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

Matthew Sherlock of Seekonk 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, January 17, 2019.

Sherlock opted to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He plans on using part of his winnings to buy a new motorcycle.

He purchased his winning ticket at Landry Liquors, 134 Central Ave in Seekonk. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale.

Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each and can be played in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m. ET.


‘Lucky’ Leominster resident wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

Yolande Leger of Leominster is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on her ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Monday, December 31, 2018.

Leger opted to receive her prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). She plans on investing part of her winnings to assist with her retirement.

She purchased her winning ticket at Turnout Variety, 636 Main St in Leominster. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale.

Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each and can be played in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m. ET.


“I don’t have to work until I’m 80,” Wake County man says of lifetime prize

John Ballard Jr. of Raleigh said a $25,000 A Year For Life prize is going to help him with retirement.

“I always thought I would have to be working until I’m at least 80,” said Ballard. “But now, with being able to invest this win, I don’t have to work until I’m 80 anymore! That’s awesome.”

Ballard bought the lucky $2 ticket for the Nov. 15 drawing at Lowes Food on Bass Lake Road in Holly Springs where he is a manager.

He claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of getting $25,000 a year every year for the rest of his life or a lump sum of $390,000. He chose the lump sum and, after federal and state tax withholdings, took home $ 274,952.

“I’ve been playing the lottery for 20 or so years,” said Ballard. “But I have never won more than $25. I love Lucky For Life. I’m going to continue to tell everyone about this game.”

Players win the $25,000 A Year For Life prize by matching all five white balls. Ballard is the 18th player in North Carolina to claim the game’s second prize since the game started here in February 2016.

In all, there are 10 ways to win a prize playing Lucky For Life. The game’s top prize is $1,000 A Day For Life. So far, two North Carolinians have won the top prize.

Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

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‘It’s going to be life-changing,’ Alamance County man says of lifetime prize

Palmer Lewis of Haw River said he’s making big plans after he won a $25,000 a year for life Lucky For Life prize.

“This is going to be life-changing,” Lewis said. “Right now I have a 98’ Ford. I’m going to get a new car, maybe a van. Something that’s easier for me to get in and out of. I’m also going to fix up my home.”

Using his own numbers, Lewis bought the ticket for Thursday’s drawing at the Food Lion on South Main Street in Graham.

“I knew I should’ve waited until the morning to check the numbers,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t sleep after I checked them I was so excited. I only slept for an hour and a half.”

He claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of getting $25,000 a year, every year, for the rest of his life or a lump sum of $390,000. He chose the lump sum and, after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $274,954.

The $2 ticket beat odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life. So far, two North Carolinians have won the top prize, $1,000 a day for life, and 17 tickets have won the second prize. There are 10 ways to win a prize playing Lucky For Life.