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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