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Norwood man ‘Stoked’ after doubling his luck

winner October 23, 2014

When Kenneth J. Stokes of Norwood received a call from a Massachusetts Lottery representative notifying him that his Lucky for Life season ticket won a $25,000 a Year for Life prize in the Monday, October 20th drawing, he was predictably excited to learn of his good fortune. As it turns out, when the phone conversation ended, he literally didn’t know the half of it.

Moments later, it occurred to Stokes that he forgot all about the season ticket he received as a gift from his family, so he also played a second ticket for that evening’s drawing bearing the same six numbers as his season ticket, all representing family birthdays. Now doubly excited, Stokes promptly called the Lottery representative back to inform her of his second lucky ticket.

Stokes claimed his two prizes at Mass. Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Thursday, October 23, choosing the cash option on both of his winning tickets. He received a pair of checks for $390,000 (less taxes) each, and plans on using the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition and his daughter’s remaining car payments, as well as take his family on a vacation.

Stokes’s season ticket was purchased at Sulgrave News, 417 Washington St. in Boston. His second lucky ticket was purchased at Convenience Food Mart, 492 Walpole St. in Norwood. Each store will receive a $5,000 bonus on their sale.

Lucky Andover Couple Are Two Time “Lifetime” Lottery Prize Winners

winner October 22, 2014

Mary and Gary Sherman have each won lottery prizes that will pay out for the rest of their lives

How lucky can two people get? In the case of Gary and Mary Sherman of Andover, very, very lucky.

In March 2009, Gary revealed a top prize winning game symbol on a “Win for Life 15th Edition” instant ticket worth $5,000 a month for life, with a minimum total payout of $1,000,000. Yesterday, Gary returned to Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill with his wife, Mary. It was Mary’s turn to claim a “Lucky for Life” draw game second prize – worth $25,000 a year for life – for the October 20th drawing.

How did this exceptionally lucky couple become two time “lifetime” lottery prize winners? According to Gary’s philosophy, it’s simple: “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on October 20, 2014 were 7-13-23-25-28 with the Lucky Ball number, 35. Mary’s “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, but for matching the first 5 numbers drawn, she was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.

“I had been asleep for about an hour when Gary came in and woke me up. He said, ‘You’re not going to believe this!’ He was right, I thought he was kidding,” Mary said with a laugh.

Yesterday, Mary received the first of many $25,000 annual prize checks (value before taxes) for the rest of her life. The minimum guaranteed amount Mary could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.

Gary retired immediately after winning his Win for Life top prize, but Mary, who has worked at the same embroidering shop for the last 16 years, said she has other plans. “I’m going to keep working. I really enjoy the work that I do. It’s very satisfying.”

Mary’s winning Lucky for Life ticket was purchased at Andover Package Store located at 144 Route 6 in Andover. For selling the ticket, Andover Package Store will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

Ware is the home of 2013 “Lucky for Life” prize winner

winner September 25, 2014

Just a few hours before his winning ticket was to expire, Dennis Cote of Ware arrived at Massachusetts Lottery headquarters in Braintree to claim his $25,000 a year for life prize from the “Lucky for Life” drawing held September 26, 2013.

Cote discovered that he won several months ago after checking a number of different tickets that he had purchased. He cited a desire to take time to do some financial planning and a busy schedule as reasons for waiting to claim his prize. Winners of this “Lucky for Life” prize have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

Cote scored the multi-state game’s number two prize by matching the first five numbers in the drawing correctly. He chose his winning numbers (03-07-12-23-28) completely at random. Cote received his winnings in the form of a one-time cash payment of $390,000 (less taxes). He plans to use his winnings to assist with mortgage payments and invest.

Cote’s winning ticket was purchased at Circle K, 1 Sutherland Road in Whately. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus on the sale.

Dorchester resident wins “Lucky for Life” prize

winner September 10, 2014

Alice Ryan of Dorchester is one of two Massachusetts residents to win a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” drawing held Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Ryan used birth dates to come up with her winning combination. She opted to receive her winnings from the Lucky for Life game’s second prize in the form of a one-time cash payment option of $390,000 (less taxes). Ryan plans to use her winnings to make home improvements, purchase a car and take a family vacation.

Ryan’s winning ticket was sold at Tedeschi Food Shops, 320 Neponset Avenue in Dorchester. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus on the sale.

 

Framingham woman claims “Lucky for Life” prize

winner September 9, 2014

Pamela Reinap of Framingham is one of two Massachusetts residents who won a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state“Lucky for Life” drawing held Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Reinap scored the game’s number two prize by matching the first five numbers in the drawing correctly. She chose her lucky numbers based on birth dates. Reinap selected the one-time cash payment option of $390,000 (less taxes). She is still planning what she will do with her winnings.

Reinap’s winning ticket was sold at Shaw’s, 509 Boston Post Road in Sudbury. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus on the sale.

 

Boston woman wins number two prize in “Lucky for Life”

winner September 8, 2014

Anne Rougan of Boston is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” drawing held Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Rougan matched the first five numbers in the drawing correctly on her Quic Pic ticket to earn the game’s number two prize. She selected the one-time cash payment option of $390,000 (less taxes) and plans to invest her winnings for her retirement.

Rougan’s winning ticket was purchased at S K Convenience, 100 Huntington Avenue in Boston. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus on the sale.

 

Avon Man Becomes 14th “Lucky for Life” Winner in CT to Claim “$25,000 a Year for Life” 2nd Prize

winner September 5, 2014

John Devlin selects the Lucky lump-sum cash prize option worth $390,000

For the past few weeks, John Devlin of Avon was completely unaware that the August 7th Lucky for Life draw game ticket sitting on his kitchen counter would ultimately change his life forever. When Devlin finally got around to scanning his ticket in a Ticket Checker last Sunday, he received a most unexpected message. His Lucky for Life ticket contained a winning combination for the game’s most awesome second prize—$25,000 a year for life.

“Then I gave the ticket to the clerk to scan. With a big smile, she handed me back a [validation] ticket that showed the second prize was $25,000 a year for life and said, ‘Congratulations.’ I was so stunned, I almost walked away without the $12 prize I won on another ticket,” said Devlin with a laugh.

The winning Lucky for Life numbers on August 7, 2014 were 1-10-23-24-41 with the Lucky Ball number, 13. Devlin’s “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, but his five number match handsomely rewarded him with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize.

After consulting with his financial advisor, Devlin opted to collect his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum payment of $390,000 (value before taxes). “I’ll mostly invest a large portion of this for our future retirement,” said Devlin. “My car is really pretty old, though, so maybe I’ll get a new car, too.”

Devlin’s Lucky for Life second prize match is among a total of 37 lifetime wins in New England, including 14 wins in Connecticut alone, in nearly a year’s time.

Devlin purchased his winning Lucky for Life ticket at Big Y World Class Market #53 located at 255 W. Main Street in Avon. Big Y will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

 

Stratford’s “Lucky for Life®” Winner Claims “$25,000 a Year for Life” Second Prize

winner September 3, 2014

As part of an ongoing and steady stream of winners in the “Lucky for Life” draw game, Edward Maceyunas of Stratford arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill last week to claim the game’s second prize worth $25,000 a year for life.

The winning numbers drawn on July 28 were 4-7-17-19-27 with the Lucky Ball number, 27. Maceyunas’ Lucky for Life ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, but his five number match generously rewarded him with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize.

“It was early in the morning when I first checked the [winning] numbers from my phone. They looked familiar, so I went downstairs, got my ticket and logged on to the lottery’s website (ctlottery.org) on my computer,” said Maceyunas who has been faithfully playing his family’s birthday numbers ever since the Lucky for Life game began. “When I saw I won the $25,000 a year for life prize, I was shocked.”

Last Friday, Maceyunas opted to collect his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes). “I’m dying to get a new car—I’ve never had one. I’m also going to take care of my family,” Maceyunas said.

Maceyunas’ lucky match brings the total number of lifetime wins in New England to 35, including 14 wins in Connecticut alone, since September 2013.

Maceyunas purchased his winning Lucky for Life ticket at Sam’s News, located at 60 Access Road in Stratford. Sam’s News will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

 

West Hartland Man Gets “Lucky” and Wins $25,000 a Year for Life

winner July 10, 2014

Jeffrey Clapp claims Lucky for Life® lottery draw game’s second highest prize for July 7th

In a single moment, one small decision can change a life forever. Take Jeffrey Clapp of West Hartland, for instance. He found a lottery retailer, picked up a “Lucky for Life” lottery draw game ticket, and two days later—he was $25,000 a year, every year, for life richer.

“I thought I only matched four numbers for $150, but when I looked again, I saw that I matched another…the number 1. I had five numbers—and won $25,000 a year for life,” said Clapp.

The winning numbers drawn on July 7 were 1-17-21-25-27 and Lucky Ball number 19. Clapp’s Lucky for Life “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, but his five number match rewarded him with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize. It also edged up Connecticut’s total number of “lifetime” prize wins to 11 since September 2013.

The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize Lucky for Life “Annuity” winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than 20 years will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.

Yesterday, Jeff and his wife, Denise, opted to collect his $25,000 a year for life prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes). “Taking the lump sum made the most sense for us. We’re going to pay off some bills, but also do some fun stuff. I’m looking at getting a new vehicle for myself, and for Denise—a new diamond ring,” Jeff said.

Clapp purchased his Lucky for Life prize winning ticket at Stop & Shop #625 located at 200 New Hartford Road in Winsted. Stop & Shop #625 will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

 

Ice cream leads to cool cash in “Lucky for Life”

winner June 17, 2014

Michael Skrzek of Worcester turned a trip to get ice cream into a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” drawing held Monday, June 16, 2014.

While out to get ice cream, Skrzek decided to purchase some “Lucky for Life” tickets. By matching the first five numbers in the drawing correctly, Skrzek scored the game’s number two prize and selected the one-time cash payment option of $390,000 (less taxes). He plans to put his winnings in the bank.

Skrzek bought his winning Quic Pic ticket at Cumberland Farms, 616 Chandler Street in Worcester. The store will receive a $5,000 commission on the sale.

 

North Adams man claims $25K a year for life prize

winner June 12, 2014

Edward Banas of North Adams is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the multi-state “Lucky for Life” game’s drawing held Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Banas scored the game’s number two prize by matching the first five numbers in the drawing correctly. A great-grandfather, Banas chose his winning numbers based on birthdays and anniversaries. He selected the one-time cash payment option of $390,000 (less taxes) and plans to use his winnings to buy a new car and travel.

Banas purchased his winning ticket at Cumberland Farms, 70 Ashland Street in North Adams. The store will receive a $5,000 commission on the sale.

 

Litchfield Resident Claims Lucky for Life “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize for June 5

winner June 11, 2014

The CT Lottery announced today that Ann Marie Gay of Litchfield has claimed the Lucky for Life $25,000 a Year for Life second prize for the June 5, 2014 drawing.

Gay’s Lucky for Life “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, 24, but matched five of the winning numbers drawn; 6-7-22-27-29 for the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize.

Across New England, 41,275 winningLucky for Life tickets were purchased for that date, including 13,002 tickets in CT alone. Since 2013, there have been a total of 27 lifetime wins in New England, including 10 wins in Connecticut alone.

Gay arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill recently to claim the first of many $25,000 annual prize checks for the rest of her life. The minimum guaranteed amount Gay could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.

For selling Gay her “lifetime” prize winning ticket, Johnson Gas, located at 294 S. Main Street in Torrington, will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

 

winner June 5, 2014

John Crescimanno is Connecticut’s 9th “Lucky for Life” second prize draw game winner

The CT Lottery announced today that John Crescimanno of Danielson has claimed the Lucky for Life $25,000 a Year for Life second prize for the May 22, 2014 drawing.

Crescimanno’s Lucky for Life “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, 38, but matched five of the winning numbers drawn; 8-22-25-30-41, for the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize. Across New England, 32,894 winning Lucky for Life tickets were purchased for that date, including 10,655 tickets in CT alone.

Crescimanno’s lucky match brings the total number of lifetime wins in New England to 25, including 9 wins in Connecticut alone since September, 2013.

The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize Lucky for Life “Annuity” winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than 20 years will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.

Crescimanno opted to collect his $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes).

Lucky for Life “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize Winning Ticket for May 22 is Sold in Windham County

winner May 23, 2014

Connecticut has another Lucky for Life second prize draw game winner! Check your tickets!

Someone who purchased a ticket for last night’s “Lucky for Life” lottery drawing will be kicking off their Memorial Day weekend with a $25,000 a year for life prize winning ticket in their pocket! Is it you? Check your tickets!

The winning numbers on May 22 were 8-22-25-30-41 with the Lucky Ball number, 38. One ticket—sold in Windham County—contained the winning combination for the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Across New England, 32,894 winning Lucky for Life tickets were purchased for that date, including 10,655 tickets in CT alone. Last night’s Lucky match brings the total number of lifetime wins in New England to 24, including 9 wins in Connecticut alone since September 2013!

Another Lucky for Life second prize win, which occurred in New Haven County on February 27, is still unclaimed. The winning numbers for that date were 8-11-17-24-43 with the Lucky Ball number, 30. The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. The second prize “Cash Option” is worth $390,000.

Because the CT Lottery does not know who the winner is until the prize is claimed, players should check and sign their winning tickets immediately to establish ownership.

Lucky “$25,000 a Year for Life” 2nd Prize Winning Ticket for April 28 is Sold in Fairfield County

winner April 29, 2014

Another Winning “Lucky for Life” Match is Made in Connecticut – Check your tickets!

Did you have a ticket for last night’s “Lucky for Life” drawing? If so, you could be Connecticut’s newest $25,000 a year for life second prize winner!

The winning numbers on April 28 were 4-10-25-26-39 with the Lucky Ball number, 29. One ticket sold in Fairfield County contained the winning combination for the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Across New England, 40,744 winning Lucky for Life tickets were purchased for that date, including 13,647 tickets in CT alone. Last night’s Lucky match brings the total number of lifetime wins in New England to 22, including 8 wins in Connecticut alone since September 2013.

Another Lucky for Life second prize win, which occurred in New Haven County on February 27, is still unclaimed. The winning numbers for that date were 8-11-17-24-43 with the Lucky Ball number, 30. The minimum guaranteed amount a second prize winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than that will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. The second prize “Cash Option” is worth $390,000.

Because the CT Lottery does not know who the winner is until the prize is claimed, players should check and sign their winning tickets immediately to establish ownership.