$25,000 A Year For Life Win Was Days In The Making

For over three hours, Stephen Reaves of Statesville walked around with the prize of a lifetime in his back pocket and didn’t even know it.

Reaves bought his ticket Wednesday, May 11th, for the Lucky for Life drawing on Thursday, May 12th. But he didn’t check it until Saturday.

“I was walking around with the winning ticket in my wallet and didn’t even realize it,” Reaves said.

Reaves went back to the store where he bought the ticket and had the clerk check it. When he found out he won the game’s second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life he couldn’t believe it.

“I was like ‘Oh Lord,’” Reaves said. “It took a little while to sink in.”

Reaves claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Players who win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a Day for Life or the second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life can collect the payment for as long as they live.

Reaves also had the option of getting a lump sum of $390,000. He chose the cash option. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $270,075. He plans to use some of the money to buy a house.

Reaves bought the $2 Quick Pick ticket at the Food Mart on Salisbury Road in Statesville. He matched all five white balls, beating the odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize.

This is the 6th time since the game launched in February that a ticket sold in North Carolina has won the $25,000 a Year for Life prize.

20 lotteries play Lucky for Life. In all there are 10 ways to win a prize playing the game. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday night.

Ticket sales from games like Lucky for Life made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars for the state last year. For details on how over $60.7 million in lottery funds has made a difference in Iredell County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.


Lucky Women Share $25,000 A Year For Life Prize

Jane Harris and Teresa Vaccarella, both of the Town of Hemby Bridge in Union County, claimed the $25,000 a Year for Life prize Monday in the new Lucky for Life game.

Players who win the game’s second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life can collect the payment for as long as they live. They also have the option of getting a lump sum of $390,000.

Harris and Vaccarella chose the cash option and split the prize. After federal and state tax withholdings, each took home $135,037.

The lucky ticket was purchased at the Food Lion on Idlewild Road in Indian Trail. It matched all five white balls in the May 9 drawing, beating odds of one in 1.8 million. Players whose numbers match all six numbers drawn win the top prize of $1,000 A Day For Life.

This is the 5th time since the game launched in February that someone who bought a ticket sold in North Carolina has claimed the $25,000 a Year for Life prize. Still unclaimed is a sixth $25,000 A Year For Life prize that was won in the April 11 drawing by a ticket sold at the Harris Teeter on N.C. 55 in Cary.

Twenty lotteries offer the Lucky for Life game. In all, there are 10 ways to win a prize playing the game. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday night. Tickets are $2 each.

Ticket sales from games like Lucky for Life made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars for the state last year. For details on how more than $91 million in lottery funds has made a difference in Union County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.