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Lucky for Life multi-state lottery game set to expand next week

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Updated: Number of states the game will be expanded to

By Todd Northrop

New England's Lucky for Life lottery game is set to expand into an additional eight states starting next week.

The multi-state game offers a grand prize of $1,000 a day for life, and has drawings every Monday and Thursday.

Uniquely, the game offers a another lifetime prize for the second prize level — $25,000 a year for life.

Both "for Life" prizes are payable for the length of a winner's life.  At minimum, 20 years of payments are guaranteed; however payments could last much longer, based on the lifespan of a winner.

Tickets go on sale in the expansion states on Jan. 27, and cost $2 each.  The first drawing the new jurisdictions will participate in is Jan. 29.

Both the game's number matrix and its prize payouts will be changing after the Jan. 26 drawing.

To play Lucky for Life starting Jan. 27, players will select five numbers out of 48 and then choose a "Lucky Ball" number from 1 to 18.  Of course, they can also just ask for a quick pick (random numbers selected by the lottery terminal). 

If the player matches all five numbers plus the Lucky Ball they win the top prize of $1,000 a day for life or can take a one-time cash payment. 

The new prizes offered starting Jan. 27 are:

  • Match 5 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $1,000 a day for life
  • Match 5 numbers: $25,000 a year for life
  • Match 4 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $5,000
  • Match 4 numbers: $200
  • Match 3 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $150
  • Match 3 numbers: $20
  • Match 2 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $25
  • Match 2 numbers: $3
  • Match 1 number plus the Lucky Ball: $6
  • Match the Lucky Ball only: $4

Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 30.8 million.  Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 7.8.

The new jurisdictions participating in the Lucky for Life game starting Jan. 27 are:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • South Carolina

Delaware will be retiring its Delaware Cash 5 game on Jan. 24 to make room for the new multi-state offering.

Lucky for Life began as an in-state lottery game in Connecticut in 2009.  The game was called Lucky-4-Life.

In March, 2012, the game was opened up as a multi-state game, adding the New England states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

After Jan. 26 the Lucky for Life slogan will be changed from "New England's Game" to "The Game of a Lifetime".

Drawings for the game are held in Hartford, Connecticut, using a traditional lottery ball machine, every Monday and Thursday at 10:38pm (EST).

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ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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Posted: January 22, 2015, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

I'll probably buy at least one line each drawing. Smile

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    Posted: January 22, 2015, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

    I'll probably buy at least one line each drawing. Smile

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      Posted: January 22, 2015, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

      Hmmm lets see....what are the odds for the jackpot?  30,000,000 to 1.

      The jackpot is fixed at 5.7 million dollars?

      There is a possibility you may have to split it?

      Tickets are $2?

      What are the odds for second prize on Megamillions ?

      about 17,000,000 to 1?

      you don't have to split second prize unless there are umpty bajillion winners?

      the ticket costs $2 with the megaplier?

      You have a chance at $5,000,000 for second?

      You also have a chance at a much larger prize?

      How stupid does the lucky for life game look?

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        Posted: January 22, 2015, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

        I win often on this game. I haven't won anything in MM for months. I'll give this game first priority then PB then MM.

        That money's gone fo ever

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          Posted: January 22, 2015, 6:13 pm - IP Logged

          Think....you posted the wrong odds for Mega millions...it is much higher than what you stated.

          I have a Season ticket for the old game from Massachusetts.  Now can play in Kentucky next week.

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            Posted: January 22, 2015, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

            Bleudog101,

             

            Welcome to Lottery Past!! Good luck to you in this game and all that you play!

             

            I'll be playing this game as well as long as they keep it to a twice a week schedule.

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              NH
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              Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

              5.7 is the cash option I believe. If an 18 year old hits the jackpot and takes the annunity and lives to be 90 years old, he'll collect over 26 million before taxes...

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                Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                Hmmm lets see....what are the odds for the jackpot?  30,000,000 to 1.

                The jackpot is fixed at 5.7 million dollars?

                There is a possibility you may have to split it?

                Tickets are $2?

                What are the odds for second prize on Megamillions ?

                about 17,000,000 to 1?

                you don't have to split second prize unless there are umpty bajillion winners?

                the ticket costs $2 with the megaplier?

                You have a chance at $5,000,000 for second?

                You also have a chance at a much larger prize?

                How stupid does the lucky for life game look?

                There isn't a Megaplier in this game.

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                  Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

                  Think....you posted the wrong odds for Mega millions...it is much higher than what you stated.

                  I have a Season ticket for the old game from Massachusetts.  Now can play in Kentucky next week.

                  It's 1 in 18.5 million for the Mega Millions second prize of $1 million, so pretty close to what Think said.  Check the latest prize payout table to see:  http://www.lotterypost.com/game/45/prizes/2015/1/20

                  That being said I don't think a $1 million prize is the same as winning the $1,000 per day for life prize, so I don't necessarily agree.

                   

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                    Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:53 pm - IP Logged

                    Odds for SECOND prize in MM is 1 in 18,492,204.

                    He didn't say that Win for Life had a multiplier. Just making comparisons between games as far odds and the chance of splitting a prize in case of multiple winners.

                    I like MM because it's still a buck a tic, and if I want to spend 2 bucks, it's my decision, I'm not having to spend 2 bucks on one tic with no upgrade in prize money.

                    This game will do ok, it already has a following, but man, nobody seems to realize that the price has doubled on a lot of these new games.

                    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                    A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                      Posted: January 22, 2015, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                      I win often on this game. I haven't won anything in MM for months. I'll give this game first priority then PB then MM.

                      I've done okay on the MM. I'll tell you what game I haven't won on in months is the powerball and the new matrix won't help so this game might just substitute that at least when the pb jackpot is sub $150M.

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                        Posted: January 22, 2015, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                        Dang I don't see Oklahoma on the list Bang Head

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                          Posted: January 22, 2015, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

                          I would wager that Reagan would be on Mr Rushmore before California gets this game. 

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                            Posted: January 22, 2015, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

                            NC isn't on the list either!!! No Nod