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.

Woman Wins ‘Lucky’ Prize

Jacqueline Letourneau of Wareham, 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 Thursday, May 21.

Letourneau, who claimed her prize at the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Thursday, October 22, opted to receive a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes).  She plans to use her winnings to buy a car, help her family and make a special charitable donation.

Two “Lucky for Life” Winners Claim $25,000 a Year for Life Prizes!

More than likely Walter Jekot and Caesar Rositto are two CT Lottery players who have never met before, but still have something very much in common—within days of one another, each has claimed a Lucky for Life draw game second prize worth $25,000 a year, every year, for life.

Jekot arrived at CT Lottery headquarters  to claim his “lifetime” prize for the October 19th drawing. The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn for that date were 12 – 16 – 19 – 29 – 42 and Lucky Ball 4. Days earlier, Rositto claimed his prize winning ticket for the Lucky for Life October 12th drawing. The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn for that date were 4 – 7 – 37 – 43 – 48 and Lucky Ball 5. To win Lucky’s second highest prize, both Jekot and Rositto each matched the first five numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball number.

At the time of claim, both winners received the first of hopefully many $25,000 annual prize checks (value before taxes). The minimum guaranteed amount Lucky for Life second prize annuity winners could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but those who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. Lucky for Life second prize winners also have the option to claim their prize in a one-time cash lump sum of $390,000.

Believe Your Eyes with This $25,000 a Year, FOR LIFE Surprise

Donovan Yaldo, of Commerce Township, MI checked his Lucky for Life ticket 10 times before he finally believed his eyes:  He had won $25,000 a year for life.

Yaldo said he still was struggling to believe that he was a big winner, eveWinning Ticketn as he was collecting his prize at Lottery headquarters in Lansing.  “I’m still waiting for the reality to sink in,” he said. He added that he didn’t have any immediate plans for his windfall immediately, but knew the money would allow him to live more comfortably.

Yaldo, 31, choose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000. He could have chosen payments of $25,000 annually for
20 years or for life, whichever is greater.

Winning Surprised This Woman, So Did The Prize Amount

Antoinette Kudelchuk from Jewett City, CT didn’t let grass grow under her feet waiting to claim her fabulous once in a lifetime lottery prize.

The day after the Thursday, September 3rd Lucky for Life drawing, Antoinette arrived at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill with a “Lucky” prize winning ticket. She had missed the Lucky ball number, 14, but matched the first five numbers drawn, 25-39-46-47-48. Of the 11,551 winning Lucky for Life tickets sold in Connecticut for that date, Antoinette’s ticket was the only one that contained a five number match for the game’s second highest prize—$25,000 a year for life.

“When the clerk scanned my ticket with the lottery terminal he said, ‘You won second prize.’ I said, ‘What’s that? A thousand dollars?’ He said, ‘No, you won $25,000 a year for life.’ I almost had a total heart attack right there,” said Antoinette with a laugh.

Antoinette chose to claim her $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes). “I know exactly what I’m going to do with the money—pay my bills!”

Large Family Gets a $25,000 a Year For Life Surprise

When Dale Smith stopped by the grocery, he was told he should “Head home and check his ticket”, because the grocery knew they’d sold a winning ticket, and Dale’s just one of a couple who play Lucky For Life in Winifred. Dale calls his wife and says “Check it out, we may have won $5,000.” She checks a little deeper, and says “You’d better come home.” Once Dale saw the numbers and the prize, he called his daughters and they planned a trip to Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena to collect their prize.

Once in town, the family decided to take the prize as a lump sum, which came to over $390,000. Dale told us his wife and daughters spent the whole trip planning how to spend the money, and shopping for cars. When asked if they were going to stay and celebrate in Helena, the Smith’s said no, they needed to get home to have a party with their four brothers.

Veteran Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Michigan man doesn’t plan to let winning a life changing amount of money change the way he lives his life.

David Middaugh won $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game. He bought his winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 103 North M66 in Charlevoix. He matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 29-33-36-47-48 – to win the big prize.

Middaugh choose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000. He could have chosen payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater.

“I heard a rumor that someone in Charlevoix had won, but had no idea I was the winner,” said Middaugh. “I checked my ticket Friday morning but wasn’t sure I was seeindavid middaugh charlevoix countyg things right. I took my ticket back to the Family Fare and had it scanned. When I got a printout to call the Lottery office, that’s when I knew I had won.”

The 50-year-old Navy veteran, went home to tell his wife the good news.

“It took a little convincing before my wife believed me,” said Middaugh. “She thought I was joking with her, but once she believed me she was in shock, too.

“The next thing I did was call my mother to tell her about my big win,” said Middaugh. “She is on a fixed income and I told her not worry about her finances anymore.”

In addition to taking care of his mother, Middaugh plans to pay some bills and finally take a long-overdue vacation with his wife.

“My wife and I haven’t been on a vacation in a really long time, so I’m really looking forward to taking her somewhere nice,” said Middaugh. “Whatever is left, will go into the bank.

“As a disabled Navy veteran, this money will really come in handy. My wife and I are quiet people who enjoy spending time with our family. We’ll continue to live our lives that way, but we’ll be more comfortable financially,” Middaugh said.

House-Hunting Begins For Lucky 2nd Prize Winner

When it comes to playing the lottery, Sandalio “Leo” Garza of Shakopee has always said, “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

Putting his motto to work, Garza has been playing the Lottery’s multi-state jackpot games on a weekly basis, including the newest game, Lucky for Life, since it made its debut in Minnesota in January.

On July 9, Garza’s Lucky for Life quick-pick ticket matched the first five numbers drawn to win the second prize of $25,000 a year for life. “I couldn’t believe it,” he recalled when he discovered his win on July 13. “I had to keep checking my ticket to make sure it was real.”

When Garza arrived at Minnesota Lottery headquarters on July 17 to claim his prize, deciding between the $25,000 a year for life annuity option (minimum 20 year payout) and the $390,000 cash option was an easy choice. “I’d rather have my money up front,” he explained. “You just don’t know what the future holds.”

The lump sum will allow Garza to fulfill his dream of becoming a homeowner. Garza says he plans to start the house hunting process immediately, saying, “I’m sick of renting—I’m just throwing away my money.” Garza also plans to use some of his winnings to fix up his truck so he can trade it in for a newer one.