Life Change For Marine Comes With $25,000 A Year Lucky For Life® Prize

After serving more than seven years in the Marines, Lance Corporal Jacob Yount of Jacksonville is making a major change, and he’ll do it with the prize of a lifetime.

On Friday, Yount is leaving The Marines. Thanks to a last minute decision to buy a Lucky for Life ticket, he’ll have the game’s second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life to start this new chapter.

When Yount realized he bought a winning ticket for Monday night’s drawing on April 25th, and he couldn’t wait to tell someone.

“I was so excited I had to wake my girlfriend up,” Yount said. “She of course didn’t believe me.”

That changed when he claimed his prize 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. Yount also had the option of getting a lump sum of $390,000. He chose the cash option. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $270,075. He plans to use some of the money to buy a house.

Yount bought the $2 Quick Pick ticket at the Walmart on Western Boulevard in Jacksonville. He matched all five white balls, beating the odds of 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize.

This is the 4th time in two months that a ticket sold in North Carolina has won the $25,000 a Year for Life prize.

Lucky for Life launched in February and is North Carolina’s third multi-state draw game. In all there are 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 lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars for the state last year. For details on how over $67.3 million in lottery funds has made a difference in Onslow County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.

Lucky Man Wins $25,000 A Year For Life!

Charles Yanoolis of East Weymouth, MA is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” game after correctly matching the first five numbers selected in the drawing that took place Monday, April 4.

Yanoolis, who claimed his prize at the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Thursday, April 7, chose to collect his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (before tax withholdings).  He plans on using his winnings to buy himself a new car and to take his two grandchildren to Disney World

Furniture Salesman Wins $25,000 A Year For Life Prize

A Sioux City, IA man won a prize of $25,000 a year for life with just the fourth ticket he bought in Iowa’s new Lucky for Life lottery game.

“I noticed I had a lot of numbers and thought that ought to be worth something,” Roy King said as he and his wife, Margaret, claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Clive. “Then I looked again and said, ‘Wait a minute, this is serious.’”  King’s ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Lucky Ball in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Iowa became the 18th state to offer Lucky for Life when sales debuted here in late January. King is the state’s first big winner in the game since its Iowa start.

King, 62, who works in sales at a Sioux City furniture and appliances store, said he recently noticed a sign about the Lucky for Life game and decided to give it a try. After matching one number in a couple drawings, he decided to keep playing.

“I said, ‘I don’t care if it’s just $2, I’m going to win,’” King said with a smile as he claimed his prize. “This is more than $2.”

King said that he and his wife will use his lottery winnings to plan for retirement.

“Now we have the option that I can retire when I want, which is very huge,” he said.

Lucky for Life is a $2 game with drawings twice a week, at 9:38 p.m. 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. Players can win the game’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. Other prize levels in the game range from $4 up to $5,000.

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. King chose the lump-sum option for his winnings.



Birthdays, Special Events Lead To Lucky Numbers And A For Life Winner

Luck is in the air in Connecticut! Aaron Distazio is the second Enfield resident in a row to claim the CT Lottery’s Lucky for Life draw game’s second prize worth $25,000 a year for life! Enfield’s last Lucky second prize winner to step forward, Walter Jekot, claimed his “For Life” prize for the October 19th drawing. Both winners purchased their winning tickets where else, but in Enfield, of course!

The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on March 28, 2016 were 12-21-25-30-40 and Lucky Ball 5. Distazio’s ticket, containing numbers based on family birthdays and special events, matched the first five numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball number. In Connecticut alone, there was a total of 13,530 lucky winners on that date with prizes ranging from $3 to “$25,000 a year for life” state-wide.

If the annuity prize option is chosen, the minimum guaranteed amount Lucky for Life second prize winners could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but those who live longer than that receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. Second prize winners also have the option to claim their prize in a one-time cash lump sum of $390,000.

Distazio presented his winning ticket last Friday at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill, and opted for the game’s cash lump sum prize of $390,000 (value before taxes). Vimla Agera, owner of Tony’s Little Store at 1436 Enfield Street where Distazio’s ticket was purchased, was especially touched by the winner’s good fortune. “We’ve been selling lottery for over 20 years; people say this is a lucky store. A lot of people come here to buy their tickets,” said Agera. “I wish for him much success, and I’m really very happy for him.” Tony’s Little Store will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling a $25,000 year for life prize winning ticket.

Birthday Numbers Payout Lucky for Life Top Prize!

Opting for the one-time cash payout, Manchester, NH resident Robert Keefe received his $5.75 million Lucky For Life top prize at New Hampshire Lottery headquarters today. As the top prize winner, Keefe had the option of taking home $1,000 a day for life, or the one-time cash payout of $5.75 million, before taxes. Keefe bought his winning ticket at the Hannaford Supermarket at 859 Hanover Street in Manchester for the drawing on March 3. Keefe is the second Lucky For Life top prize winner from New Hampshire since the game launched in March 2012.

Keefe, who was born in Las Vegas but has lived in New Hampshire for most of his life, plays all of the New Hampshire Lottery’s jackpot games, including

Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks and Lucky For Life. In fact, Keefe has never missed a drawing. He uses the same numbers for all of the games with his numbers representing birthdays.

“We were so thrilled to meet our big Lucky For Life Winner and New Hampshire’s newest millionaire! Congratulations to Robert Keefe,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “It is so gratifying for the New Hampshire Lottery when a loyal, long-time player wins the top prize. We wish all the best to Mr. Keefe!”

Keefe’s winning ticket was a multi-draw ticket, good for eight consecutive Lucky For Life drawings from February 8 through March 3. It was on the final and last drawing that his ticket won the top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Keefe is the 10th top prize winner in all states since the game’s inception.

The winning numbers for the March 3 drawing were 3-4-10-18-21 Lucky Ball: 2.

Richard Higgins of Manchester became the first player from New Hampshire to win Lucky For Life’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life in August 2013. Higgins purchased the winning ticket at Bunny’s Superette at 75 Webster Street in Manchester.

In January 2015, Lucky For Life, now known as “The Game of a Lifetime,” was expanded to offer larger prize amounts and improved odds. In addition to its top prize, the game also features a $25,000 second prize and other cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $2.

Waking up to $25,000 a year for life on Christmas Day

A White Bear Lake, MN resident got himself a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. On Dec. 25, Shane Koller discovered that the Lucky for Life ticket he has purchased the night before had won a $25,000 a year for life prize.

“I saw the numbers 13-17-28-29-30—Merry Christmas!”

Koller purchased the lucky ticket on Christmas Eve, less than 10 minutes before the drawing cutoff time.

Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 1800 E. County Road F in White Bear Lake, sold the winning ticket.

Koller’s ticket matched the first five numbers drawn. Had the ticket matched the sixth winning number—the Lucky Ball, which was 5—he would have won the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life. “It was just one off from winning $1,000 a day for life!” he recalled. “If I had a 5 instead of a 6 …”

Koller claimed the prize on Dec. 28, 2015. Lucky for Life winners have 60 days from the date that they claim the prize to decide if they would like $25,000 a year for life or a one-time cash option. On Jan. 4, Koller decided to take the $25,000 a year for life option.

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‘Luck,’ truck for new Lucky for Life winner

Robert Scanlon of Holyoke, MA is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” game after the numbers on his Quic Pic ticket correctly matched the first five numbers selected in the drawing that took place Monday, December 21.

Scanlon wasted no time in claiming his prize, making the trip to the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Tuesday, December 22 to do so.  He opted to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes).  He plans on using a portion of his winnings to buy a new pickup truck.

Grandson’s $25,000 a Year For Life Win

A Warren, MI man says his grandmother in heaven helped him win $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

“Playing the Lottery is one of the things that my grandma and I always did together. Even up until the day she passed away about a year ago, I would tease her and tell her I was going to win big someday,” said Matthew Stelman, 34. “When a co-worker texted me to tell me someone from my neighborhood had won Lucky For Life, I knew it had to be me and I knew my grandma had helped make it happen.”

After receiving the text from his co-worker, Stelman went to his car to check his ticket.

“When I saw I matched five numbers, my first thoughts were: ‘Where do I hide the ticket and who do I tell first?’” said Stelman. “I went back into work, but my mind was racing thinking about how much I’d just won.”

Stelman decided to keep his big win a secret until his family gathered for Thanksgiving.

“I pulled my girlfriend and Mom aside and told them first,” said Stelman. “When I told everyone else it took some convincing for them to believe me, but after it finally sank in everyone kept saying the same thing: ‘You know you can thank your grandma for this!’”

Stelman visited Michigan Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. He could have opted to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000.

With his winnings, Stelman plans to take a much deserved vacation to a warm destination this winter and use the remaining payments for investments.

“Having a $25,000 safety net each year for the rest of my life, and the ability to invest the money and produce wealth for me and my family is a tremendous opportunity,” Stelman said.

$25,000 a Year for Life Lucky for Life™ Winner Now Set for Retirement

A West Warwick, RI man cashed in a winning Lucky for Life™ ticket worth $25,000 a year for life from Monday night’s drawing. He is the fifth Rhode Islander and second West Warwick resident to win the $25,000 a year for life Lucky for Life™ prize.  His ticket matched all five numbers but not the Lucky Ball to win the second-tier prize of $25,000 a year for life.  However, the man opted for the cash option, a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000.

The man explained that he purchases two Lucky for Life™ Quick Pick tickets every week from the same retailer. He went back to the retailer to check his ticket the day after the drawing, as he would any other Tuesday, and to his surprise was told he was a winner!  He immediately raced to the Rhode Island Lottery Headquarters to claim his prize. He had not told anyone about his win yet, but intended on surprising his family that night.  He plans to use the money won to pay off all his bills, purchase a new vehicle and truly enjoy retirement.

Lucky for Life Has First “$1,000 A Day Life” Top Prize Winning Ticket!

November 20, 2015 – Of the 96,307 winning tickets sold across 17 states in last night’s Lucky for Life draw game, one incredibly lucky person who purchased ticket in South Carolina is starting out today $1,000 A DAY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE richer—as the game’s very first top prize winner!

The winning Lucky for Life numbers for November 19, 2015 were 7-14-21-32-33 with the Lucky Ball number, 14.

In addition to South Carolina’s colossal top prize win, a Lucky for Life second prize winning ticket worth $25,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE was also sold in Michigan.  Since the game’s first drawing was held on January 29, Lucky for Life has created a total of 34 second prize winners to date.

Lucky for Life is a unique lottery game because its top prize value is based on the longevity of the winner.  The minimum guaranteed amount Lucky for Life top prize annuity winners could receive is $7,300,000 ($1,000 a day for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.  Lucky for Life top prize winners also have the option to claim their prize in a one-time cash lump sum of $5,750,000.