently retired from her job as a chef at a nursing home, also shared her plans for how she would use her lottery winnings.

She mentioned that after investing a portion of her prize money, she planned to use the rest to move away from Pennsylvania’s cold winters to sunny Florida. “I’ve had enough of the snow!”

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First published on: Jun 17, 2024 02:04 PM IST

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