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Michigan Woman Wins 25k for Life and Other Lottery News

When Mary Ann Davis watched the little white balls being matched up during the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game, she had no idea that she’d soon be the winner of the incredible $25,000 a year for life prize.

The winning ticket was bought in Saint Clair Shores at the Country Party Store, located at 23750 Greater Mack Avenue.

At First, She Didn’t Believe She’d Actually Won

When Davis first scanned her tickets, she thought for sure that there was no way she could have actually won.

“I bought some other lottery tickets and had $6 change, so I decided to buy three Lucky For Life Easy Picks,” said Davis. “I scanned the tickets a few days later and thought there is no way I had really won. I got online and looked up where the ticket was bought at, and that’s when I knew I was the winner.”

That was when 67-year-old Davis figured it was time to visit the lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She had two options. She could opt for annual payments of $25,000 a year for 20 years or life, whichever is greater–or she could receive the winnings in a lump sum payment of $390,000.

She decided to go with the one-time payment instead and said she plans to pay off her bills and then save the remainder.

Related: ‘Heck yeah, that’s $20!’ Said a NC Lottery Winner, But the Zeroes Didn’t Stop There

Oneida County Woman Wins $1 Million from Scratch-off Ticket

Thanks to a Golden 8s New York State Lottery ticket, a Chadwicks, Oneida, woman is now $1 million richer–at least before taxes were taken out.

Melanie Flynn, the winner of the $1Million lottery ticket, said that she enjoys buying scratch-off tickets throughout the week, and then scratches them off at her leisure during the weekend.

When she did scratch off her ticket, which she purchased at the Mirabito store on Oneida Street in Chadwicks, she got the surprise of her life when she found out she’d won $1 million dollars.

“I started screaming when I realized we won the jackpot!” said Melanie. “We barely slept that night because of the excitement. I signed the ticket and we put it in the safe for the weekend.”

Melanie chose to receive her winnings as a lump sum, netting her $550,876 after withholdings. She says that she plans to use the money to make life a little easier, which will include helping her family out; instead of looking at new fancy cellphones, she’ll be paying off her mortgage.

She is now the 18th New York Lottery player to win a prize that totals $1 million or more this year.

Related: Arkansas Man Wins Big, Plans to Buy First Home for Family of 7

Marion Prince

If Marion Price ever won the lottery, she’d accept the winnings anonymously, hire a lawyer right away, and live modestly on the interest payments from her lump-sum payment. Not that she has a plan or anything…

She finds the stories of lotto winners fascinating—especially those rags-to-riches-to-rags again stories of winners who had it all and then lost everything.

When she’s not researching tales of winners and losers for HowTheLuck, Marion enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

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