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