Extra “Lucky” Quick Pick Ticket Rewards Man with “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize

“Lucky” is finding an open parking spot right in front of the store where you buy your lottery tickets.  Extra lucky is then purchasing a Lucky for Life “Quick Pick” ticket for March 26 and matching five of the winning numbers drawn for the game’s second highest prize, $25,000 a year for life.

“Every week or so, if there’s a parking spot open at the store, I pull in and buy a few tickets.  If there isn’t a spot—I don’t buy any,” Frank Bonadies of Winsted told lottery officials.  “When I checked my tickets online Sunday and saw the match, I didn’t believe it at first, so I went down to the store to have them check it.  [The retailer] had a big grin on his face, shook my hand and said congratulations. By the time I drove down the road, it really sunk in and I was crying.  I was so happy,” Bonadies said.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on March 26, 2015 were 26-31-33-45-46 with the Lucky Ball number of 15.  Bonadies’ Quick Pick ticket matched the first 5 numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball.  For making such a lucky match, Bonadies was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.  A second “$25,000 a year for life” prize winning ticket was also sold on that date to Alfred Arellano of Stratford.

Bonadies arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill yesterday and opted to claim his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes).  “This is such a blessing.  It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Bonadies.  “It will help to make some much needed repairs on my old Victorian house, and to take my mom on a vacation.  In her whole life, she’s never been on a real vacation.”


Lucky for Life™ winners keep rolling in!

Darlene Smith of Helena is the fourth person to win $5,000 from The Montana Lottery’s newest game, Lucky for Life™ since it went on sale January 27, 2015. Darlene purchased her ticket for the March 26 drawing at Albertsons, 3151 N. Montana Ave.; Helena and she wasted no time coming to claim her prize.

Darlene called Lottery headquarters this morning to listen to the recording of the winning numbers and found out she had matched four numbers and the Lucky Ball. Unsure of how much that combination of numbers was worth, she stopped by Lottery headquarters to check her ticket. When she found out her ticket was worth $5,000 she was in total shock.

Darlene is a retired VA employee and her husband is retired military. Darlene stated “she doesn’t play Lottery often but on a whim decided to buy some Lucky for Life tickets.” However, the couple is not new to winning it big. Darlene’s husband won $250,000 playing a Lotto game several years ago.

Darlene stated that “she is planning on tucking away her winnings until she can think of something fun she would like to buy or a fun trip she would like to take.”


New Lucky for Life Player Wins $25,000 a Year For Life

The first player in Missouri to win $25,000 a year for life in the new Missouri Lottery Draw Game claimed her prize on March 23. Eleanor Mirgaux of Truxton said she buys tickets for most of the Draw Games on Sundays after church. She added Lucky for Life to her stable in the last month, and it’s already paying off. Mirgaux won the second prize in the game in the drawing on March 16, earning her a prize that will pay $25,000 for the rest of her life. She chose the lump-sum of $390,000.

“I’m 72-years-old,” she said, in explanation of her choice.

Mirgaux said she didn’t know she was a winner, until she returned to Mini Market, 16 S. Highway 47 in Hawk Point, to buy her tickets the following Sunday.

“This last Sunday, I had already bought my tickets when she told me I was winner,” she recalled. “She checked it two or three times. I was shocked.

“Probably put it in the bank!” she said of the winnings. “I’ve got everything I want. As long as I’ve got my health and the good Lord watching over me, that’s all I need.”

Mirgaux won with a Quick Pick ticket. The winning numbers for March 16 were:  1, 18, 22, 37 and 40. If she had matched the Lucky Ball number of 13, it would have resulted in a prize of $1,000 a day for life.

Lucky for Life is a twice-weekly Draw Game, with drawings on Mondays and Thursdays. The two top prizes in the game offer an annuity that will pay out for as long as the winner lives, guaranteed for 20 years.


Retired Woman Wins $5,000

Mary Golt of Great Falls claimed her $5,000 win with a ticket purchased at Albertsons, 2250 10th Ave S.; Great Falls.  Mary is a retired Montana Lottery retailer and was very happy about her win.

She said when she checked her ticket it said, “file a claim form,” so she verified her winning numbers against her ticket and found out she had won $5,000.  She stated that “she didn’t want to mail her ticket in, she wanted to drive to Helena so when she won the jackpot she would know where it is.”


Lucky 3 A.M. Surprise

Brian Elliott of Buffalo is Minnesota’s second Lucky for Life lifetime prize winner. A ticket that Elliott purchased for the March 12 drawing matched the first five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life.

“I was on the way to meet my sister for her birthday lunch, and stopped at the store for a beverage and decided to purchase a Lucky for Life ticket,” Elliott explained. “I like the payouts, cash prizes and odds. It’s similar to Hot Lotto.”

Elliott said he checked his ticket online at 3 a.m. on March 13. “I looked and looked,” he said after the first five numbers on his ticket matched the first five numbers drawn. He shared his discovery with his long-time girlfriend, Cindy VanLith, who verified that the ticket did win $25,000 a year for life.

“Brian has been playing a long time,” VanLith said. “He always said he’s going to win.”

Elliott claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on March 13. He selected the cash option of $390,000.


Kentucky Lottery players can now become Lucky For Life!

Imagine winning $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of your life.

That’s what’s up for grabs with Lucky for Life, the Kentucky Lottery’s newest draw game. In addition to the top prize, the game’s second prize also features a “for life” feature – $25,000 a year every year for life.

“Lottery players in Kentucky have shown over the years to really enjoy this concept,” said the KLC’s President and CEO Arch Gleason. “We’re excited for our customer’s reactions to a new version of this exciting way to play and win, for life.”

The game works on a principle similar to the Powerball game, where players match numbers drawn from two different machines. To win the game’s grand prize, players must match five numbers drawn from 48 in the game’s first machine and match one number drawn from 18 in the Lucky Ball machine. The $25,000 a year for life second prize is won by matching the five numbers drawn from the first machine but not the Lucky Ball.

“Players always have a question about games like this. They want to know if we keep the money if something happens to them shortly after their win,” Gleason said. “Lucky for Life has a minimum 20 year payment for the first and second prizes if a player passes away, and those continued payments would go to a winner’s estate. We hope though they continue to enjoy this prize for years after the 20 year minimum.”


Winning Ticket Brings a Bright Future

A 26-year-old man said winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game has brightened his future.

Cliff Yaldo, of West Bloomfield, described winning $25,000 a year for life as “the biggest relief of my life” when he visited Lottery headquarters to collect his prize. He matched the five white balls drawn – 08-28-35-38-45 – in Thursday’s Lucky For Life drawing to win his big prize.

“Knowing I have $25,000 coming each year is just such a relief. It’s hard to put into words what it means for me and my family, but it takes so much stress off my shoulders,” said Yaldo.

Yaldo bought his winning Lucky For Life ticket at the Livonia Liquor Shop, located at 28225 5 Mile Road in Livonia. His family has owned and operated the store for the past 11 years.

“As a family business, we all work very hard at the store and do a lot of Lottery business,” said Yaldo. “All three of my brothers and my parents were very excited for me when I won.”

Yaldo credits the store’s customers with alerting him that he might be the big winner.

“On Friday, players were coming in and telling us that the store had sold a winning Lucky For Life ticket,” said Yaldo. “I never in a million years expected it to be mine. I checked my ticket when I got home and went crazy. It’s such a surreal feeling to have won.”

Yaldo will receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater. He could have chosen a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

Yaldo plans to use his winnings to take a trip and start saving for a wedding, and possibly a new home.

The Yaldo’s family business will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket and that money will be invested into the business, Yaldo said.

“Our store is well known in the area for carrying plenty of Michigan wine and craft beer products,” said Yaldo. “Word of our store selling a big winning ticket traveled fast, and we’ve had more people playing Lucky For Life at our store than ever before.”

Through the game’s first 14 draws, Michigan players have won more than $1.9 million playing Lucky For Life, including 14 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing nearly 17,200 winners in Michigan, on average.

All told, Michigan players have bought more than 240,000 winning Lucky For Life tickets.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m.


Another LUCKY $5,000 Win

A decision to start playing a new Missouri Lottery game led one Raytown woman to a $5,000 win. Roberta Stephenson, 57, said she regularly plays several Draw Games and recently added Lucky for Life to her list. She matched four numbers in the March 12 drawing to win the $5,000 prize.

“I play Powerball, Show Me Cash, Lotto and Mega (Millions),” began Stephenson.

She just added Lucky for Life in the last few weeks and has already won her largest prize to date.

Stephenson was accompanied by her husband, Rick, to the Kansas City office on March 13 to claim her prize. She bought the winning Quick Pick ticket Apple Market, 11501 E. 63rd St., in Raytown. He discovered the prize while checking tickets on MOLottery.com.

“She was in bed, and I was going through there (checking tickets),” explained Rick. “She got abruptly woken up.”

“It didn’t occur to me that there was a good reason that there was screaming going on,” added Roberta.

Stephenson manages a school cafeteria in the Lee’s Summit school district. She said the windfall would be saved for retirement.

“We’re going to save it for a while,” she said.

“Just keep trying, because it will pay off,” she counseled others.


Retired School Teacher has “Luck that Lasts a Lifetime”

The Montana Lottery’s newest game, Lucky for Life™, hasn’t even been on sale for two months and we already had our first $25,000 a year for life winner.  Mary Ann and Steve Rice from Helena came to Lottery headquarters today to claim their $25,000 a year for life prize with a ticket they purchased at Van’s Thriftway, 306 Euclid Ave.; Helena.

Mary Ann is a retired school teacher and Steve is a general contractor. Steve had purchased a Lucky for Life ticket for the draw that occurred before their big win. He had matched the Lucky Ball on that ticket, winning him $4, and decided to use that money to buy two more Lucky for Life tickets. While at Van’s he called his wife and asked if she would like him to buy her a Lucky for Life ticket also, to which she replied yes. That was the ticket that ended up being a $25,000 for life winner!

Mary Ann and Steve stated that their daughter Ashley is their “lucky charm” and her birthday was actually one of the winning numbers. They plan to use their winnings to pay some bills and visit their daughter in Washington D.C. Because their prize is “for life,” they will continue to use their winnings as a supplemental income and to help out family and friends.


Man Gets Lucky With $5,000 Quick Pick Ticket

A Lee’s Summit man noticed the advertisement for the new Missouri Lottery game while checking out at Price Chopper and decided to take a chance. He purchased a Quick Pick Lucky for Life ticket and won on his third try. Richard Hillman, 69, said he usually only plays when the jackpots get big.

“Powerball, Mega Millions – when they get to $200 million, I play them,” began Hillman.

Even though he’s approaching retirement age, the idea of a prize that pays for a lifetime appealed to Hillman. Lucky for Life offers a top prize of $1,000 a day for life.

“It sounded like a decent prize,” he said.

Although he didn’t win a lifetime prize, Hillman was thrilled with his first big Lottery win. He returned to Price Chopper, 937 NE Woods Chapel Road in Lee’s Summit, and scanned his ticket at Check-A-Ticket machine. When the clerk told him he had to claim the prize at the Kansas City Lottery office, he didn’t waste any time.

“I’ve got ice cream in the car, so we need to move this along,” he joked.

Hillman first teased that he planned to hide the money from his wife, Lois. Then he suggested using the money to buy her hearing aids. Finally, he admitted that they money would probably be used to pay down debt.

“Just get lucky,” he suggested for other players.