A Sioux City, IA man won a prize of $25,000 a year for life with just the fourth ticket he bought in Iowa’s new Lucky for Life lottery game.
“I noticed I had a lot of numbers and thought that ought to be worth something,” Roy King said as he and his wife, Margaret, claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Clive. “Then I looked again and said, ‘Wait a minute, this is serious.’” King’s ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Lucky Ball in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life.
Iowa became the 18th state to offer Lucky for Life when sales debuted here in late January. King is the state’s first big winner in the game since its Iowa start.
King, 62, who works in sales at a Sioux City furniture and appliances store, said he recently noticed a sign about the Lucky for Life game and decided to give it a try. After matching one number in a couple drawings, he decided to keep playing.
“I said, ‘I don’t care if it’s just $2, I’m going to win,’” King said with a smile as he claimed his prize. “This is more than $2.”
King said that he and his wife will use his lottery winnings to plan for retirement.
“Now we have the option that I can retire when I want, which is very huge,” he said.
Lucky for Life is a $2 game with drawings twice a week, at 9:38 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Players choose five numbers from a pool of 48 for the white balls and 1 out of 18 numbers for the Lucky Ball. Players can win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life by matching all six numbers selected in one of its drawings. The game’s second prize – for matching the first five numbers but missing the Lucky Ball – is $25,000 a year for life. Other prize levels in the game range from $4 up to $5,000.
The game’s top two prize levels are described as “lasting as long as you do,” meaning that they are truly for life. The minimum guaranteed payout for those two prize levels is 20 years, and there is a lump-sum option for players who prefer that. King chose the lump-sum option for his winnings.