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A Michigan man said he might have never known about his $25,000 a year for life lottery jackpot if his father hadn't come to visit.

Bhavik Patel, 29, of Kentwood, told Michigan Lottery officials he bought a Lucky for Life ticket from the Speedway gas station at 16819 Marsh Road in Haslett with the numbers 7, 12, 20, 27, and 48.

"I bought the ticket when I was visiting my sister, who lives in Lansing," said Patel. "I never thought about it again until my dad came to me with a shocked look on his face to tell me I won."

Patel said the ticket for the April 23 drawing sat in a pile of unchecked tickets on his desk for two months until his father came to visit.

"I buy tickets and a lot of times I will forget to check them right away," Patel said. "My dad was in town visiting recently and saw a pile of tickets on my desk, so he started checking them. If he hadn't done that, who knows when, or if, I would have found out that I had won."

Patel visited lottery headquarters Friday and chose to take his prize as an annuity: $25,000 a year for life or 20 years, whichever is greater. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills and then save the remainder for now.

"Knowing I can count on this for the rest of my life gives me such a sense of security," Patel 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.

Lucky for Life is a multi-state lottery game, available for purchase in 24 states plus the District of Columbia. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m.

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Nodda4me's avatar - LhDlsh8
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Posted: June 25, 2018, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

That's a nice win right there!

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    Posted: June 25, 2018, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

    ...now if Bhavik’s father owned a convenient store & had given him that ticket months ago, that he forgot to check, this would be a totally different story. We would be deep in the realm of “ hmmm.” 

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      Posted: June 25, 2018, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

      Bhavik Patel will probably reward his father.  WOW! What a nice cushion to have. But of course, Uncle Sam will take his cut.  Too bad it wasn't the $1,000.00 a day for life.

       At age 29 taking the Annuity is probably a good decision on his part.

       Marking a winning lottery ticket like someone did on line B. is not a good idea. This might have lead to more security checks and delayed payment.

      Dance

        " Live Long and Prosper" Spock on Star Trek. A Vulcan.

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        Posted: June 25, 2018, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

        Chairdarn kids    ....never taking care of things...leave it up to good ole dad to check...

        Integrity: There is just no substitute

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          Posted: June 25, 2018, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

          A good example for checking your Lottery Tickets in a Timely Manner!

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

          Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

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            Posted: June 26, 2018, 10:55 am - IP Logged

            A good example for checking your Lottery Tickets in a Timely Manner!

            all i can say is WOW how lucky Lurking

            i want to be a millionaire a second time!

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              Posted: June 27, 2018, 1:32 am - IP Logged

              Hi all. I'm new here but been reading the comments for a long time. Congrats to the winner. I would have checked my tickets asap. While $25,000 a year is not near enough to rely on by itself, it'll have to suffice as a helpful nest egg. You can't buy a car with it or even a nice house/condo and it'll take 40 years to receive $1m. I would have taken the cash option!

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                Posted: June 27, 2018, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                Hi all. I'm new here but been reading the comments for a long time. Congrats to the winner. I would have checked my tickets asap. While $25,000 a year is not near enough to rely on by itself, it'll have to suffice as a helpful nest egg. You can't buy a car with it or even a nice house/condo and it'll take 40 years to receive $1m. I would have taken the cash option!

                Welcome LottoHombre to LP!!  If I were his age, I'd have taken annual payments too.

                Do you get to travel to Washington State to play the lottery?

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                  Posted: June 27, 2018, 9:07 am - IP Logged

                  Just called the Michigan lottery to see how long their tickets are good for, seems couldn't find it on-line---good for one year so he had plenty of time to get the ticket cashed.

                  Also inquired to my email a couple of months ago where I suggested they have a beginning AND end date for multi-draws since you can purchase up to 30 advance draws.  The email said it was a good idea, on the phone call I asked and she said no plans for it.  Told her it makes it more difficult to figure out the end date.  Well an A+ for trying twice.

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                    Welcome LottoHombre to LP!!  If I were his age, I'd have taken annual payments too.

                    Do you get to travel to Washington State to play the lottery?

                    No. I have a brother in Ohio who buys tickets for me. Though I never play those scratch off ones. Only Mega and occasionally Powerball

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                      Posted: June 28, 2018, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

                      LottoHombre,  Enjoy the 24-hour sunshine up their in Alaska this Summer. Plus all the fauna and flora growth spurt. It must be a beautiful sight. I envy you, Enjoy!

                      Patriot

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