Johnston County man wins $1,000 for life in NC lottery game

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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SELMA, North Carolina (WTVD) -- German Gomez of Selma is the second Lucky for Life player in North Carolina ever to win the top prize of $1,000 a day for life.

Gomez, a construction worker, said he plans to use the money to take care of his family.

Gomez purchased the winning ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 30.8 million in the March 30 drawing, at the 7th Street Marketplace on East Market Street in Smithfield.

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Winners of the Lucky for Life top prize have the option to claim it as an annuity guaranteed for the rest of the winner's life - or at least 20 years to the winner's estate or heirs. Gomez opted for a one-time lump sum and took home $3.7 million.

Since Lucky for Life tickets went on sale in North Carolina in February of last year, nine players here have won the game's second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life and 102 more have won $5,000 prizes. Lucky for Life is played in 22 states and Washington D.C. Drawings are held Mondays and Thursdays. Tickets cost $2.

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