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Sioux City Man Wins Prize Of $25,000 A Year For Life In Iowa's New Lucky for Life® Game

Sales In Multi-State Game With Prizes For Life Began In January In Iowa

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CLIVE, Iowa - A Sioux City man won a prize of $25,000 a year for life with just the fourth ticket he bought in Iowa's new Lucky for Life lottery game.

"I noticed I had a lot of numbers and thought that ought to be worth something," Roy King said as he claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Clive. "Then I looked again and said, 'Wait a minute, this is serious.'"

King's ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Lucky Ball in Monday's Lucky for Life drawing to win the game's second prize of $25,000 a year for life. He bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 4500 Sergeant Road in Sioux City. Hy-Vee will receive a $500 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket at one of its stores.

Iowa became the 18th state to offer Lucky for Life when sales debuted here in late January. King is the state's first big winner in the game since its Iowa start.

King, 62, who works in sales at a Sioux City appliances, electronics and furniture store, said he recently noticed a sign about the Lucky for Life game and decided to give it a try. After matching one number a couple of times, he decided to keep trying.

"I said, 'I'm going to buy tickets until I win something - I don't care if it's just $2, I'm going to win," King said with a smile as he claimed his prize. "This is more than $2."

King and his wife, Margaret, said his lottery winnings will allow them to retire when they want to do so.

Lucky for Life is a $2 game with drawings twice a week, at 9:38 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Players choose five numbers from a pool of 48 for the white balls and 1 out of 18 numbers for the Lucky Ball. Players can win the game's top prize of $1,000 a day for life by matching all six numbers selected in one of its drawings. The game's second prize - for matching the first five numbers but missing the Lucky Ball - is $25,000 a year for life. Other prize levels in the game range from $4 up to $5,000.

The game's top two prize levels are described as "lasting as long as you do," meaning that they are truly for life. The minimum guaranteed payout for those two prize levels is 20 years, and there is a lump-sum option for players who prefer that. King chose the lump-sum option for his winnings.

The odds of winning Lucky for Life's top prize are about 1 in 30.8 million, as compared to odds of about 1 in 292.2 million of winning the Powerball® jackpot; and odds of about 1 in 259 million of winning the Mega Millions® jackpot.

Prize: $25,000 a year for life  
Federal Withholding: $62,500  
Federal Withholding: $62,500  
State Withholding: $12,500  
Net Amount: $175,000  

 

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