A Wyandotte woman “can’t stop smiling” after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.
Marsha Gallagher, 64, matched the five white balls drawn Monday night – 04-07-09-10-31 – to win the big prize. She bought her winning ticket at the Sunoco gas station, located at 1730 Ford Avenue in Wyandotte. This is the 13th time that a Michigan winner has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.
“I checked the ticket Tuesday morning and yelled for my husband to get his glasses and come look at the ticket,” said Gallagher. “We were both in shock after we realized we’d won. I felt like we should be dancing around the living room, but it just didn’t seem real.”
Gallagher visited Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim her prize. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than an annuity.
“I keep thinking: ‘This is great, now I can get a new iron and pots and pans,’” said Gallagher. “I’m just not thinking big enough. I’m going to take some time and think hard about how to use this money.
“It’s pretty crazy winning so much. It feels good, like a deep breath. We both just keep smiling. We can’t stop smiling.”
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.