5 A.M. Surprise Equals $25,000 a Year for Life

A Petoskey, MI woman can look forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky for Life game.

Irlene Gardner matched the five white balls drawn on May 4 – 10-28-36-45-48 – to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. Gardner bought her winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, located at 2141 South U.S. 131 in Petoskey.

“We were stunned when we checked the ticket the next morning,” said Gardner while at Lottery headquarters with her fiancée. “We missed winning the game’s $1,000 a day for life top prize by just one number!”

Gardner and her fiancée recently welcomed a baby girl to their family, and discovered they were big winners during an early morning feeding.

“I was feeding my daughter about 5 the morning after the drawing and decided to check my ticket,” Gardner said. “For a minute I thought I was dreaming, I started yelling and woke my fiancée up. We both checked, and re-checked the ticket.

“Normally I put my daughter back to bed after she is done eating in the morning, but there was too much excitement to do that. We all stayed up and went to check the ticket at the Meijer gas station make sure we had a winner!”

The ticket scanner at the Meijer gas station confirmed the good news. The family hid the ticket in a jewelry box for safe keeping until heading to Lansing to collect their prize.

Gardner, 32, choose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater. She could have chosen a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

“I was planning to be a stay-at-home mother and this will take some of the financial pressure off our shoulders,” she said. “It’s just so comforting to know we will have this money coming every year.”

“It’s the best $2 investment we’ve ever made!” added Gardener’s fiancée.

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.


An Early Retirement Present – Man Claims “$25,000 a Year for Life”

Shortly after the twice weekly “Lucky for Life” drawing was held on April 30, John Angell of Griswold logged onto the CT Lottery’s website to check the Lucky winning numbers.  “I’m really good with numbers,” Angell told Lottery officials.  “I knew the numbers I had on my ticket, and knew immediately I had a match!  Wow…I was shocked!”

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on April 30, 2015 were 9-12-27-34-38 with the Lucky Ball number, 18.  Angell’s Quick Pick ticket matched the first 5 numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball.  For making such a lucky match, Angell was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.

Lucky’s ever-popular second prize has been won a total of 17 times since the new version of the game began in January 2015.

Angell arrived at CT Lottery headquarters this morning opting to claim his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes).  “I’m going to retire a year from June.  This will help out a lot,” said the General Dynamics Electric Boat employee of nearly 42 years.  “I’m going to pay off my bills and invest in my retirement.  My son and his family will also be getting a really great Christmas present this year.”


$25,000 a Year FOR LIFE Birthday Celebration

A West Warwick, RI man will be celebrating his birthday with $25,000 every year for the rest of his life.  The winner cashed in his Lucky for Life® ticket from last night’s drawing, which matched the first five numbers but not the Lucky Ball number to win the second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

He said his wife passed away two years ago, and he feels that this was her way of giving him a birthday present.  The winner shared the news of his win with his boss this morning by asking him if he knows anyone that ever won the lottery.  When his boss responded “No”, the winner quickly replied, “You do now.”  He assured his boss he’d be back to work on Monday, but told Lottery staff he was planning on retiring in a year, so this money will make that easier.


Public School Worker Wins $25,000 A Year For Life!

Unassuming, yet sure of his win, Mr. Benny Lucas of Southeast, DC presented his Lucky for Life winning lottery ticket at the DC Lottery’s Prize Center. Secured on each side by his wife of 48 years and their daughter, Lucas—a native Washingtonian and long-time employee of the District’s public schools—claimed his $25,000 A Year for Life win with Lucky for Life. The ticket was purchased at Mac Market & Deli located at 5158 MacArthur Boulevard, NW for the game played on April 20. The winning numbers were 44-23-45-17-35 and the Lucky Ball was 15.

“I’m very happy. I’d heard about the win, but didn’t think it was me. Then, I saw on Facebook that the DC Lottery had been at the winning store. I thought I’d better check my tickets because that’s where I got mine,” laughed Lucas who works at a school in the Palisades neighborhood.

Billed as “The Game of a Lifetime,” Lucky for Life is a $2 national jackpot game currently played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. In this region, the game can only be played in the District making this another ‘only in DC’ winning opportunity. The Top Prize for this game is $1,000 A Day for Life. The Second Prize is $25,000 A Year for Life. There are eight other ways to win prizes up to $5,000. Sales for Lucky for Life were initiated in the District in February 2015. This is the first Second Prize awarded for this game in the District of Columbia. The estimated cash option for Lucky for Life’s Second Prize is $390,000.

“Another first for the DC Lottery!” exclaimed Tracey Cohen, the agency’s interim executive director. “The DC Lottery is ecstatic to bring winning opportunities such as Lucky for Life to players in the District. It’s icing on the cake that we are hosting our first $25,000 A Year for Life winner!”