Imagine visiting your local convenience store, filling your trolley, but then walk out $390,000 richer. That happened to Cheryl Blanchette of Morrisville. She won a $25,000 A Year For Life prize. But, to her, this prize means no more student loans.
Blanchette’s good fortune happened when she stopped to get groceries at the Lowe’s Food on Brier Creek Parkway in Raleigh. While there, she bought a $2 Lucky For Life ticket for Thursday’s drawing. She checked the ticket the following morning.
Blanchette’s ticket matched the five white balls to win the prize. It beat odds of one in 1.8 million. Lucky for Life has 10 ways to win a prize. Blanchette won the second-place prize of $25,000 A Year For Life. The top prize is $1,000 A Day For Life.
“This is truly life-changing,” said Blanchette, who just graduated with her masters in communications. “I never planned to go back to school, but a few years ago I felt it was time for a career change. Now that I have this, it’s going to wipe the slate clean. To know that I can be debt-free. I feel so grateful and blessed.”
“I scanned the ticket using the lottery app,” Blanchette said. “It told me I had a winning ticket, but of course you never think you won one of the top prizes. I checked the numbers myself and was in shock. I was like, ‘What is this? And just like that, I won.’ This is amazing!”
Blanchette recently claimed her $25,000 A Year For Life prize. They guaranteed her $25,000 a year for life. However, she could take a lump sum of $390,000. So, Blanchette chose the lump sum option. After federal and state tax withholdings, she walked away with about $275,925.
For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. So, 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 sell at all 10500 Lottery retailers across the state.
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