Morrisville woman stops for groceries, bags a $25,000 A Year For Life prize

RALEIGH (August 23, 2019) – For Cheryl Blanchette of Morrisville, a $25,000 A Year For Life prize means no more student loans.

“This is truly life-changing,” said Blanchette, who just graduated with her masters in communications. “I never planned to go back to school, but a few years ago I felt it was time for a career change. Now that I have this, it’s going to wipe the slate clean. To know that I can be debt free. I feel so grateful and blessed.” 

Blanchette’s good fortune happened when she stopped to get groceries at the Lowe’s Food on Brier Creek Parkway in Raleigh. While there, she bought a $2 Lucky For Life ticket for Thursday’s drawing. She checked the ticket early Friday morning.

“I scanned the ticket using the lottery app,” Blanchette said. “It told me I had a winning ticket, but of course you never think you won one of the top prizes. I checked the numbers myself and was in shock. I was like, ‘What is this? I think I just won.’ This is just amazing!”

Blanchette claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Winners are guaranteed $25,000 a year for life, but have the option of taking a lump sum of $390,000. Blanchette chose the lump sum option. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $275,925.   

Blanchette’s ticket matched the five white balls to win the prize. It beat odds of one in 1.8 million. Lucky for Life has 10 ways to win a prize. Blanchette won the second-place prize of $25,000 A Year For Life. The top prize is $1,000 A Day For Life.

Ticket sales from games like Lucky for Life made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. To learn how lottery funds made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  


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

August 13, 2019 – Frank Sheehan Jr. of Stoughton is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize after the first five numbers on his Lucky for Life ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Monday, May 6.

Sheehan, who claimed his prize at the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes).  He purchased his winning Quic Pic ticket at Butts & Bets, 1213 North Main St. in Randolph.  The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale.

Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each.  Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday evening at 10:38 p.m. ET.


Grandfather gives granddaughter a prize that will last a lifetime

RALEIGH – Kelly Thomas, 22, of Clemmons got the gift of a lifetime – $25,000 a year for life, for the rest of her life – from her grandfather, Peter Beckage after he bought a winning Lucky for Life ticket. Beckage, 85, who recently moved in with his daughter to be close to family, says Lucky for Life is one of his go-to games. He bought the winning ticket at Carlton’s Hampton Road Grocery in Clemmons on April 14th, after a Palm Sunday breakfast of pancakes with his granddaughter. “I knew if I ever won anything big, I would share it,” said Beckage. “I’m happy with the little wins, and I’m so happy this is a gift I can give to her.” Thomas, who will soon be attending UNC-Wilmington, plans to use her grandfather’s gift to pay for tuition, books and food as she studies to become an elementary school teacher. “To be able to focus on something I’m passionate about thanks to my grandpa is an amazing gift,” said Thomas. “I’ve always dreamed of being a Catholic school teacher and helping people. This money makes it possible for me.” Beckage stayed up late Monday night to check the drawing. “When I got all five, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I had a hard time getting back to sleep I was so excited.” The next morning at church, Beckage couldn’t focus on his prayers. He texted his daughter about his win and what he planned to do with the prize. They then waited together for his granddaughter to come home from volunteering. “Kelly, how would you like to have $25,000 a year for the rest of your life?” said Beckage as he greeted his granddaughter. “Oh my gosh Grandpa, did you win the lottery?” said Thomas. “I can’t believe it!” Thomas and her grandfather claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday. Winners are guaranteed $25,000 a year for life and have the option of taking a lump sum of $390,000. Thomas chose the annuity and received her first annual payment. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $17,688. Lucky for Life has 10 ways to win a prize playing the game. This winning ticket beat the odds of one to 1.8 million to match all five white balls and win $25,000 A Year for Life. The top prize is $1,000 A Day for Life. Ticket sales from games like Lucky for Life made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. To learn how $9.6 million in lottery funds made a difference in Davidson County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


$25,000 A YEAR For LIFE Winner Has Vacation Plans In Mind Post-Win

Francis Koomson of Windsor, CT 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 Thursday, March 23.

Koomson claimed his prize at the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters the day after the drawing, opting to receive his prize in annual payments of $25,000 (less tax withholdings) every year for the rest of his life. There is a minimum 20-year guarantee on the prize. He plans on using a portion of his winnings to go on vacation.

According to Lottery officials, Koomson’s winning Quic Pic ticket was purchased at Cumberland Farms, 2 Cameron St. in Clinton, MA. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale.

Lucky for Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday. The game’s top prize is $1,000 a day for life.


$25,000 A YEAR For LIFE Ticket Sold In Maine

Congratulations to the Maine Lottery on their second $25,000 a YEAR for LIFE win following Lucky for Life®’s drawing on January 16, 2017! There were also two $5,000 wins each in Massachusetts and North Carolina, as well as one each in Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont. The winning numbers were: 5-6-24-25-26 LB-1

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Michigan Man Says $25,000 A Year For Life Win Means Fresh Start

A Michigan man is looking forward to having a “solid financial foundation” after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life®!

Anthony D’Angelo, 56, matched the five white balls drawn Dec. 26, 2016 – 01-04-27-35-45 – to win the big prize. According to Michigan Lottery officials, he bought the ticket at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 46850 Romeo Plank Road in Macomb. D’Angelo is the 10th Michigan winner of a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

“I was sitting at the table with my wife checking my ticket circling each number I matched,” said D’Angelo. “When I got to the last line and had five numbers circled I handed her the ticket and said ‘Look at this!’ Neither of us could believe what we were looking at.”

D’Angelo visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the 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.

“Choosing the annual payments will give me and my family some financial security each year,” said D’Angelo. “It’s nice to know that I’ll have something coming in for at least the next 20 years.”

With his winnings, D’Angelo plans to pay some bills.

“I lost my job a few years ago, and worked several jobs to make ends meet for my family,” said D’Angelo. “I ended up having a heart attack from all of that stress, and I’m still paying those bills now. It will be nice to have that all behind me.”

While he’s happy to be paying off some bills, D’Angelo also is looking forward to the relief that getting $25,000 a year will bring.

“I can’t even describe how much weight this lifts off of my shoulders. Having $25,000 a year guaranteed to arrive will be so helpful to my family,” D’Angelo said.

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$25,000 A Year For Life Winner Supports The Homeless And His Loving Family

January 04, 2017 — “Something is going to happen—the numbers are going to hit!” Manual Baez told his family as they watched their favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, cruise to a recent victory. Baez told CT Lottery officials that he just knew his Lucky for Life® numbers were going to come in on the December 26th drawing.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on December 26, 2016 were — 1 – 4 – 27 – 35 – 45; the Lucky Ball number was 18. Baez’s numbers matched 5 numbers but missed matching the Lucky Ball resulting in a $25,000 a Year for Life prize! Baez took the lump sum option valued at $390,003.

“You have to be kidding me,” Baez said aloud when he checked his tickets. Overcome with emotion, Baez headed home to share the amazing news. The numbers picked all have special meaning to Baez and his family; they are a combination of all their birthdays. Most ironically, the last two numbers are the ages that Baez and his wife will be turning this year.

Baez is keen on spending his winnings responsibly by “getting back to zero” and paying bills and rent for a year. However, the Baez family is not the only one who will benefit from the chance Lottery win; Baez recently took another family into his household who would otherwise be homeless. Baez simply sees his Lucky for Life prize as another opportunity to assist others around him.

“We’re going to plan it out and help our family,” Baez said humbly. Eventually, the lucky winner plans to treat himself to well-deserved and much needed time off. “We’re solemn—we’re thankful and were taking a vacation we’ve never been on.”

For selling the winning ticket, 7-Eleven store #15123A located on 903 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, Connecticut will receive a $2,500 check.

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Quick Pick Lands Couple $25,000 A Year for Life Prize

An El Dorado Springs couple is now “lucky for life” after claiming a $25,000 a year for life second-tier prize in the Missouri Lottery Draw Game.

Robert, 53, and Kathryn, 60, Foley claimed their prize at the Lottery’s Springfield regional office on Aug. 26 after using Quick Pick to correctly match five numbers in the Aug. 18 drawing, which were:  1, 2, 14, 19 and 48.

While claiming their prize, Robert disclosed that he has been playing Lucky for Life® since it was first introduced in Missouri in January 2015, and that he typically makes all of his Missouri Lottery purchases from S & B Liquors, 3320 E. Highway 54 in El Dorado Springs, which received a $250 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The couple, who found out they had won their prize by checking their numbers at MOLottery.com, decided to take the $390,000 cash option over the annuity:  a guaranteed minimum $25,000 a year for 20 years. With their prize, the couple is looking forward to paying off bills and padding their savings account.

Lucky for Life is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game that features 10 ways to win. The Foleys are the fourth Missouri Lottery Lucky for Life players to win a $25,000 a year for life second-tier prize since the Draw Game was introduced. Lucky for Life drawings are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:38 p.m. Research all current and past winning numbers at MOLottery.com.


Supermarket Employee Wins $25,000 A Year For Life Prize At Work

A Quad Cities man said his boss had a little fun when it came to helping him determine that he’d won a prize of $25,000 a year for life in the Lucky for Life® lottery game. That’s because Kevin Reynolds’ boss had a good idea that Kevin was the winner before he even knew it.

“They sat me down and they said, ‘Is there something you need to tell me?'” Reynolds, of Bettendorf, remembered with a laugh as he claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Clive. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And they said, ‘We know you play the lottery. Have you checked your tickets?'”

Reynolds works in the produce department at the Davenport supermarket where he bought his winning ticket. And after reviewing security-camera footage with the lottery, store management thought Kevin might be the man they could see in the footage purchasing the ticket.

“And sure enough, I checked it right there in front of them,” Reynolds said. “All I could say was, ‘Wow. Wow.'”

Reynolds’ ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Lucky Ball in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing on August 25, 2016, which earned him the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life. He bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 4064 E. 53rd St. in Davenport. Hy-Vee will receive a $500 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket at one of its stores.

The winning numbers in Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing were: 13-21-27-35-43 and Lucky Ball 14.

Players can win Lucky for Life’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. 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.

Reynolds, 56, chose to receive his prize in annual payments and received his first check for $25,000 on Thursday. He plans to use his lottery winnings to plan for retirement.

“I think this is going to ease the burden a little bit for my retirement,” he said. “This will help out.”

Reynolds, who won his big prize with an easy-pick ticket, said he’ll continue to play the lottery from time to time.

“I won’t expect to win big again, but I might play once in a while,” he said..

Iowa became the 18th state to offer Lucky for Life when sales debuted in late January. Reynolds is the state’s second big winner in the game since its Iowa start. Roy King of Sioux City won a prize of $25,000 a year for life in March.

Lucky for Life is a $2 game with drawings twice a week, 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.

The odds of winning Lucky for Life’s top prize are about 1 in 30.8 million, as compared to odds of about 1 in 292.2 million of winning the Powerball® jackpot; and odds of about 1 in 259 million of winning the Mega Millions® jackpot.

Prize: $25,000 a year for life
Chosen to receive as: Annuity option of $25,000 a year for life, with annual payment of $25,000 for at least 20 years
Federal Withholding: $6,250
State Withholding: $1,250
Net Amount: $17,500