Grandfather gives granddaughter a prize that will last a lifetime

RALEIGH – Kelly Thomas, 22, of Clemmons got the gift of a lifetime – $25,000 a year for life, for the rest of her life – from her grandfather, Peter Beckage after he bought a winning Lucky for Life ticket. Beckage, 85, who recently moved in with his daughter to be close to family, says Lucky for Life is one of his go-to games. He bought the winning ticket at Carlton’s Hampton Road Grocery in Clemmons on April 14th, after a Palm Sunday breakfast of pancakes with his granddaughter. “I knew if I ever won anything big, I would share it,” said Beckage. “I’m happy with the little wins, and I’m so happy this is a gift I can give to her.” Thomas, who will soon be attending UNC-Wilmington, plans to use her grandfather’s gift to pay for tuition, books and food as she studies to become an elementary school teacher. “To be able to focus on something I’m passionate about thanks to my grandpa is an amazing gift,” said Thomas. “I’ve always dreamed of being a Catholic school teacher and helping people. This money makes it possible for me.” Beckage stayed up late Monday night to check the drawing. “When I got all five, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I had a hard time getting back to sleep I was so excited.” The next morning at church, Beckage couldn’t focus on his prayers. He texted his daughter about his win and what he planned to do with the prize. They then waited together for his granddaughter to come home from volunteering. “Kelly, how would you like to have $25,000 a year for the rest of your life?” said Beckage as he greeted his granddaughter. “Oh my gosh Grandpa, did you win the lottery?” said Thomas. “I can’t believe it!” Thomas and her grandfather claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday. Winners are guaranteed $25,000 a year for life and have the option of taking a lump sum of $390,000. Thomas chose the annuity and received her first annual payment. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $17,688. Lucky for Life has 10 ways to win a prize playing the game. This winning ticket beat the odds of one to 1.8 million to match all five white balls and win $25,000 A Year for Life. The top prize is $1,000 A Day for Life. Ticket sales from games like Lucky for Life made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. To learn how $9.6 million in lottery funds made a difference in Davidson County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


Ticket sold in Auburn wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

May 31, 2019 – John Tessier of Woonsocket, RI is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on his Quic Pic ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Monday, May 20. Tessier, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning ticket at Auburn Park ‘n Shop, 711 Southbridge St. in Auburn. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale. Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m.


East Springfield resident wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

May 31, 2019 – Francisco Feliciano of East Springfield is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on his ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Thursday, May 30. Feliciano, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning ticket at Lighthouse Liquors, 856 Memorial Drive in Chicopee. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale. Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m.


Ticket sold in Wakefield wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

May 20, 2019 – Amarjeet Makkar of Nashua, NH is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on his ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Monday, April 22. Makkar, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning Quic Pic ticket at McGill’s Deli, 1317 Main St. in Wakefield. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale. Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m. ET.


Melrose resident wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

April 26, 2019 Alexander Wilson of Melrose is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on his ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Thursday, April 4.. Wilson chose the annuity option on his prize and received his first annual payment of $25,000 (less tax withholdings). He plans on using some of his winnings to fund his entries into the many ironman races in which he participates. He purchased his winning Quic Pic ticket at Garniss Market, 165 W. Emerson St. in Melrose. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale. Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m. ET.