ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery players are winning big with Win for Life, a fun new game that offers a lifetime of security with a top prize of $1,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE. Since the game's first drawing in March, more than 441,000 Georgia Lottery players have won over $3.04 MILLION in prizes ranging from $2 to the super second prize of $1,000 A WEEK FOR A YEAR.
"It's terrific to see our players winning so many prizes and having so much fun with Win for Life," said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. "Every time you purchase a Win for Life ticket in Georgia, you are supporting HOPE scholars and Pre-K students."
A 30-year-old top prize winner, who reaches the life expectancy age of 77, can expect to receive $1,000 a week for the next 47 years. That totals more than $2.4 million in winnings. A 30-year-old top prize winner, who reaches 100, will collect over $3.6 million.
The $1,000 a week for life top prize is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years. Therefore, if a winner passes away within 10 years of winning, the remaining annuity payments would be transferable to the winner's estate.
To date, 14 Georgia Lottery players have won Win for Life's incredible second prize of $1,000 A WEEK FOR A YEAR. Second prize winning tickets have been purchased in the following cities: Acworth, Austell, Chamblee, Cornelia, Dalton, Doerun, Ivey, Jonesboro, LaGrange, Stone Mountain, Watkinsville, West Point (2) and Woodland.
Yvette Ward, a 42-year-old Kentucky resident, won the $1,000 a week for life top prize in the Win for Life drawing on March 25.
With Win for Life, six numbers are randomly selected from a set of numbers 1 to 42. Additionally, a seventh "Free Ball" number is selected from the remaining balls after the first six are selected. Players can use the "Free Ball" to increase lower-tier prizes.
Win for Life tickets went on sale beginning Sunday, February 26, 2006. The first Win for Life drawing was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Win for Life drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Each Win for Life ticket costs $1.
Win for Life players select any six numbers from 1 to 42 for each desired Win for Life play or select the Quik Pik option. The lottery draws six winning numbers followed by one "Free Ball" number from the same set of 42 balls. There is no "Free Ball" indicated on your ticket. If you match the six winning numbers, you win $1,000 a week for life.
Matching the "Free Ball" number with any of your numbers may increase prize amounts. For example, matching five of six winning numbers wins $600; however, matching five of six winning numbers plus the "Free Ball" wins $1,000 a week for a year ($52,000).
There are eight ways to win a prize playing Win for Life. In addition to the $1,000 a week for life top prize, Win for Life offers a great second prize of $1,000 a week for a year.
Overall odds of winning any Win for Life prize are 1 in 21. Odds of winning the top prize are approximately 1 in 5.2 million.
Win for Life is a multi-state game played in Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Win for Life will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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