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After 20 years of playing the same lottery numbers, Delaware man wins $25,000 a year for life

Sep 15, 2019, 7:43 pm

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Lucky for LifeLucky for Life: After 20 years of playing the same lottery numbers, Delaware man wins $25,000 a year for lifeRating:

Ever since he won $500 in the lottery 20 years ago, one 65-year-old New Castle, Delaware, man has been playing the same numbers over and over, hoping they'd pay off again. 

On Sept. 9, they finally did, winning him $25,000 per year for life in the Lucky for Life drawing. 

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the ticket at Dave's Liquors in New Castle, the state lottery office said. He matched all five numbers. 

"I thought I was dreaming," the man said when he learned that he had won. "I was one away from the big one (matching 5 numbers and the Lucky Ball), but that's okay. This is still such a great win!"

The man opted for the lump-sum payment of $390,000. After taxes, he will take home $296,400.

"There were two national second-prize Lucky for Life winners in the Sept. 9 drawing — each winning $25,000 a year for life," said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery, in a statement. 

"It's so exciting that one of them is from right here in Delaware."

Lucky for Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday. The game's top prize is $1,000 a day for life.

The odds of winning are 1 in 30,821,472. 

The odds of winning the second prize are 1 in 1,813,028.

When asked what he was planning to do with his winnings, the man said: "I'm pretty laid back and don't spend money on expensive things. I just want to help a few people out and save the rest."

He claimed his prize from lottery headquarters on Sept. 11.

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Simpsonville
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Feel good story and smart man taking cash option!

    plumsage's avatar - rinard
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    Congrats Sir.  Well deserved after playing for so long!

    Happy healthy wealthy and wise.

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      Great to hear good news...

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        So happy he stuck with the same number and it paid off for him big time!

        Now if only I could be that patient!....I am with one p4 number after losing with it many times!

        https://youtu.be/UvM2Cmi-YR

        George Micheal is singing in heaven now & the angels are cheering him on!

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          Congratulation to this winner. He was dedicated & had plenty of determination to play the same numbers    for this many years. Great story Todd. 

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            Ever since he won $500 in the lottery 20 years ago, one 65-year-old New Castle, Delaware, man has been playing the same numbers over and over, hoping they'd pay off again. 

            On Sept. 9, they finally did, winning him $25,000 per year for life in the Lucky for Life drawing. 

            The man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the ticket at Dave's Liquors in New Castle, the state lottery office said. He matched all five numbers. 

            "I thought I was dreaming," the man said when he learned that he had won. "I was one away from the big one (matching 5 numbers and the Lucky Ball), but that's okay. This is still such a great win!"

            The man opted for the lump-sum payment of $390,000. After taxes, he will take home $296,400.

            "There were two national second-prize Lucky for Life winners in the Sept. 9 drawing — each winning $25,000 a year for life," said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery, in a statement. 

            "It's so exciting that one of them is from right here in Delaware."

            Lucky for Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday. The game's top prize is $1,000 a day for life.

            The odds of winning are 1 in 30,821,472. 

            The odds of winning the second prize are 1 in 1,813,028.

            When asked what he was planning to do with his winnings, the man said: "I'm pretty laid back and don't spend money on expensive things. I just want to help a few people out and save the rest."

            He claimed his prize from lottery headquarters on Sept. 11.

            Partycongratulations..an inspiring story for all

            "fortuneseekers" is a great  MEMORY in your life..happy days are hereagain.....

            --------------------------KAMALAKAR-----------------------

              Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
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              As successful, happy, "got it made"

              rich oprah says, "sixties"  is a wonderful life for many et.al.,

               

              so i guess, beside her , + also others, you're able 2 add

              this VERY blessed guy to the lucky $ bunch."

               

              Dancei love it how some Hurray!prudently play same #s as i do with pick 4,

              etc.

              so, . i love it..."Partycongrats, lucky fella...

               

              Beautiful story.

              God Bless..." Invest...Live Better... I am happy for him, there in DE.

              Won(2020) $22,000. Let's Go NC! Time 2 break the bank, baby! 1034 1021 1061 1117

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                Congrats to the winner. That is Awesome☺

                Life, love, family Love

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                  Congrats to the lucky guy. Hyper

                   Let's go Brandon! ROFL

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                    Simpsonville
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                    Smart man going anonymous.   Saturday @ our annual festival lady walks up to me and says 'Hi Jeff, how are you'?  I'm terrible @ names but said I'm fine, yourself?  I know she was the last multi million dollar winner of the former KY lottery draw game.   Now if we had anonymity would not have known that for what it's worth.   She used to work in my bank as a teller, guess she loves money.   Believe she won $3 million.

                     

                    In the Army Phil Donahue's Brother was a CSM Stationed @ Ft. Meade, MD.   He looked just like him walking down the hall of our hospital.   I just smiled.

                     

                    Ft Monmouth's hospital OR Secretary is the Sister-in-Law to Michael Jordan while I was stationed there.  No pictures of Michael anywhere, but she sure drove a very nice car.  Her Husband then was in E7 @ one of the units there.

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                      Smart man going anonymous.   Saturday @ our annual festival lady walks up to me and says 'Hi Jeff, how are you'?  I'm terrible @ names but said I'm fine, yourself?  I know she was the last multi million dollar winner of the former KY lottery draw game.   Now if we had anonymity would not have known that for what it's worth.   She used to work in my bank as a teller, guess she loves money.   Believe she won $3 million.

                       

                      In the Army Phil Donahue's Brother was a CSM Stationed @ Ft. Meade, MD.   He looked just like him walking down the hall of our hospital.   I just smiled.

                       

                      Ft Monmouth's hospital OR Secretary is the Sister-in-Law to Michael Jordan while I was stationed there.  No pictures of Michael anywhere, but she sure drove a very nice car.  Her Husband then was in E7 @ one of the units there.

                      So your name is Jeff, you know a multi million dollar winner and you own a bank? I have a newfound respect for you mate.Approve

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

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                        Simpsonville
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                        No, figure of speech my bank....other two statements are 100% true.

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                          No, figure of speech my bank....other two statements are 100% true.

                          Ok Jeff.

                           * Voice of Reason *   

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

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                            Beautiful!, Stick with your numbers, do not change! That's the way to play!