A Day Off Turns Into “Luck that Lasts a Lifetime”

The Montana Lottery’s newest game, Lucky for Life™, has yet another $25,000 a year for life winner.  Iva Johnston of Missoula came to Lottery headquarters today to claim her $25,000 a year for life prize with a ticket they purchased at Ole’s, 3705 Highway 200 East; Missoula.

Iva took the day off of work to come claim her prize. As Lucky for Life™ has only been a part of the Montana Lottery’s lineup for five months, she is the second person in the state to win $25,000 a year for life and the 21st person to win this prize level since the game started nationwide.

Lucky for Life is the newest draw game product introduced by the Montana Lottery since Mega Millions was introduced in 2010. Lucky for Life boasts a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum and a secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum. The Montana Lottery has paid out 12 $5,000 prizes as well as two $25,000 a year for life prizes so far!


A $5,006 Lucky For Life™ Prize?

With two Montana winners from this week’s draw, Lucky For Life™ is on fire! Robert Holian of Lolo is one of the lucky winners. He came in to Lottery headquarters today to claim a $5,006 Lucky for Life prize from the June 15 drawing, with a ticket purchased at the Lolo Super Stop, 100 12011 Highway 93 South; Lolo.

When Robert realized he won, he immediately had to double check his ticket. The numbers he had chosen, however, proved to be lucky. “I chose my numbers based on my kids’ ages,” he shared with us, “and it worked out.”

Robert plans to use his winnings to buy a van with a built-in television for his kids.


A Graduation Surprise: $25,000 a Year for Life

An O’Fallon, MO woman has peace of mind after winning the second prize in the Missouri Lottery’s Lucky for Life™ game. Stephanie Williams, 42, said she has been playing the game since it began in January. She matched five winning numbers in the June 4 drawing to win the $25,000-a-year-for-life prize. Williams choose the annuity, which will pay her as long as she lives.

She thought she only won $25,000 at first.

“I checked it, and it said $25,000,” began Williams. “I checked it three times. I quickly left the store, so I wouldn’t make a scene. I went to the car, and I screamed, and I called my husband.”

Her husband, Ron, didn’t believe her. She later called Lottery headquarters to confirm her win. That’s when she found out it was $25,000 a year for life.

“I said, ‘WHAT?’ I almost dropped the phone. I could not believe it,” she recalled.

Williams just finished her master’s degree and explained that she would continue to work.

“I am going to keep working. It’s just a blessing,” she said. “We want to go to Hawaii. We’ll pay off bills, and just enjoy it a little bit. It’s just nice to know that money will be coming every year.”

She purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at Country Club Car Wash, 2999 Highway K in O’Fallon, MO. The retail location received a $250 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for June 4 were:  15, 21, 32, 37 and 39.

Williams credits her dedication with the win and counseled others to play.

“I never thought I would win, but you can’t win if you don’t play,” she said.


5 A.M. Surprise Equals $25,000 a Year for Life

A Petoskey, MI woman can look forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky for Life game.

Irlene Gardner matched the five white balls drawn on May 4 – 10-28-36-45-48 – to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. Gardner bought her winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, located at 2141 South U.S. 131 in Petoskey.

“We were stunned when we checked the ticket the next morning,” said Gardner while at Lottery headquarters with her fiancée. “We missed winning the game’s $1,000 a day for life top prize by just one number!”

Gardner and her fiancée recently welcomed a baby girl to their family, and discovered they were big winners during an early morning feeding.

“I was feeding my daughter about 5 the morning after the drawing and decided to check my ticket,” Gardner said. “For a minute I thought I was dreaming, I started yelling and woke my fiancée up. We both checked, and re-checked the ticket.

“Normally I put my daughter back to bed after she is done eating in the morning, but there was too much excitement to do that. We all stayed up and went to check the ticket at the Meijer gas station make sure we had a winner!”

The ticket scanner at the Meijer gas station confirmed the good news. The family hid the ticket in a jewelry box for safe keeping until heading to Lansing to collect their prize.

Gardner, 32, choose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater. She could have chosen a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

“I was planning to be a stay-at-home mother and this will take some of the financial pressure off our shoulders,” she said. “It’s just so comforting to know we will have this money coming every year.”

“It’s the best $2 investment we’ve ever made!” added Gardener’s fiancée.

For just $2 per play, Lucky for Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life.


An Early Retirement Present – Man Claims “$25,000 a Year for Life”

Shortly after the twice weekly “Lucky for Life” drawing was held on April 30, John Angell of Griswold logged onto the CT Lottery’s website to check the Lucky winning numbers.  “I’m really good with numbers,” Angell told Lottery officials.  “I knew the numbers I had on my ticket, and knew immediately I had a match!  Wow…I was shocked!”

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on April 30, 2015 were 9-12-27-34-38 with the Lucky Ball number, 18.  Angell’s Quick Pick ticket matched the first 5 numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball.  For making such a lucky match, Angell was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.

Lucky’s ever-popular second prize has been won a total of 17 times since the new version of the game began in January 2015.

Angell arrived at CT Lottery headquarters this morning opting to claim his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes).  “I’m going to retire a year from June.  This will help out a lot,” said the General Dynamics Electric Boat employee of nearly 42 years.  “I’m going to pay off my bills and invest in my retirement.  My son and his family will also be getting a really great Christmas present this year.”


$25,000 a Year FOR LIFE Birthday Celebration

A West Warwick, RI man will be celebrating his birthday with $25,000 every year for the rest of his life.  The winner cashed in his Lucky for Life® ticket from last night’s drawing, which matched the first five numbers but not the Lucky Ball number to win the second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

He said his wife passed away two years ago, and he feels that this was her way of giving him a birthday present.  The winner shared the news of his win with his boss this morning by asking him if he knows anyone that ever won the lottery.  When his boss responded “No”, the winner quickly replied, “You do now.”  He assured his boss he’d be back to work on Monday, but told Lottery staff he was planning on retiring in a year, so this money will make that easier.


Public School Worker Wins $25,000 A Year For Life!

Unassuming, yet sure of his win, Mr. Benny Lucas of Southeast, DC presented his Lucky for Life winning lottery ticket at the DC Lottery’s Prize Center. Secured on each side by his wife of 48 years and their daughter, Lucas—a native Washingtonian and long-time employee of the District’s public schools—claimed his $25,000 A Year for Life win with Lucky for Life. The ticket was purchased at Mac Market & Deli located at 5158 MacArthur Boulevard, NW for the game played on April 20. The winning numbers were 44-23-45-17-35 and the Lucky Ball was 15.

“I’m very happy. I’d heard about the win, but didn’t think it was me. Then, I saw on Facebook that the DC Lottery had been at the winning store. I thought I’d better check my tickets because that’s where I got mine,” laughed Lucas who works at a school in the Palisades neighborhood.

Billed as “The Game of a Lifetime,” Lucky for Life is a $2 national jackpot game currently played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. In this region, the game can only be played in the District making this another ‘only in DC’ winning opportunity. The Top Prize for this game is $1,000 A Day for Life. The Second Prize is $25,000 A Year for Life. There are eight other ways to win prizes up to $5,000. Sales for Lucky for Life were initiated in the District in February 2015. This is the first Second Prize awarded for this game in the District of Columbia. The estimated cash option for Lucky for Life’s Second Prize is $390,000.

“Another first for the DC Lottery!” exclaimed Tracey Cohen, the agency’s interim executive director. “The DC Lottery is ecstatic to bring winning opportunities such as Lucky for Life to players in the District. It’s icing on the cake that we are hosting our first $25,000 A Year for Life winner!”


A Happy $5,000 Win

John Ginther of East Helena came to Montana Lottery headquarters today to claim his $5,000 Lucky for Life ticket. John purchased his winning ticket at the VFW Post 10010 in East Helena and stated that “he couldn’t be happier about his win.” John really enjoys playing our newest game, Lucky for Life and states that “he does not have any definite plans yet for his winnings.”


Anniversary dates make a ‘Lucky’ combination

Eleanor Miller of the Cataumet section of Bourne, MA is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the recently expanded multi-state “Lucky for Life” game after her combination of anniversary dates (07-11-18-19-28) correctly matched the first five numbers selected in the drawing that took place Monday, February 2.

The February 2 drawing was the second “Lucky for Life” drawing held after the game expanded outside of the six New England states on January 27.  “Lucky for Life” also gives players the opportunity to win $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their lives, if they correctly match the first five numbers, as well as the Lucky Ball number.

At a cost of $2 per play, Miller chose to play two different number combinations for two drawings each for a total of $8 in order to be entered into a promotional second chance drawing for a chance to win $2,015.  The Mass. Lottery’s promotion coincided with the launch of the “Lucky for Life” game’s new design that features enhanced odds of winning and larger lower-tier prizes.

Miller opted to claim her prize in the form of a one-time cash payment of $390,000 (less taxes).  She is still in the process of determining her plans for her winnings.


Extra “Lucky” Quick Pick Ticket Rewards Man with “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize

“Lucky” is finding an open parking spot right in front of the store where you buy your lottery tickets.  Extra lucky is then purchasing a Lucky for Life “Quick Pick” ticket for March 26 and matching five of the winning numbers drawn for the game’s second highest prize, $25,000 a year for life.

“Every week or so, if there’s a parking spot open at the store, I pull in and buy a few tickets.  If there isn’t a spot—I don’t buy any,” Frank Bonadies of Winsted told lottery officials.  “When I checked my tickets online Sunday and saw the match, I didn’t believe it at first, so I went down to the store to have them check it.  [The retailer] had a big grin on his face, shook my hand and said congratulations. By the time I drove down the road, it really sunk in and I was crying.  I was so happy,” Bonadies said.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on March 26, 2015 were 26-31-33-45-46 with the Lucky Ball number of 15.  Bonadies’ Quick Pick ticket matched the first 5 numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball.  For making such a lucky match, Bonadies was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.  A second “$25,000 a year for life” prize winning ticket was also sold on that date to Alfred Arellano of Stratford.

Bonadies arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill yesterday and opted to claim his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes).  “This is such a blessing.  It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Bonadies.  “It will help to make some much needed repairs on my old Victorian house, and to take my mom on a vacation.  In her whole life, she’s never been on a real vacation.”