‘Luck,’ truck for new Lucky for Life winner

Robert Scanlon of Holyoke, MA is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” game after the numbers on his Quic Pic ticket correctly matched the first five numbers selected in the drawing that took place Monday, December 21.

Scanlon wasted no time in claiming his prize, making the trip to the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Tuesday, December 22 to do so.  He opted to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes).  He plans on using a portion of his winnings to buy a new pickup truck.

Grandson’s $25,000 a Year For Life Win

A Warren, MI man says his grandmother in heaven helped him win $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

“Playing the Lottery is one of the things that my grandma and I always did together. Even up until the day she passed away about a year ago, I would tease her and tell her I was going to win big someday,” said Matthew Stelman, 34. “When a co-worker texted me to tell me someone from my neighborhood had won Lucky For Life, I knew it had to be me and I knew my grandma had helped make it happen.”

After receiving the text from his co-worker, Stelman went to his car to check his ticket.

“When I saw I matched five numbers, my first thoughts were: ‘Where do I hide the ticket and who do I tell first?’” said Stelman. “I went back into work, but my mind was racing thinking about how much I’d just won.”

Stelman decided to keep his big win a secret until his family gathered for Thanksgiving.

“I pulled my girlfriend and Mom aside and told them first,” said Stelman. “When I told everyone else it took some convincing for them to believe me, but after it finally sank in everyone kept saying the same thing: ‘You know you can thank your grandma for this!’”

Stelman visited Michigan Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. He could have opted to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000.

With his winnings, Stelman plans to take a much deserved vacation to a warm destination this winter and use the remaining payments for investments.

“Having a $25,000 safety net each year for the rest of my life, and the ability to invest the money and produce wealth for me and my family is a tremendous opportunity,” Stelman said.