Grand Rapids Woman Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Grand Rapids woman couldn’t get a word out after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Terri McKellar, 57, matched the five white balls drawn April 16 – 06-08-20-28-43 – to win the big prize. She bought her winning ticket at the Fuller Quick Stop, located at 876 Fuller Avenue Northeast in Grand Rapids. McKellar is the 29th Michigan player to win a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

“Lucky For Life is one of my favorite games,” said McKellar. “I always check my tickets right after the drawing and when I saw I had matched five numbers I couldn’t speak.

“I probably sat stunned for 10 minutes before I had calmed down enough to process how much I had just won.”

McKellar visited Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize. Show chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $390,000, rather than annual payments of $25,000 a year for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

With her winnings she plans to pay some bills and then invest 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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