Wyoming Player Wins State's First $1,000 A Day Lucky for Life Prize

Friday September 4th 2020

A Wyoming Lottery player got the week off to a great start when they became the state's first-ever winner of the Lucky for Life top prize of $1,000 a day for life on Monday.

The winning ticket was purchased at Maverik in Afton and matched all six numbers drawn on August 31: white balls 3, 9, 14, 18, 25 and the Lucky Ball 11.

“We are very excited to hear from this winner,” said WyoLotto CEO Jon Clontz. “This is a game of a lifetime, and this winner will definitely experience a life changing moment. Once the winner comes forward, they will have the option to take $1,000 a day for life or the cash payout of $5.75 million.”

Wyoming prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the draw date. The ticket holder has two options to claim: either in person at Wyoming Lottery headquarters in Cheyenne (appointment required), or by mail. To make an appointment, call 307-432-9300. Documentation is required to claim, including the winning ticket, claim form, government-issued ID and Social Security card.

Prizes must be claimed by an individual, not by a trust or company. However, Wyoming is one of ten states where lottery winners can stay anonymous if they choose without any strings attached.

About Lucky for Life

Lucky for Life was first played in Connecticut in 2012, and the game has been growing in popularity ever since, with 26 US lotteries now taking part. Tickets cost $2 and players pick five main numbers from 1-48 and a Lucky Ball number from 1-18. Draws are held twice a week, on Monday and Thursday.

Lucky for Life brings a twist to the classic draw game structure. Rather than rolling jackpots like those offered by Powerball and Mega Millions, Lucky for Life has fixed prize amounts.

The top two prize levels are annuities of $1,000 a day for life, and $25,000 a year for life. Players may also choose the cash option for these prizes and receive a reduced payout.

The game has a total range of 10 prize levels, starting at $4 for matching just the Lucky Ball. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 7.8.

There have been a total of 19 winners of the $1,000 a day for life grand prize:

  • Connecticut: 1
  • Kansas: 1
  • Kentucky: 3
  • Massachusetts: 1
  • Missouri: 1
  • Montana: 1
  • New Hampshire: 1
  • North Carolina: 3
  • Ohio: 3
  • Rhode Island: 1
  • South Carolina: 1
  • South Dakota: 1
  • Wyoming: 1

Additionally, 305 lucky players have won the $25,000 a year for life second prize.

Lucky for Life launched in Wyoming in December 2016, and since then over 680,000 tickets in the state have won $12.1 million. Players have the chance at a lifetime of luck twice a week, with draws every Monday and Thursday at 8:38 pm MT (ticket sales close at 7:30 pm on draw nights).

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