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Lucky for Life multi-state lottery game set to expand next week

Jan 22, 2015, 12:15 pm

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Lucky for Life

Updated: Number of states the game will be expanded to

By Todd Northrop

New England's Lucky for Life lottery game is set to expand into an additional eight states starting next week.

The multi-state game offers a grand prize of $1,000 a day for life, and has drawings every Monday and Thursday.

Uniquely, the game offers a another lifetime prize for the second prize level — $25,000 a year for life.

Both "for Life" prizes are payable for the length of a winner's life.  At minimum, 20 years of payments are guaranteed; however payments could last much longer, based on the lifespan of a winner.

Tickets go on sale in the expansion states on Jan. 27, and cost $2 each.  The first drawing the new jurisdictions will participate in is Jan. 29.

Both the game's number matrix and its prize payouts will be changing after the Jan. 26 drawing.

To play Lucky for Life starting Jan. 27, players will select five numbers out of 48 and then choose a "Lucky Ball" number from 1 to 18.  Of course, they can also just ask for a quick pick (random numbers selected by the lottery terminal). 

If the player matches all five numbers plus the Lucky Ball they win the top prize of $1,000 a day for life or can take a one-time cash payment. 

The new prizes offered starting Jan. 27 are:

  • Match 5 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $1,000 a day for life
  • Match 5 numbers: $25,000 a year for life
  • Match 4 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $5,000
  • Match 4 numbers: $200
  • Match 3 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $150
  • Match 3 numbers: $20
  • Match 2 numbers plus the Lucky Ball: $25
  • Match 2 numbers: $3
  • Match 1 number plus the Lucky Ball: $6
  • Match the Lucky Ball only: $4

Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 30.8 million.  Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 7.8.

The new jurisdictions participating in the Lucky for Life game starting Jan. 27 are:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • South Carolina

Delaware will be retiring its Delaware Cash 5 game on Jan. 24 to make room for the new multi-state offering.

Lucky for Life began as an in-state lottery game in Connecticut in 2009.  The game was called Lucky-4-Life.

In March, 2012, the game was opened up as a multi-state game, adding the New England states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

After Jan. 26 the Lucky for Life slogan will be changed from "New England's Game" to "The Game of a Lifetime".

Drawings for the game are held in Hartford, Connecticut, using a traditional lottery ball machine, every Monday and Thursday at 10:38pm (EST).

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