It took a visit to Michigan for a Las Vegas woman to finally win big. Patricia Kraydich traveled to Michigan to visit newborn twin grandchildren and will head home with plenty of memories and a big stack of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.
Kraydich matched the five white balls drawn on June 18 – 04-12-24-42-43 – to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 16761 21 Mile Road in Macomb.
A Michigan native, Kraydich was visiting her daughter and her recently born babies.
“We were headed home and stopped at the 7-Eleven so I could get some money from the ATM and buy a couple of Lottery instant tickets,” said Kraydich. “After buying the instant tickets, I had $5 left and asked the clerk what games were being drawn that day. She recommended Lucky For Life, so I bought two easy picks.”
After spending an evening with family, the Lucky For Life tickets were all but forgotten.
“As I was getting ready for bed, I saw the ticket on the dresser out of the corner of my eye so I checked it on my phone,” said Kraydich. “I was stunned to see I had matched four numbers and ran to tell my daughter.
“She didn’t believe me and wanted to see the ticket for herself. That’s when we realized I had actually matched five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life!”
Kraydich called her husband to share the good news and spent the night celebrating with her daughter. For safekeeping, she taped the winning ticket underneath a closet shelf until she made the trip to Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize on Monday.
Kraydich choose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000. She could have chosen payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater.
“This is such a life changing thing for me and my husband, it’s like winning a house” said Kraydich. “We work so hard to make ends meet, and this money is going to go a long way in helping to ease the financial pressure we feel every day.”
In addition to purchasing a home, Kraydich and her husband plan to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor.
Michigan players have won nearly $5.6 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including four $25,000 a year for life winners, and 29 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing more than 15,000 winners on average in Michigan.
For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.