A Wisconsin man was “in a daze” for days after winning a $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.
Curtis Olson, of Grand View, Wisc., matched the five white balls drawn Oct. 31 – 05-07-11-21-29 – to win $25,000 a year for life. He bought his winning ticket at The Corner Store/Bar, located at 213 East Cloverland Drive in Ironwood.
“I have been playing the same set of number for four years,” said Olson. “I checked the numbers online the morning after the drawing, as I always do, and recognized them right away. I was in a daze for a few days after winning because I just couldn’t believe it. My wife and I feel like we are on cloud nine.”
Olson, 62, 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 live comfortably.
“Winning is life-changing. It feels good knowing that when unexpected situations come up, such as a car breaking down, we no longer have to worry about it financially,” Olson 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.