LANSING, MI — A Livonia woman is planning on investing in her retirement after she won a lottery jackpot worth $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky for Life game.
“I like playing Lucky For Life because you can win a good amount even if you only match a couple numbers,” said Laurie Nixon, 66. “I checked my ticket after the drawing and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“I decided to wake my husband up to tell him what I’d won. At first, he didn’t believe me at all. It took a few minutes of convincing and then we celebrated by making a toast!”
Nixon matched all five white numbers drawn — 04-17-20-22-40 — for the drawing on Oct. 11 to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. Nixon bought her winning ticket at Regal Liquor II, located at 8240 North Merriman Road in Westland.
She visited lottery headquarters in Lansing recently to claim her prize. Nixon elected to receive her prize as a one-time lump-sum payment of $390,000, rather than the annuity.
“Winning this sure has made retirement a lot easier for us,” Nixon said.
For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
The last players from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot is the Wolverine FLL lottery club which claimed a $1.05 billion jackpot in March. With their winnings, the group plans to give back to the community.
And while they were lucky winners, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland in 2019 went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.
If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.