Clarkston Woman Facing Homelessness Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Clarkston woman was facing homelessness until she won $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

Shawna Donnelly, 50, matched the five white balls drawn Jan. 15 – 11-15-32-33-40 – to win the big prize. She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 7743 Sashabaw in Clarkston.

“I woke up in the middle of the night and had a feeling I should check my tickets,” said Donnelly. “When I saw I matched five numbers, I must have refreshed my phone 100 times to make sure I really won!

“The last year has been the most difficult of my life. I’ve been taking care of my mom full-time, and it’s hard to make ends meet. Winning this prize couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Donnelly visited Lottery headquarters today to claim her prize. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than annuity payments for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. With her winnings, Donnelly plans to buy a new home and car, then save the remainder.

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.

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