By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
A Massachusetts man's notion to pay off his mortgage in pennies started out as a joke 35 years ago, then became an obsession and finally turned into a reality, The Milford Daily News reports.
In April, Thomas Daigle delivered two 400-pound boxes holding more than 62,000 pennies onto the steps of Milford Federal savings and Loan Association to make the last payment on the home he and his wife Sandra bought when they married in 1977.
Daigle tells the newspaper's Derek McLean that he just wanted to make the last payment "memorable," and began collecting an average of 2.5 pennies a day.
He carefully rolled them into packs of exactly 50 cents. Milford Federal, the newspaper reports, claims every roll was accurately counted.
Daigle says his wife didn't know how many he'd saved over the years -- she'd just laugh whenever he'd find a penny and tell her it was for the mortgage.
As the big day neared, Daigle says, he gave the mortgage company a heads up and they were "100% for it."
He tells the newspaper it became something he wanted to do, and "I always follow through."
His only worry: "I was just praying I didn't die first."