Two Friends’ Lucky Numbers Lead To Lifetime Of Winnings

Lakisha Henry from Clinton and David Brinson from North Carolina, have shared a friendship for seven years. And after sharing a set of lucky numbers, they each now have the prize of a lifetime.

Two tickets sold for last Thursday’s Lucky For Life drawing on September 15, 2016, beat the odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 A Year For Life. Henry had one ticket, Brinson had the other.

They play the game regularly, but this time Henry decided not to use her own numbers.

“She told me, ‘I’m going to write down your numbers,’” Brinson said. “I told her she needed to write down her own numbers, but she didn’t.”

“He’s good with numbers,” explained Henry, a home health care aide. “He’s pretty lucky.”

Brinson called Henry at work when he found out they both won.

“I made him read off the numbers to me because I didn’t believe it,” Henry said.

Brinson said he’s no stranger to luck. He’s a cancer survivor.

“I feel the same way I did before I won the money,” Brinson said. “I’m more excited to be cancer free.”

Henry and Brinson claimed their prizes Wednesday 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. They also had the option of getting a lump sum of $390,000.

Both Henry and Brinson chose the cash option. After federal and state tax withholdings, they each took home $270,075. Henry plans to use the money to pay off her house. Brinson plans to use the money to help his family.

The friends bought their $2 tickets at the Magnolia Food Mart on North Monk Street in Magnolia.

This marks nine times since the game launched in February, that a ticket sold in North Carolina has won the $25,000 A Year For Life prize.

In all, 21 lotteries offer the Lucky For Life® game. Players have 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 North Carolina Education Lottery to raise more than $600 million for the state last year. For details on how that money is benefiting all of the counties in North Carolina click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.

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Farmer Plans To “Harvest” His ‘For-Life’ Winnings

Congratulations to Jerry Chappell on his $25,000 a year for life prize from the September 15 Lucky for Life® drawing! According to Kentucky Lottery officials, Chappell is the first person in Kentucky to win the Lucky for Life® second prize since it joined the multi-state game on March 15, 2016.

Chappell, a tobacco and beef cattle farmer, claimed his prize on September 20, 2016 and says he will “harvest” his winnings.

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Grand Prize, ‘For Life’ Win Goes To Lucky Quick Pick Player

A Massachusetts woman is the fourth lucky state resident to claim a Lucky for Life® grand prize in Thursday night’s drawing, since the inception of the game in 2012.

Gail Harmon won the game’s $1,000 a day for life prize by correctly matching all six numbers from the drawing held on the September 22, 2016.  Harmon’s winning Quic Pic ticket combination was 15-17-27-37-45, and the Lucky Ball number 08.

Harmon elected to receive her prize as a cash option and received a one-time payment of $5.7 million, less tax withholdings.  Her plans for the windfall include buying a lake home in New England. Harmon’s lucky ticket was purchased at Broadway Convenience located at 14 Broadway Road in Dracut. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale.

The multi-state Lucky for Life game is played in 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to this fourth grand prize award, the Mass. State Lottery has awarded a total of 24 second-tier prizes of $25,000 a year for life.

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Quick Pick Lands Couple $25,000 A Year for Life Prize

An El Dorado Springs couple is now “lucky for life” after claiming a $25,000 a year for life second-tier prize in the Missouri Lottery Draw Game.

Robert, 53, and Kathryn, 60, Foley claimed their prize at the Lottery’s Springfield regional office on Aug. 26 after using Quick Pick to correctly match five numbers in the Aug. 18 drawing, which were:  1, 2, 14, 19 and 48.

While claiming their prize, Robert disclosed that he has been playing Lucky for Life® since it was first introduced in Missouri in January 2015, and that he typically makes all of his Missouri Lottery purchases from S & B Liquors, 3320 E. Highway 54 in El Dorado Springs, which received a $250 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The couple, who found out they had won their prize by checking their numbers at MOLottery.com, decided to take the $390,000 cash option over the annuity:  a guaranteed minimum $25,000 a year for 20 years. With their prize, the couple is looking forward to paying off bills and padding their savings account.

Lucky for Life is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game that features 10 ways to win. The Foleys are the fourth Missouri Lottery Lucky for Life players to win a $25,000 a year for life second-tier prize since the Draw Game was introduced. Lucky for Life drawings are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:38 p.m. Research all current and past winning numbers at MOLottery.com.


Supermarket Employee Wins $25,000 A Year For Life Prize At Work

A Quad Cities man said his boss had a little fun when it came to helping him determine that he’d won a prize of $25,000 a year for life in the Lucky for Life® lottery game. That’s because Kevin Reynolds’ boss had a good idea that Kevin was the winner before he even knew it.

“They sat me down and they said, ‘Is there something you need to tell me?'” Reynolds, of Bettendorf, remembered with a laugh as he claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Clive. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And they said, ‘We know you play the lottery. Have you checked your tickets?'”

Reynolds works in the produce department at the Davenport supermarket where he bought his winning ticket. And after reviewing security-camera footage with the lottery, store management thought Kevin might be the man they could see in the footage purchasing the ticket.

“And sure enough, I checked it right there in front of them,” Reynolds said. “All I could say was, ‘Wow. Wow.'”

Reynolds’ ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Lucky Ball in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing on August 25, 2016, which earned him the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life. He bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 4064 E. 53rd St. in Davenport. Hy-Vee will receive a $500 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket at one of its stores.

The winning numbers in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing were: 13-21-27-35-43 and Lucky Ball 14.

Players can win Lucky for Life’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. 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.

Reynolds, 56, chose to receive his prize in annual payments and received his first check for $25,000 on Thursday. He plans to use his lottery winnings to plan for retirement.

“I think this is going to ease the burden a little bit for my retirement,” he said. “This will help out.”

Reynolds, who won his big prize with an easy-pick ticket, said he’ll continue to play the lottery from time to time.

“I won’t expect to win big again, but I might play once in a while,” he said..

Iowa became the 18th state to offer Lucky for Life when sales debuted in late January. Reynolds is the state’s second big winner in the game since its Iowa start. Roy King of Sioux City won a prize of $25,000 a year for life in March.

Lucky for Life is a $2 game with drawings twice a week, 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.

The odds of winning Lucky for Life’s top prize are about 1 in 30.8 million, as compared to odds of about 1 in 292.2 million of winning the Powerball® jackpot; and odds of about 1 in 259 million of winning the Mega Millions® jackpot.

Prize: $25,000 a year for life
Chosen to receive as: Annuity option of $25,000 a year for life, with annual payment of $25,000 for at least 20 years
Federal Withholding: $6,250
State Withholding: $1,250
Net Amount: $17,500