Lucky for Life moves to daily drawings starting Monday

Published 11:13 am Sunday, July 18, 2021

North Carolinians will have a daily chance at winning a lifetime supply of cash as the Lucky for Life draw game begins holding daily drawings Monday, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“The game, played in 23 states including North Carolina, is the only lottery game in North Carolina to feature a top prize of $1,000 A Day For Life and a second prize of $25,000 A Year For Life,” stated the release. “Winners get those prizes every year for the rest of their lives.”

No other game changes are planned, according to the release. Tickets remain $2, prizes are the same and the odds of winning those prizes are the same.

“Winning a lifetime supply of cash would be a dream come true,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We hope North Carolinians enjoy the chance to play this fun game any day of the week they like. The daily drawings will help us continue to meet our goals in raising money for education.”

Since the game started in North Carolina, someone in the state has won the top prize of $1,000 per day for life four times including a Winston-Salem woman who used her $1,000 a day winning ticket to fulfill a dream of starting a ministry to help others. Someone has won the second lifetime prize, $25,000 per year for life, 35 times including an 85-year-old grandfather from Clemmons who gave his 22-year-old granddaughter the winning ticket.

Players have 10 ways to win in the game. Some of the 10 prizes are:

  • $1,000 per day for life by matching all six numbers, including the “Lucky Ball” number. Odds are 1 in 30.8 million.
  • $25,000 per year for life by matching the first five numbers, but not the “Lucky Ball.” Odds are 1 in 1.8 million.
  • $5000 by matching the first four numbers on the white balls and the Lucky Ball. Odds are 1 in 143,000.

Each of the lifetime prizes are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years, but will continue to be paid out for the duration of each winner’s lifetime.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

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