Long Island mother-daughter split $7M in lottery winnings

SELDEN, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island mother and daughter are splitting $7 million in lottery winnings.

Lottery officials announced Tuesday that 82-year-old Marilyn Looney of Middle Island and her daughter, 50-year-old Carol Prevete of Selden, are winners of the Golden Ticket scratch-off game.

Prevete, who's a bookkeeper, says she and her mom have been pooling money for years to buy lottery tickets.

Looney says the excited store clerk "jumped five feet in the air" when he scanned — and rescanned — the winning ticket.

Looney plans to buy a home that she'll share with her daughter's family. Prevete and her husband have four children, including 13-year-old triplets.

Prevete said she plans to pay off her current mortgage "and be debt free."