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.
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.