Sterling Heights Woman Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

Winning ticketA Sterling Heights woman thought she was dreaming when she won a $25,000 a Year for Life prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Rita Younan, 49, matched the five white balls drawn Nov. 18 – 20-24-26-33-41 – to win the big prize. She bought her winning ticket at Tiger Smoke and Vape, located at 15196 East 13 Mile Road in Warren.

“I don’t play Lucky For Life often, but I was feeling lucky, so I decided to purchase a ticket,” said Younan. “The next day, I scanned my ticket on the Lottery app ticket scanner to check it. When the winning amount came up on the screen, I thought I was dreaming! I was very excited, but I had a hard time believing it was real.”

Younan visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim her prize. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000 rather than annuity payments of $25,000 a year for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. With her winnings, she plans to pay bills and purchase a home.

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

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