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Retired corrections officer wins free rent for a year

Posted: 10:40 AM, Nov 21, 2014
Updated: 2014-11-21 10:40:44-05

CANARSIE, Brooklyn (PIX11) --  A retired corrections officer won the ultimate prize Friday: free rent for a year.

A husband and father of six who is “waiting for grandkids to come along,” Mike Pennington said the life-changing prize will help him “in so many ways” that he couldn’t pick just one.

“I just wish my wife Angel was here,” he said with tears in his eyes. (He called his wife during commercial break to tell her the huge news.)

Pennington entered PIX11’s Home Free Friday contest last spring. When the opportunity arose again, he jumped at the chance.

“I finally made it,” he said. “I stuck with it and it paid off.”