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101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize

Arizona LotteryArizona Lottery: 101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize

Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who lives in the central Arizona mining town of Kearny. On Tuesday, she won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.

That's probably a good thing because she has 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

Fortunately, she also has a 78-year-old son who buys her the occasional scratch-off ticket.

Not that any of them ever paid off — until last week.

As he does a few times a week, Eusebio Camacho bought a handful of various scratcher-game lottery tickets, including a $5 Money Tree ticket. He said he doesn't know why he decided to buy a ticket for that game, because neither he nor Lily had won anything playing it in the past.

"The Lord just told me to buy that ticket," he said.

When Lily saw the ticket, he said, she asked if she could play it. Eusebio handed it to his mother. When he returned a couple of hours later, she asked him to take a look at it.

"It turned out to be a winner," he said.

Did it ever.

The odds of scratching the big winner in that game are one in 240,000.

"We could not have been happier to award Lily Camacho with her $50,000 top prize check," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "At 101 years old, she is one of the oldest Arizona Lottery winners we have had the pleasure of meeting and hope this win brings joy to her and her family this holiday season."

As you might expect, the family is

protective of their matriarch. Eusebio said his mother told her story at the lottery headquarters when she turned in the winning ticket, accompanied by five family members, and figures that's enough talking.

Eusebio said he couldn't reveal what she plans to do with the money, but said she will continue with her normal routine. That includes tuning in when the Diamondbacks return to the field.

"She's been a big fan since the year they won the World Series," he said. "She hardly ever watches TV, but she watches them. She really looks forward to every game."

She also joins Eusebio about once a month on a trip to San Carlos, just outside of Globe.

"She likes to go to the Apache Gold Casino," he said.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 8:54 am - IP Logged

That's wonderful news, good for her and I do hope her family will take her to the casino and let her spend

every dime if she wants to do that. $50,000 isn't enough money to share, so let her have it and I wish more

luck comes her way.

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    fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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    Posted: December 16, 2014, 11:16 am - IP Logged

    All her relatives will be getting a crisp new dollar bill apiece!

      dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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      Posted: December 16, 2014, 11:49 am - IP Logged

      Bless her heart congratulations Mrs. Camacho. Hurray!

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        hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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        Posted: December 16, 2014, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

        Roll Eyes  further proof anyone can win

          ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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          Posted: December 16, 2014, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

          Aw, Congrats to Lily! I hope she enjoys her win.


          "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

            CDanaT's avatar - tiger avatar_04_hd_pictures_169016.jpg
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            Posted: December 16, 2014, 2:57 pm - IP Logged

            101 !!!!, that means she only won .73 every day shes been alive..
            She's lived through alot, from the stock market crash , numerous wars, man landing on the moon, the internet developement and a lottery win.........Great job Lily !!!  go get em kid

            Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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              Posted: December 16, 2014, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

              Thumbs UpWay to go........"Ronnie's Granny"?.

              Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                Posted: December 16, 2014, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

                She can now afford the best casket out there.

                  HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                  Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:38 am - IP Logged

                  Congratulations on your scratch-off ticket win!  Finally after a few decades of playing ... a big win!  I hope you'll enjoy spending it in the new year, and share a bit with your fellow gambler son.


                  Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


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                    Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:54 am - IP Logged

                    "101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize"

                    If you're going to win, it's nice to win enough to last the rest of your life.

                      hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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                      Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:57 am - IP Logged

                      She can now afford the best casket out there.

                      Twitch what a sick thought ......

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                        Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:06 am - IP Logged

                        She can now afford the best casket out there.

                        wow dude...seriously? This is plain cruelty...it's like wishing her to die.

                        playing what can be afforded...spend half of what was reclaimed.

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                          Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:40 am - IP Logged

                          Way to go Miss Lily, she is a spunky senior who still enjoys playing the games. Good for her.


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                            Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

                            WOW GREAT STORY,CONGRATS Ms. camacho.