Lucky for Life

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Lucky for Life (LFL) is a lottery drawing game, which, as of 2019, is available in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Lucky for Life, which began in 2009 in Connecticut as Lucky-4-Life, became a New England–wide game three years later, and added eleven lotteries during 2015. LFL's slogan is "The Game of a Lifetime". Drawings remain in Connecticut; Lucky for Life is drawn Mondays and Thursdays at 10:38 p.m. Eastern Time, using two drawing machines and numbered balls.[1]

Lucky for Life was modified on September 17, 2013, adding a second "lifetime" prize tier, and a cash option for either annuity tier; LFL was modified again in January 2015 to its current format. Each Lucky for Life play costs $2.

With the District of Columbia joining Lucky for Life (the first member added without changing the game's double matrix) on February 15, 2015, Kentucky on March 22, 2015, Ohio on November 15, 2015, Iowa on January 24, 2016, North Carolina on February 7, 2016, North Dakota on February 26, 2016, Colorado on July 17, 2016, Kansas on November 15, 2016, Wyoming on December 4, 2016, South Dakota on June 4, 2017, Nebraska on August 20, 2017, and Oklahoma on February 25, 2018.[2]

First- and second-prize payouts[edit]

Unlike other American lottery games (the exception being the nine-state Cash4Life) Lucky for Life offers two annuitized prize levels; both are advertised as "lifetime" prizes. Beginning with the 2013 game modification, a first-prize winner can choose cash in lieu of the lifetime annuity; second-prize winners also are offered a cash option. A first-prize winner, if the annuity is chosen, receives, or shares, the equivalent of "$1,000 a day for life" (the timing of the payments is according to the rules where the ticket was sold), with a 20-year guarantee; if the winner dies, payments continue to the winner's estate.[3] Second prize is $25,000 per year for life.

Lucky for Life's double matrix, used beginning in January 2015, is 5 of 48 white balls and 1 of 18 green "Lucky Balls". The original, Connecticut-only version, was 4 of 39 white balls and 1 of 19 green balls; hence the name Lucky-4-Life. The format upon the change to its current name was 5/40 + 1/21; the 2013 game modification (including the new second "lifetime" prize tier and the introduction of a cash option) had 43 balls in each of the two drums.

The 5/43 + 1/43 version never produced a top prize-winning ticket; the first winner under the current matrix was sold in South Carolina for the November 19, 2015 drawing. The winner, who claimed the prize anonymously under SCEL rules, was the first winner to choose cash in lieu of the annuity for the game's top prize, as all previous top prize winners are receiving their winnings under the game's pre-2013 rules.

Odds and prizes[edit]

A player wins a prize according to the following chart (effective January 27, 2015):

Matches Prize Approximate
probability
of winning on a $2 bet
White Balls
(48)
Lucky Ball
(18)
5 1 $1,000/day or cash option† 1: 30,821,472
5 0 $25,000/year or cash option†‡ 1: 1,813,028
4 1 $5,000‡ 1: 143,356
4 0 $200 1: 8433
3 1 $150 1: 3413
2 1 $25 1: 250
3 0 $20 1: 201
1 1 $6 1: 50
0 1 $4 1: 32
2 0 $3 1: 15

† First-prize cash option is $5,750,000; multiple winners share the top prize regardless of payment option(s) chosen. Second-prize cash option is $390,000. The cash option amounts are decided by a unanimous vote of the LFL lotteries; these amounts are posted at least 30 days before the change(s) occur.

‡ Second and third prizes also have liability limits.

The prize pool is approximately 60 percent of sales.

The overall odds of winning are 1:7.8.[4]

Participating lotteries[edit]

Members Joined
Arkansas January 27, 2015
Colorado July 17, 2016
Connecticut 2009
Delaware January 27, 2015
District of Columbia February 15, 2015
Idaho January 27, 2015
Iowa January 24, 2016
Kansas November 15, 2016
Kentucky March 22, 2015
Maine March 3, 2012[5]
Massachusetts March 15, 2012[6]
Michigan January 27, 2015
Minnesota January 27, 2015
Missouri January 27, 2015
Montana January 27, 2015
Nebraska August 20, 2017
New Hampshire 2012
North Carolina February 7, 2016
North Dakota February 26, 2016
Ohio November 15, 2015
Oklahoma February 25, 2018
Rhode Island 2012
South Carolina January 27, 2015
South Dakota June 4, 2017
Vermont 2012
Wyoming December 4, 2016

† Original member; game started as Lucky-4-Life. Connecticut continues to host the drawings.

‡ The minimum age to play Lucky for Life in Iowa is 21, while in Nebraska it is 19;[7] elsewhere it is 18.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.neluckyforlife.com/about/ (retrieved April 2, 2012)
  2. ^ https://www.lottery.ok.gov/luckyforlife.asp#winners
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2012-04-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) (retrieved April 2, 2012)
  4. ^ "Lucky For Life Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ http://mainelottery.com/about/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.malotteryx.com/Lucky-For-Life/last-10/winning-numbers.htm
  7. ^ "Buying Tickets". www.ialottery.com. Iowa Lottery. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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