A Vacation Worth $25,000 a Year for Life!

It took a visit to Michigan for a Las Vegas woman to finally win big. Patricia Kraydich traveled to Michigan to visit newborn twin grandchildren and will head home with plenty of memories and a big stack of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

Kraydich matched the five white balls drawn on June 18 – 04-12-24-42-43 – to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 16761 21 Mile Road in Macomb.

A Michigan native, Kraydich was visiting her daughter and her recently born babies.

“We were headed home and stopped at the 7-Eleven so I could get some money from the ATM and buy a couple of Lottery instant tickets,” said Kraydich. “After buying the instant tickets, I had $5 left and asked the clerk what games were being drawn that day. She recommended Lucky For Life, so I bought two easy picks.”

After spending an evening with family, the Lucky For Life tickets were all but forgotten.

“As I was getting ready for bed, I saw the ticket on the dresser out of the corner of my eye so I checked it on my phone,” said Kraydich. “I was stunned to see I had matched four numbers and ran to tell my daughter.

“She didn’t believe me and wanted to see the ticket for herself. That’s when we realized I had actually matched five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life!”

Winning TicketKraydich called her husband to share the good news and spent the night celebrating with her daughter. For safekeeping, she taped the winning ticket underneath a closet shelf until she made the trip to Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize on Monday.

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

“This is such a life changing thing for me and my husband, it’s like winning a house” said Kraydich. “We work so hard to make ends meet, and this money is going to go a long way in helping to ease the financial pressure we feel every day.”

In addition to purchasing a home, Kraydich and her husband plan to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor.

Michigan players have won nearly $5.6 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including four $25,000 a year for life

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.


A Morning Good Morning To Win

For the last three weeks, Ron Slossar has been playing his own set of Lucky for Life numbers.  Returning from out of town last night, he stopped to make sure he bought a ticket for last night’s Lucky for Life drawing.  When he checked this morning in a ticket checker he found out he was a $5,000 winner.  “I went to another store and checked the ticket again just to make sure.  I was pretty excited.”   The prize money is going right in the bank.  “I’m going to keep playing these numbers…maybe I’ll be back!”


A Day Off Turns Into “Luck that Lasts a Lifetime”

The Montana Lottery’s newest game, Lucky for Life™, has yet another $25,000 a year for life winner.  Iva Johnston of Missoula came to Lottery headquarters today to claim her $25,000 a year for life prize with a ticket they purchased at Ole’s, 3705 Highway 200 East; Missoula.

Iva took the day off of work to come claim her prize. As Lucky for Life™ has only been a part of the Montana Lottery’s lineup for five months, she is the second person in the state to win $25,000 a year for life and the 21st person to win this prize level since the game started nationwide.

Lucky for Life is the newest draw game product introduced by the Montana Lottery since Mega Millions was introduced in 2010. Lucky for Life boasts a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum and a secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum. The Montana Lottery has paid out 12 $5,000 prizes as well as two $25,000 a year for life prizes so far!


A $5,006 Lucky For Life™ Prize?

With two Montana winners from this week’s draw, Lucky For Life™ is on fire! Robert Holian of Lolo is one of the lucky winners. He came in to Lottery headquarters today to claim a $5,006 Lucky for Life prize from the June 15 drawing, with a ticket purchased at the Lolo Super Stop, 100 12011 Highway 93 South; Lolo.

When Robert realized he won, he immediately had to double check his ticket. The numbers he had chosen, however, proved to be lucky. “I chose my numbers based on my kids’ ages,” he shared with us, “and it worked out.”

Robert plans to use his winnings to buy a van with a built-in television for his kids.


A Graduation Surprise: $25,000 a Year for Life

An O’Fallon, MO woman has peace of mind after winning the second prize in the Missouri Lottery’s Lucky for Life™ game. Stephanie Williams, 42, said she has been playing the game since it began in January. She matched five winning numbers in the June 4 drawing to win the $25,000-a-year-for-life prize. Williams choose the annuity, which will pay her as long as she lives.

She thought she only won $25,000 at first.

“I checked it, and it said $25,000,” began Williams. “I checked it three times. I quickly left the store, so I wouldn’t make a scene. I went to the car, and I screamed, and I called my husband.”

Her husband, Ron, didn’t believe her. She later called Lottery headquarters to confirm her win. That’s when she found out it was $25,000 a year for life.

“I said, ‘WHAT?’ I almost dropped the phone. I could not believe it,” she recalled.

Williams just finished her master’s degree and explained that she would continue to work.

“I am going to keep working. It’s just a blessing,” she said. “We want to go to Hawaii. We’ll pay off bills, and just enjoy it a little bit. It’s just nice to know that money will be coming every year.”

She purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at Country Club Car Wash, 2999 Highway K in O’Fallon, MO. The retail location received a $250 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for June 4 were:  15, 21, 32, 37 and 39.

Williams credits her dedication with the win and counseled others to play.

“I never thought I would win, but you can’t win if you don’t play,” she said.