Judy Finlay has had a lucky week, including winning $1000 from The Observer's Melbourne Cup sweep.
Judy Finlay has had a lucky week, including winning $1000 from The Observer's Melbourne Cup sweep. Laura McKee

$1000 sweep win caps lucky week for Judy

JUDY Finlay might be the luckiest 74-year-old around.

The grandmother of eight won $1000 in The Observer's Lucky Cup Biggest Sweep competition for Melbourne Cup last week.

Mrs Finlay was tickled pink when she heard her horse Who Shot Thebarman came third in the sweep. It was horse number 12.

"I thought there had been a mistake. I hadn't even read the form. My son registered it for me on his email address," she said.

"I was over the moon. It's not every day this happens."

But the winning didn't stop there.

In the week after the Cup, Mrs Finlay continued her run of luck, including winning $8 on an old scratchie.

The number 12 holds special significance for Mrs Finlay.

"January 12, 1939, was my late husband's birthday. We were married for 46 years and eight months," she said.

"It was very special that I won number 12. I had a lump in my throat when I found out."

Mrs Finlay admitted she was quite a lucky woman and loved participating in sweeps.

But she said she hadn't won anywhere near $1000 before.

The former Nagoorin school teacher aide said she was determined to go on a cruise with her winnings because that's what her "Kevie" would have wanted her to do.

"We didn't enjoy many holidays together. I can imagine him saying he would want me to go and enjoy myself," she said.

SHE'S A LUCKY LADY TO BE AROUND: What Judy won in Cup week...

  • $1000 in APN Melbourne Cup sweep
  • Best dressed at Evenglow Melbourne Cup luncheon
  • First prize at a bingo raffle with ticket number 2312. Mrs Finlay's birthday is on January 23 and Mr Finlay's birthday was January 12
  • $8 on an old scratchie
  • Picked the second horse in the National Seniors Melbourne Cup sweep


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