A Lenawee County Army veteran thought he’d won $5,000 playing Lucky For Life. He was stunned when he found out won he’d won $25,000 a year for life.
Stanley Wilson, 66, matched the five white balls drawn on Nov. 14 – 21-27-37-47-48 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at The Party Shop, located at 110 South Maumee Street in Tecumseh.
“I checked my numbers the morning after the drawing and when I saw I matched five, I figured I’d won $5,000,” said Wilson. “I had no idea it was actually worth so much more.
“I’m pretty good friends with the owners of The Party Shop, so I went up to the store to tell them I had a winning ticket. That’s when they told me how much I had actually won. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”
After consulting with an accountant, Wilson decided to wait and claim his big prize in 2017. That meant finding a place to keep his Lucky For Life ticket safe.
“I kept the ticket in a special compartment in my truck,” said Wilson. “I put it under a few papers and figured that if anyone went in there looking for anything, all they would see is papers and keep on going.”
Wilson visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. He chose 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.
Wilson plans to share some of his windfall with his children and then invest the remainder.
“Winning the Lottery is a great feeling,” Wilson said.
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.