The summer harvest might be close to over in Winifred, but not for Dale Smith, who won $25,000 a year for life with a Lucky For Life ticket purchased at the Winifred Grocery, 201 Main St; Winifred.
When Dale stopped by the grocery store, he was told he should "head home and check his ticket", because the grocery store knew they'd sold a winning ticket, and Dale's just one of a couple who play Lucky For Life in Winifred. So Dale called his wife and said, "check it out, we may have won $5,000." But she checks a little deeper, and says "You'd better come home."
Once Dale saw the numbers and the prize, he called his daughters and they planned a trip to Helena to collect their prize.
Once in town, the family decided to take the prize as a lump sum, which came to over $390,000 before taxes. Dale told us his wife and daughters spent the whole trip planning how to spend the money, and shopping for cars. When asked if they were going to stay and celebrate in Helena, the Smiths said no, they needed to get home to have a party with their four brothers.
This is the third $25,000 a year for life ticket that has been sold in Montana. Lucky for Life is the newest draw game product introduced by the Montana Lottery since Mega Millions was introduced in 2010. Lucky for Life boasts a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum and a secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum.
The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.