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Karen Coffman's dying husband feared she might have money problems. Then she won the Pennsylvania lottery

PENNSYLVANIA– In the weeks before his death, Karen Coffman's husband worried that she might run into money problems after his death.

But two weeks before he died in April from complications of a brain tumor, the Pennsylvania woman bought a scratch-off ticket from the state lottery that won her a million dollars.

“When I told him about the award, he thought I was lying to him,” Coffman, 61, said of Robert, her husband of 31 years. She believes it was a spiritual intervention that led to her victory.

“I think he was up to something because he was worried. I hope he can see this with composure,” an emotional Coffman said Thursday at a ceremony where lottery officials presented her with a check. The ceremony took place at the gas station where she bought her winning ticket, which cost her $20.

“I don't go out. I work and go home. People know me here (at the station),” Coffman said.

The longtime resident of Freeport, near Pittsburgh, described herself as a regular lottery player who prefers scratch-off tickets. When she realized she had won a big prize, she initially stood in the store in disbelief until a gas station employee confirmed her win. She then went home and shook as she told her husband.

Coffman, who received a lump sum payment, worked in elderly care before retiring last month. She said she plans to use some of her winnings to treat relatives to a luxury trip to Disney and eventually move to Florida. “I don't want winter anymore. I hate the cold,” she said.

She also plans to play the lottery again once the situation has calmed down.

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