Furniture Salesman Wins $25,000 A Year For Life Prize

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.



Birthdays, Special Events Lead To Lucky Numbers And A For Life Winner

Luck is in the air in Connecticut! Aaron Distazio is the second Enfield resident in a row to claim the CT Lottery’s Lucky for Life draw game’s second prize worth $25,000 a year for life! Enfield’s last Lucky second prize winner to step forward, Walter Jekot, claimed his “For Life” prize for the October 19th drawing. Both winners purchased their winning tickets where else, but in Enfield, of course!

The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on March 28, 2016 were 12-21-25-30-40 and Lucky Ball 5. Distazio’s ticket, containing numbers based on family birthdays and special events, matched the first five numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball number. In Connecticut alone, there was a total of 13,530 lucky winners on that date with prizes ranging from $3 to “$25,000 a year for life” state-wide.

If the annuity prize option is chosen, the minimum guaranteed amount Lucky for Life second prize winners could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but those who live longer than that receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. Second prize winners also have the option to claim their prize in a one-time cash lump sum of $390,000.

Distazio presented his winning ticket last Friday at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill, and opted for the game’s cash lump sum prize of $390,000 (value before taxes). Vimla Agera, owner of Tony’s Little Store at 1436 Enfield Street where Distazio’s ticket was purchased, was especially touched by the winner’s good fortune. “We’ve been selling lottery for over 20 years; people say this is a lucky store. A lot of people come here to buy their tickets,” said Agera. “I wish for him much success, and I’m really very happy for him.” Tony’s Little Store will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling a $25,000 year for life prize winning ticket.

Birthday Numbers Payout Lucky for Life Top Prize!

Opting for the one-time cash payout, Manchester, NH resident Robert Keefe received his $5.75 million Lucky For Life top prize at New Hampshire Lottery headquarters today. As the top prize winner, Keefe had the option of taking home $1,000 a day for life, or the one-time cash payout of $5.75 million, before taxes. Keefe bought his winning ticket at the Hannaford Supermarket at 859 Hanover Street in Manchester for the drawing on March 3. Keefe is the second Lucky For Life top prize winner from New Hampshire since the game launched in March 2012.

Keefe, who was born in Las Vegas but has lived in New Hampshire for most of his life, plays all of the New Hampshire Lottery’s jackpot games, including

Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks and Lucky For Life. In fact, Keefe has never missed a drawing. He uses the same numbers for all of the games with his numbers representing birthdays.

“We were so thrilled to meet our big Lucky For Life Winner and New Hampshire’s newest millionaire! Congratulations to Robert Keefe,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “It is so gratifying for the New Hampshire Lottery when a loyal, long-time player wins the top prize. We wish all the best to Mr. Keefe!”

Keefe’s winning ticket was a multi-draw ticket, good for eight consecutive Lucky For Life drawings from February 8 through March 3. It was on the final and last drawing that his ticket won the top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Keefe is the 10th top prize winner in all states since the game’s inception.

The winning numbers for the March 3 drawing were 3-4-10-18-21 Lucky Ball: 2.

Richard Higgins of Manchester became the first player from New Hampshire to win Lucky For Life’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life in August 2013. Higgins purchased the winning ticket at Bunny’s Superette at 75 Webster Street in Manchester.

In January 2015, Lucky For Life, now known as “The Game of a Lifetime,” was expanded to offer larger prize amounts and improved odds. In addition to its top prize, the game also features a $25,000 second prize and other cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $2.