Hyde Park resident wins $25,000 a Year for Life prize

January 17, 2020 – Judith Dorsey of Hyde Park 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 Quic Pic ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Dorsey claimed her prize at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Dorchester Friday, January 17 and opted to receive her prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes).  Her winning ticket was purchased at Akiki, 1171 Hyde Park Ave. in Hyde Park.  The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale.

Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each and drawings are held every Monday and Thursday evening.


Winston-Salem woman wins $1,000 a Day for Life with a $2 ticket − Becomes third North Carolinian to win Lucky for Life’s top prize

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.

Zepponi 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.

Zepponi said she discovered her good luck the next day when she checked her tickets.

“I couldn’t do anything,” she said, “but sit and cry and be amazed.”

Winners of 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.

After talking to a financial adviser, Zepponi, 47, opted for cash and after required federal and state withholdings she took home $4,068,127.

Zepponi said 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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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.


Ticket sold in Auburn wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

May 31, 2019 – John Tessier of Woonsocket, RI 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 Quic Pic ticket matched those selected in the drawing that took place Monday, May 20. Tessier, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning ticket at Auburn Park ‘n Shop, 711 Southbridge St. in Auburn. 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 at 10:38 p.m.


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

May 31, 2019 – Francisco Feliciano of East Springfield 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, May 30. Feliciano, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning ticket at Lighthouse Liquors, 856 Memorial Drive in Chicopee. 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 at 10:38 p.m.


Ticket sold in Wakefield wins “$25,000 a Year for Life” prize

May 20, 2019 – Amarjeet Makkar of Nashua, NH 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 Monday, April 22. Makkar, who visited the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters to claim his prize, chose to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $390,000 (less tax withholdings). He purchased his winning Quic Pic ticket at McGill’s Deli, 1317 Main St. in Wakefield. 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 at 10:38 p.m. ET.


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

April 26, 2019 Alexander Wilson of Melrose 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, April 4.. Wilson chose the annuity option on his prize and received his first annual payment of $25,000 (less tax withholdings). He plans on using some of his winnings to fund his entries into the many ironman races in which he participates. He purchased his winning Quic Pic ticket at Garniss Market, 165 W. Emerson St. in Melrose. 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 at 10:38 p.m. ET.


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.