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Visiting father discovers son's lifetime lottery win

Jun 25, 2018, 3:02 pm

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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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Roanoke, VA
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That's a nice win right there!

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    * In hot pursuit of $ *
    White Shores- California
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    ...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.” 

     * Voice of Reason *   

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

      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
      Fresno, California
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      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

       "We are all in this together!" 

        CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
        Central TN
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        Chairdarn kids    ....never taking care of things...leave it up to good ole dad to check...

        Integrity: There is no substitute.

        "If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals . . . recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."

          Raven62's avatar - binary
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          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.

          Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

          The best way to learn is to never stop being a student!

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            harvard,il
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            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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              Anchorage AK
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              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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                Simpsonville
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                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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                  Simpsonville
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                  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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                    Anchorage AK
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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

                      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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                      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

                       "We are all in this together!"