80th Winner Scoops $1,000 a Week for Life
A woman has been presented with a $39,000 cheque by Pennsylvania Lottery officials, and it's the first of many that Jeanette Annibella will receive as a recent winner of the Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratchcard game.
Jeanette, who is from Forest County, was handed the cheque at Haller's Sporting Goods store – the same store that sold her the winning ticket. As a reward for vending the lucky ticket, store owner Menahem Thalkar was awarded a cash bonus of $10,000.
The top prize for Win $1,000 A Week For Life is paid out in annual chunks of $52,000, minus 25% federal deductions. There have now been eighty-one winners of the game since it was launched eleven years ago, with the 81st winner striking it lucky just one day after Jeanette made her own claim.
Win $1,000 A Week For Life is actually three games in one. In the first game, the player needs to scratch the game card and uncover three matching cash amounts to win that same amount. Should a player uncover three "Life" symbols, they automatically win the top prize of $1,000 a week for life. The odds of doing this are said to be 1 in 4.8 million.
In the second game, the player needs to get three "Keystone" symbols in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row. And in the third game, players have to match a number with one of two Lucky Numbers also on the card. In both cases, if the prize amount is shown as "life" then, as in the first game, the player wins the top prize of $1,000 a week for life.
If a player doesn't win a prize from the three main games, a bonus game offers them a chance to console themselves with anything between $4 and $50. All told, Win A $1,000 A Week For Life offers nine chances of winning, which goes a long way to explaining the popularity of the game for over a decade.
Article Last Updated: 02/08/2007