Bruce Judycki, 69, matched the five white balls drawn Aug. 31 – 06-15-27-36-37 – to win $25,000 a year for life. He bought his winning ticket at Hunter and Wayne Liquor, located at 35201 Hunter Street in Westland.
“I stop in the party store regularly, but don’t usually play Lottery games,” said Judycki. “I was talking to the clerk, and he said: ‘It’s your lucky day, Bruce! You should give this a try.’ I told him I would take five easy picks of the Lucky For Life game.
“The next day, they called me and told me to bring my ticket to the store. At first, I thought something must be wrong, but when I got there, they told me they had sold a big winner and they were pretty sure it was me. I couldn’t believe what they were telling me!”
Judycki visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than annuity payments of $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.
With his winnings, he plans to pay bills and then share with family.
“I always thought when I retired, I would move somewhere warm and get a sports car. Then I became a grandfather, and everything changed, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I can’t wait to enjoy this with my family,” Judycki 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. Drawings take place at 10:38 p.m. seven days-a-week. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com.