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

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Posted: January 24, 2015, 10:54 am - IP Logged

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).

Why is Texas not on that list????Mad

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    Posted: January 24, 2015, 11:59 am - IP Logged

    The gamesters have changed the game's number matrix, not to make it easier to win, but it may add some spice to the game.

    Good Luck to the LP players.

    Coffee

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      Posted: January 24, 2015, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

      Why is Texas not on that list????Mad

      Maybe it will be like PB and MM were at their beginnings, it will add states as it grows in popularity.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: January 24, 2015, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

        Read the fine print.

        from our state lottery, MN.

        Prizes and Odds of Winning

        MatchWinOdds
        5 + Lucky Ball$7,000/wk for life*+1 in 30,821,472
        5 numbers$25,000/yr for life*+1 in 1,813,028
        4+ Lucky Ball$5,000*1 in 143,356
        4 numbers$2001 in 8,433
        3+ Lucky Ball$1501 in 3,413
        3 numbers$201 in 201
        2+ Lucky Ball$251 in 250
        2 numbers$31 in 15
        1+ Lucky Ball$61 in 50
        Lucky Ball Only$41 in 32

        Approximate odds are 1 in 7.769.

        *Prize amounts may be split if there are multiple winners.

        it means you split that $7,000 per week, $25,000 per year or $5,000 between other players if more than 1 player wins.

        $5,000 split between 5 or 10 winners becomes $1,000 or $500.

        $7,000 per week split between 2 or 3 becomes $3,500 or $2,333 per week.

        +20-year minimum. Certain "for life" prize limitations may apply and a cash option may be available.

        $1,000/day for life prize will be paid weekly.

        Presented 'AS IS' and for Entertainment Purposes Only.
        Any gain or loss is your responsibility.
        Use at your own risk.

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          Posted: January 24, 2015, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

          I'll try it for a few draws.  I like that you can win $25 with only 2 numbers +1 Lucky Ball.  PB 2+1 is only $7.

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            Posted: January 24, 2015, 6:59 pm - IP Logged

            At a recent lottery consortium, one of the game managers (whose lottery isn't part of the L4L expansion) said that their comptroller cringes at the term "for life," so they avoid participating in those games. I guess some states would just hate to have a player live a long time LOL

            Cringes at the term " for life".. reminds me of a time when my Parents Liebherr refrigerator " died" after 5 years, when my Dear Mother asked the Dealer why the refrigerator would conk out so fast, a new Salesperson said " Perhaps that is the " life of the unit".. l heard that My Father at the time gave this guy a look that would .. l had heard that this person had been " transferred" out LOL

            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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              Posted: January 25, 2015, 6:55 am - IP Logged

              very tough game....I have never had anything more than the lucky ball  ..and that was from buying 5 tickets or more at any given time.I never played every week.

              Sure that's just my sh^t luck but this jp was seldom won since it's inception with all the states that are involved.

              It's only highlight is the $1000 a day factor. I don't know why these people can't just come up with a game that someone is guaranteed to win.

              I hardly think it would affect their bottom line

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                Posted: January 25, 2015, 9:44 am - IP Logged

                very tough game....I have never had anything more than the lucky ball  ..and that was from buying 5 tickets or more at any given time.I never played every week.

                Sure that's just my sh^t luck but this jp was seldom won since it's inception with all the states that are involved.

                It's only highlight is the $1000 a day factor. I don't know why these people can't just come up with a game that someone is guaranteed to win.

                I hardly think it would affect their bottom line

                I agree. Like I said in another post, they took a game that hasn't been won in 2 years and made it tougher. In the first year it came out, i believe 2 ppl won and it's been downhill ever since. I wish they would make it easier.

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                  Posted: January 25, 2015, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                  very tough game....I have never had anything more than the lucky ball  ..and that was from buying 5 tickets or more at any given time.I never played every week.

                  Sure that's just my sh^t luck but this jp was seldom won since it's inception with all the states that are involved.

                  It's only highlight is the $1000 a day factor. I don't know why these people can't just come up with a game that someone is guaranteed to win.

                  I hardly think it would affect their bottom line

                  You could always play the 50/50 super draw at $5 a tickets to win 65k after taxes. Disapprove

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                    I agree. Like I said in another post, they took a game that hasn't been won in 2 years and made it tougher. In the first year it came out, i believe 2 ppl won and it's been downhill ever since. I wish they would make it easier.

                    I'm thinking that with 11 more states being added that the jackpot will be hit more often or at least I hope so.

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                      Posted: January 26, 2015, 8:40 am - IP Logged

                      I don't understand why, if Kentucky is in on this that they have no announced or played any advertisements yet.  Also last night they still had Monopoly Millionaire's club in the machine...though it is disabled.  Was hoping this new game would be in its place.

                      Come on Chip Polston, I know you read these posts!

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                        Posted: January 26, 2015, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

                        So the new Season Ticket from Massachusetts just arrived in the Bluegrass with the new matrix/numbers.  Sad thing is it is only good for the drawing 29 JAN 15, then it expires.  Wouldn't it be nice to win on my final draw?

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                          Posted: January 26, 2015, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

                          MA lottery just posted on FB that the Lucky for life is almost 3 years old.  Since its inception there have been seven top prize winners and 176 second prize winners.  Now I know KY will join in the coming weeks along with two other states.  Not a whole lot of winners for the top prize.

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                            MA lottery just posted on FB that the Lucky for life is almost 3 years old.  Since its inception there have been seven top prize winners and 176 second prize winners.  Now I know KY will join in the coming weeks along with two other states.  Not a whole lot of winners for the top prize.

                            Lucky for Life is not a rolling jackpot game. The more LFL tickets sold, the worse the potential payout is to players. The exact opposite of what many players are accustomed  to. The main problem with LFL is the top prize $1,000 per day ($5.75 million cash value) is immediately para-mutuel - if even few as two win, it automatically splits. While that was highly unlikely to occur in the past, it very much could occur as more states join in.

                            Personally, I feel  Powerball is a better route verses LFL for winning a decent chunk of cash - speaking of the 2nd tier $2 million prize by ponying up the extra $1 for Powerplay ... well until July, which is a bit more time, when Powerball changes to the new matrix with the 2nd tier prize is no longer doubled for Powerplay, and the odds go beyond stratospheric (currently 1 in ~5.1 million; in contrast, LFL is 1 in ~30 million) to totally insane (1 in ~9.2 million) to just hit 2nd tier let alone the jackpot at 1 in ~286 million.

                            The 2nd place LFL prize $25,000 per year ($390K cash value) can also be para-mutuel, but, generally, only if more than 20 hit. That's more reasonable. Shame the top prize doesn't have a threshold, though I understand why it doesn't, since some players could game that by purchasing multiple tickets with the same numbers. Lottery officials have pulled out all the stops to prevent LFL from going deep into the red, including relatively low thresholds for para-mutuel payouts, and no rolling jackpots nor roll-downs.

                            The 59% overall payout is nice, but don't be fooled, The lower tier prizes are really low amounts. While that's good for getting more playtime, and more chances of winning, the odds at 1 in ~30 million for a top prize of $5.75 million that could split isn't all that great. Game doesn't excite me, though it seems something that would be worthwhile playing every once in a while. Though, being that the PA Lottery doesn't offer LFL, I won't have to ponder such a decision.

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                              Posted: January 28, 2015, 9:17 am - IP Logged

                              I run to New Jersey to buy tickets. I have been getting small wins on it. I get nothing with Powerball or Mega. So I will say bring it to PA.