Retired grandma wins free rent for a year from PIX11 News

Posted at 8:10 AM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 08:22:48-04

THE BRONX (PIX11) — A postal retiree is PIX11 News’ first #HomeFreeFriday winner.

“God answered my prayers,” Olga Castro said tearfully Friday morning as PIX11 News’ Lisa Mateo surprised her with a huge check for $18,000.

That money will go toward a year’s worth of rent for Castro’s Bronx apartment, where she lives with her daughter and granddaughter.

Castro is a former postal worker and said ever since she retired in 2009, she’s been helping to raise her granddaughter.

“All I worry about is rent. That’s all I’m interested in right now,” she said. “After that, I’ll figure it out. I can’t believe it. I cannot believe it.”

Three more lucky PIX11 viewers will win rent or mortgage for an entire year in the month of May. Every Friday, we’ll announce the winner live.

For your chance to win, just watch the PIX11 Morning News between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. ET every Monday through Thursday and listen for that day’s keyword. Once you have the keyword, text it to 77944.

You can also enter the daily keyword online, here.

Read the complete list of official contest rules, here.

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Olga Castro cries tears of joy as PIX11 News’ Lisa Mateo surprises her with a huge check for $18,000 as part of PIX11’s #HomeFreeFriday on Friday, May 2, 2014.