Retired Woman Wins $5,000

Mary Golt of Great Falls claimed her $5,000 win with a ticket purchased at Albertsons, 2250 10th Ave S.; Great Falls.  Mary is a retired Montana Lottery retailer and was very happy about her win.

She said when she checked her ticket it said, “file a claim form,” so she verified her winning numbers against her ticket and found out she had won $5,000.  She stated that “she didn’t want to mail her ticket in, she wanted to drive to Helena so when she won the jackpot she would know where it is.”

Lucky 3 A.M. Surprise

Brian Elliott of Buffalo is Minnesota’s second Lucky for Life lifetime prize winner. A ticket that Elliott purchased for the March 12 drawing matched the first five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life.

“I was on the way to meet my sister for her birthday lunch, and stopped at the store for a beverage and decided to purchase a Lucky for Life ticket,” Elliott explained. “I like the payouts, cash prizes and odds. It’s similar to Hot Lotto.”

Elliott said he checked his ticket online at 3 a.m. on March 13. “I looked and looked,” he said after the first five numbers on his ticket matched the first five numbers drawn. He shared his discovery with his long-time girlfriend, Cindy VanLith, who verified that the ticket did win $25,000 a year for life.

“Brian has been playing a long time,” VanLith said. “He always said he’s going to win.”

Elliott claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on March 13. He selected the cash option of $390,000.

Kentucky Lottery players can now become Lucky For Life!

Imagine winning $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of your life.

That’s what’s up for grabs with Lucky for Life, the Kentucky Lottery’s newest draw game. In addition to the top prize, the game’s second prize also features a “for life” feature – $25,000 a year every year for life.

“Lottery players in Kentucky have shown over the years to really enjoy this concept,” said the KLC’s President and CEO Arch Gleason. “We’re excited for our customer’s reactions to a new version of this exciting way to play and win, for life.”

The game works on a principle similar to the Powerball game, where players match numbers drawn from two different machines. To win the game’s grand prize, players must match five numbers drawn from 48 in the game’s first machine and match one number drawn from 18 in the Lucky Ball machine. The $25,000 a year for life second prize is won by matching the five numbers drawn from the first machine but not the Lucky Ball.

“Players always have a question about games like this. They want to know if we keep the money if something happens to them shortly after their win,” Gleason said. “Lucky for Life has a minimum 20 year payment for the first and second prizes if a player passes away, and those continued payments would go to a winner’s estate. We hope though they continue to enjoy this prize for years after the 20 year minimum.”

Winning Ticket Brings a Bright Future

A 26-year-old man said winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game has brightened his future.

Cliff Yaldo, of West Bloomfield, described winning $25,000 a year for life as “the biggest relief of my life” when he visited Lottery headquarters to collect his prize. He matched the five white balls drawn – 08-28-35-38-45 – in Thursday’s Lucky For Life drawing to win his big prize.

“Knowing I have $25,000 coming each year is just such a relief. It’s hard to put into words what it means for me and my family, but it takes so much stress off my shoulders,” said Yaldo.

Yaldo bought his winning Lucky For Life ticket at the Livonia Liquor Shop, located at 28225 5 Mile Road in Livonia. His family has owned and operated the store for the past 11 years.

“As a family business, we all work very hard at the store and do a lot of Lottery business,” said Yaldo. “All three of my brothers and my parents were very excited for me when I won.”

Yaldo credits the store’s customers with alerting him that he might be the big winner.

“On Friday, players were coming in and telling us that the store had sold a winning Lucky For Life ticket,” said Yaldo. “I never in a million years expected it to be mine. I checked my ticket when I got home and went crazy. It’s such a surreal feeling to have won.”

Yaldo will receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater. He could have chosen a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

Yaldo plans to use his winnings to take a trip and start saving for a wedding, and possibly a new home.

The Yaldo’s family business will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket and that money will be invested into the business, Yaldo said.

“Our store is well known in the area for carrying plenty of Michigan wine and craft beer products,” said Yaldo. “Word of our store selling a big winning ticket traveled fast, and we’ve had more people playing Lucky For Life at our store than ever before.”

Through the game’s first 14 draws, Michigan players have won more than $1.9 million playing Lucky For Life, including 14 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing nearly 17,200 winners in Michigan, on average.

All told, Michigan players have bought more than 240,000 winning Lucky For Life tickets.

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. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m.

Another LUCKY $5,000 Win

A decision to start playing a new Missouri Lottery game led one Raytown woman to a $5,000 win. Roberta Stephenson, 57, said she regularly plays several Draw Games and recently added Lucky for Life to her list. She matched four numbers in the March 12 drawing to win the $5,000 prize.

“I play Powerball, Show Me Cash, Lotto and Mega (Millions),” began Stephenson.

She just added Lucky for Life in the last few weeks and has already won her largest prize to date.

Stephenson was accompanied by her husband, Rick, to the Kansas City office on March 13 to claim her prize. She bought the winning Quick Pick ticket Apple Market, 11501 E. 63rd St., in Raytown. He discovered the prize while checking tickets on

“She was in bed, and I was going through there (checking tickets),” explained Rick. “She got abruptly woken up.”

“It didn’t occur to me that there was a good reason that there was screaming going on,” added Roberta.

Stephenson manages a school cafeteria in the Lee’s Summit school district. She said the windfall would be saved for retirement.

“We’re going to save it for a while,” she said.

“Just keep trying, because it will pay off,” she counseled others.

Retired School Teacher has “Luck that Lasts a Lifetime”

The Montana Lottery’s newest game, Lucky for Life™, hasn’t even been on sale for two months and we already had our first $25,000 a year for life winner.  Mary Ann and Steve Rice from Helena came to Lottery headquarters today to claim their $25,000 a year for life prize with a ticket they purchased at Van’s Thriftway, 306 Euclid Ave.; Helena.

Mary Ann is a retired school teacher and Steve is a general contractor. Steve had purchased a Lucky for Life ticket for the draw that occurred before their big win. He had matched the Lucky Ball on that ticket, winning him $4, and decided to use that money to buy two more Lucky for Life tickets. While at Van’s he called his wife and asked if she would like him to buy her a Lucky for Life ticket also, to which she replied yes. That was the ticket that ended up being a $25,000 for life winner!

Mary Ann and Steve stated that their daughter Ashley is their “lucky charm” and her birthday was actually one of the winning numbers. They plan to use their winnings to pay some bills and visit their daughter in Washington D.C. Because their prize is “for life,” they will continue to use their winnings as a supplemental income and to help out family and friends.

A Lucky $5,000 Whim

Sharon Silva became the Idaho Lottery’s first ever $5,000 winner on the new draw game, Lucky for Life after only the fourth draw in Idaho.  Silva bought her ticket at the Jacksons on Chinden Blvd in Garden City on a whim.

“I’d seen the commercials and thought that winning $1,000 every day for the rest of my life sounded good. It was the first ticket I bought for that game,” said Silva.

After the draw, she used the Lottery’s mobile web site to check her numbers on her smart phone. Not believing what she saw or certain how much she’d won, she then used the Lottery’s check-a-ticket app to scan the ticket.

“I’d never seen it say ‘Contact the Lottery’ before, so I knew it must be pretty good,” she added.

Excited for her win, Silva was planning on saving her winnings, vowing to continue to play until she won a larger jackpot.

Mother of Four Wins $5,000 Second Time Playing New Game

A 39-year-old cashier and mother of four from Deepwater won $5,000 the second time she played the Missouri Lottery’s new Lucky for Life Draw Game. Tammy Copple said she thinks she will save most of the prize money to “have for the kids when they need it.”

Copple purchased her winning ticket for the Feb. 12 drawing at Sluggers 66 Service, 1805 E. Ohio in Clinton, where she works as a cashier. She matched four white balls and the Lucky Ball to win the prize. The winning numbers were:  4, 6, 32, 42, 46 and the Lucky Ball number was 2.

She found out she won first thing the next morning.

“I called my husband, Troy. He was still in bed,” she explained. “He thought I was pulling his leg.”

Then she texted her four daughters to tell them about her win.

First Time’s the Charm for This Quick Pick Winner

It only took one Lucky for Life ticket to make Deborah “Debbie” Henson a $5,000 Missouri Lottery winner. The Ballwin resident purchased her first Lucky for Life ticket on Feb. 9 from Schnucks Market, 2511 Kehrs Mill Road, in Chesterfield. Henson used Quick Pick to correctly match four of the balls drawn and the Lucky Ball to win her prize. The numbers drawn for the Feb. 12 drawing were:  4, 6, 32, 42 and 46 with a Lucky Ball number of 2.

Henson and her husband, Stephen, did not realize that they had won their $5,000 prize until a week later when checking other Lottery tickets.

“We had a stack of tickets to check. My husband went inside a gas station to have them all scanned. When he came back to the car, he was smiling ear-to-ear,” recalled the enthused mother-of-two.

The couple wasted little to no time rushing to the Missouri Lottery’s regional office in St. Louis to claim their prize. While claiming, Henson said that she purchased the ticket after buying groceries at the retail location.

“We like to play the Draw Games and most Scratchers. I like the idea of Lucky for Life because of its prize structure.”

The couple had yet to make any definitive plans for their money, but discussed the possibility of investing in a motorcycle.

“This was my first time playing the game. I’ll definitely have to buy some more Lucky for Life tickets,” concluded Henson.

Man celebrates his birthday by becoming ‘Lucky for Life’

Patrick Malone celebrated his 28th birthday by visiting the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters and claiming a $25,000 a year for life prize won in the newly expanded multi-state “Lucky for Life” draw game.

Malone won the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize when one of the combinations on his Quic Pic ticket matched the first five numbers in the Monday, February 9 drawing.   “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.

Malone’s winning combination (08-15-25-33-41) was the third of four sets of numbers on his ticket.  At a cost of $2 per play, Malone chose to play four combinations 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, larger lower-tier prizes and the addition of eight new states to this “Game of a Lifetime.”

Malone elected to receive his prize in payments of $25,000 (less taxes) every year for the rest of his life. There is a minimum 20-year guarantee on the prize.  Malone indicated that he will likely need to use some of his initial winnings to repair damage to his roof caused by the relentless snowstorms that have pummeled the area over the last several weeks.  He already has plans to take a cruise and his good fortune will provide him with some additional spending money for this trip.

Malone’s lucky ticket was purchased at Maria’s Convenient Express in his hometown of Weymouth, MA.