RALEIGH , Jan. 14, 2020 – For Damian Zepponi of Winston-Salem, a $1,000 a Day for Life prize means she can fulfill a dream of starting a ministry to help others.
purchased three $2 Quick Pick tickets at the Food Lion on Yadkinville Road in
Pfafftown on Thursday, the day of the drawing. Her second ticket matched all
six winning numbers, beating odds of 1 in 30.8 million.
she discovered her good luck the next day when she checked her tickets.
do anything,” she said, “but sit and cry and be amazed.”
the Lucky for Life top prize have two options. They can receive an annuity of
$365,000 a year guaranteed for the rest of the winner’s life or take a lump sum
of $5.7 million in cash.
to a financial adviser, Zepponi, 47, opted for cash and after required federal
and state withholdings she took home $4,068,127.
she planned to save and invest the money and live off those investments. She said
she would use some of the prize to start a ministry to help others. And she
hoped for the first time to take a family vacation with her seven children and
four grandchildren all at the same time.
The win made
Zepponi the third person in North Carolina to win the game’s top prize. So far
25 players in the state have won the game’s second prize of $25,000 a Year for
Life. Lucky for Life is played in 25 states and Washington D.C. Drawings are
held Mondays and Thursdays. Tickets cost $2.
Ticket sales from games such as Lucky for Life make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. To see how the funds support specific programs in every county, visit nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.
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