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Most lottery players would be lucky to win one Lucky for Life prize of $25,000 per year for life, but a Massachusetts man was fortunate enough to win that prize six times.
In the same drawing, Raymond Roberts Sr. of Fall River won the second-tier Lucky for Life prize of $25,000 per year for life six times.
On Wednesday, December 14, Roberts matched the first five numbers on his six tickets, earning him the second-tier prize in the multi-state game. With Lucky Ball 6, the winning numbers were 2, 4, 6, 17, and 20.
He would have won the game's top prize of $7,000 per week for life if he had matched the Lucky Ball number six times.
The Vietnam veteran explained to the Lottery that his decision to purchase six identical tickets for one drawing was purely "intuitive." He explained that the numbers are a mix of anniversary dates and birthdays that he had been playing in various draw games for over 20 years.
He did not waste any time in collecting his prizes. He appeared at Lottery headquarters in Dorchester the day after the drawing. Although he won six prizes with the same numbers, he did so in an unusual manner.
Roberts took the $390,000 cash option on five of the prizes, for a total of $1.95 million before taxes. He chose the annuity option for the sixth prize, which guaranteed him the first annual payment of $25,000 before taxes from a minimum of 20 annual payments.
The winner intends to use a portion of his winnings to buy a motorcycle.
The store that sold all six winning tickets, Royal Liquors on N. Main Street in Fall River, will receive a $30,000 bonus from the Lottery, or $5,000 for each winning ticket.
Every day at 10:38 p.m. EST, a Lucky for Life drawing is held. Each ticket costs $2. The winning numbers and prize amounts can be found on the Multi-State Lotteries page of The Lottery Lab.
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