More state lotteries adding "win for life" games

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I just started to play Lucky for Life yesterday. I bought a quick pick for a few drawings to see how it goes.


I hadn't even noticed it until last week. It's really new here apparently

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Once again Oklahoma is not on the list Bang Head

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According to the North Carolina Education Lottery website, "Lucky for Life" will begin in our State on February 7th.  I like these odds much better than Powerball or Mega Millions.  Hopefully, the States won't get greedy in the near future.  They double the price and worsen the odds in order to make the game "more exciting".  And then they wonder why PB and MM are under performing.  Duh!


not a good game for people over 40. 2.00 price tag and bad odds. sounds good but people on here only want 200 million jackpots or won't play anything. so not for them. good game if you don't want to garner attention and be hounded by people. but tax bite knocks off about 40% of take. problem is most lottery players are over 50. there is a cash option, but better to chase your state lotto when it hits 1m or more.

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Been waiting for this since '09, but Florida is usually late in joining the party. 

I don't care how old I am when I hit it, I'm taking the annuity. Something about $1,000 going in the bank every time I open my eyes in the morning...

In response to Nino224

Ga had decades of dollars which was phased out last year.   Hopefully they will join the lucky for life format again soon.

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actually would only be about 650.00. you wouldn't be buying the playboy mansion with it but acceptable. a little over 200k a year clear which for the majority on here sneeze at since they won't even buy a ticket for the big ones unless there at 200 million or more. the 2.00 price tag negates a lot of the value. lottery's are promoting this since they get to hold the money forever on you. stay away.   probably ok for younger people who can't control spending, but older people and others not so much. only 2 winners of this in my state in last 4 years. bad matrix odds.

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In response to OneTrickpony

You know, when I was writing this article yesterday I checked out every lottery website to be sure I got them all.  Figures NC would add this info today.  I'll update the story with the new info, thanks.

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South Carolina was the first and only state to win the for life jackpot in 2015 thus far; there have been lots of 2nd place prizes throughout the other states though..

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lack of winners disturbing. not really a lot of tickets being sold for this. don't understand the hoopla and enthusiasm. people give up on this after a few drawings. should be 1.00 and sales would improve dramatically.

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So all these states are joining a game in which "not really a lot of tickets are being sold"?  I'd love to hear where your information comes from.  All these lotteries must be really stupid to join a game that will lose money.

People give up after a few drawings?   Again, your source of information would be greatly appreciated.  You must have a very knowledgeable inside source to be feeding you this information.

As far as price is concerned, people said the same thing about Powerball.  I guess they didn't know what they were talking about, given the size of the jackpot last week.

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What does over 40 have to do with getting money every year for life? NOTHING. These are my favorite games and I don't give a crap if I am over 40 I will take $365,000 a year any day or $273,000 after taxes or whatever is left I don't give a crap. Would be A LOT more than I would have otherwise at any age. Don't like the games don't play them. The odds are WAY better than PB or MM and I have already seen about 6-8 winners or more in 4 states. I matched 3 number so far, and also almost won Lucky For Life way back when I matched 4 out of 6 three times. I spend more on these than PB that is for sure. I will take $273,000 a year for life at any age.

Hell I would take way less even. Being over 40 does not mean crap, I would still never spend that much a year and would add up fast. Money is money regardless of your age and that amount is more than most will make working. Not to mention you got 25 plus years before you can retire so that logic is just plain stupid. Most ain't gonna make that working or retiring and most live well past 70. So they should stay poor because they are over 40? Get the F outta here. LOL The odds are WAY better than those other jackpot games. Also most older people who take cash with the big jackpots still never spend it all and most would never spend the annuity either. So that does not matter anyway unless they really want to blow money which most don't. But if you want to stay poor after 40 that is your choice.


When it comes to Win for Life games, lotteries are smart for sure. Taking advantage of players naively believing more is better. However, Cash4Life and Lucky for Life are different than traditional jackpot games. The prizes do not grow. The more states added, worse the potential payout to individual players becomes, since top prize is split among such winners, and 2nd tier, and even lower prizes too, can split in some instances.

Based on current level of play, Cash4Life still seems relatively safe to play in regards to top prize rarely ever splitting, but as more states are added, lower the value of the game to players. Personally, I play Cash4Life occasionally, and like it. However, as more states are added, the less I'll play.

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come on todd. you know that this is not a good play. the states are joining because they are not paying out much on this game as they are taking in or are holding onto by paying slower rather than all at once. can't even compare this to powerball frenzy last week. my source of information is that i've checked for winners of this and they are far and few between. 5 out 48 and 1 out of 18 matrix quite the obstacle to cashing this. in all the lottery stores i go into the bet slips for this are largely undisturbed in the rack. you could probably check the volume of sales better than i can. your theory about the price increase to 2.00 is flawed in that many people do not play unless it hits upwards of 250 million now. when it does they forget about the 2.00 price tag. this game gives you diddly for your 2.00. if you're under 40 maybe.

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