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Daughter wins free rent for a year, gives awesome prize to her parents

Posted at 8:08 AM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 08:10:45-04

ELMONT, Long Island (PIX11) -- When Mercedes entered PIX11's Home Free Friday contest, she knew exactly what she'd do if she won the $18,000 prize.

"Give it all to my parents," she said. "When I entered, I had them in mind. I knew wholeheartedly that I was going to give them the money."

Mercedes' mother was shocked by the generous gesture Friday morning when PIX11's Lisa Mateo surprised her at her Elmont home.

"This is gonna be so great," the recent retiree and grandmother said, visibly shaken and beaming.

In the videos above, watch the awesome moment when this Long Island's family life changed.

PIX11 News will give away a year's worth of rent or mortgage to three more lucky viewers, one every Friday in November. Click here for details on how you can enter to win.