Large Family Gets a $25,000 a Year For Life Surprise

When Dale Smith stopped by the grocery, he was told he should “Head home and check his ticket”, because the grocery knew they’d sold a winning ticket, and Dale’s just one of a couple who play Lucky For Life in Winifred. Dale calls his wife and says “Check it out, we may have won $5,000.” She checks a little deeper, and says “You’d better come home.” Once Dale saw the numbers and the prize, he called his daughters and they planned a trip to Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena to collect their prize.

Once in town, the family decided to take the prize as a lump sum, which came to over $390,000. Dale told us his wife and daughters spent the whole trip planning how to spend the money, and shopping for cars. When asked if they were going to stay and celebrate in Helena, the Smith’s said no, they needed to get home to have a party with their four brothers.


Veteran Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Michigan man doesn’t plan to let winning a life changing amount of money change the way he lives his life.

David Middaugh won $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game. He bought his winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 103 North M66 in Charlevoix. He matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 29-33-36-47-48 – to win the big prize.

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

“I heard a rumor that someone in Charlevoix had won, but had no idea I was the winner,” said Middaugh. “I checked my ticket Friday morning but wasn’t sure I was seeindavid middaugh charlevoix countyg things right. I took my ticket back to the Family Fare and had it scanned. When I got a printout to call the Lottery office, that’s when I knew I had won.”

The 50-year-old Navy veteran, went home to tell his wife the good news.

“It took a little convincing before my wife believed me,” said Middaugh. “She thought I was joking with her, but once she believed me she was in shock, too.

“The next thing I did was call my mother to tell her about my big win,” said Middaugh. “She is on a fixed income and I told her not worry about her finances anymore.”

In addition to taking care of his mother, Middaugh plans to pay some bills and finally take a long-overdue vacation with his wife.

“My wife and I haven’t been on a vacation in a really long time, so I’m really looking forward to taking her somewhere nice,” said Middaugh. “Whatever is left, will go into the bank.

“As a disabled Navy veteran, this money will really come in handy. My wife and I are quiet people who enjoy spending time with our family. We’ll continue to live our lives that way, but we’ll be more comfortable financially,” Middaugh said.