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‘It feels like a dream,’ school bus driver says of $25,000 A Year For Life prize

March 3, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:55 AM

Alex Jasinski of Bailey checks his e-mail every morning before work, but this time, sitting in his in-box, was a message telling him he’d won a $25,000 A Year For Life Lucky For Life prize.

“When I saw it I couldn’t believe it,” said Jasinski, a school bus driver for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. “I did a double take and thought, ‘What? Huh? Is this for real?’’’

Jasinski bought the $2 ticket for Thursday’s drawing on the lottery’s website using Online Play.

“I wasn’t going to play Lucky For Life,” Jasinski said. “I just had a feeling I should. To be honest, I never thought I was going to win. It feels like a dream. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up.” 

Jasinski claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of getting $25,000 a year every year for the rest of his life or a lump sum of $390,000. He chose the lump sum and after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $274,954. He called the prize “life changing”, and said he plans to use some of the money to pay bills.

“I’m ready to start a bright future,” Jasinski said.

The Lucky For Life ticket beat odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 A Year For Life. So far, two North Carolinians have won the top prize, $1,000 A Day For Life, and 15 have won the second prize. There are 10 ways to win a prize playing Lucky For Life.

Players can purchase Lucky For Life tickets at their favorite retail location, or on the lottery’s website. When players use Online Play, they can buy tickets for Cash 5, Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky For Life.

Ticket sales from games like Lucky For Life make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education.



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3/07/2018 06:08 - shirley b.

Tell for a quad NC

3/07/2018 08:34 - Maurice H.

Bless you

3/05/2018 01:56 - Kimberley L.

Congratulations! I tried to setup my information for online play but I can’t seem to get pass entering my banking information. I keep getting my card declined when there are funds available. Is there a minimum amount to start playing online? NC Lottery
Hi Kimberley- We're glad you're going to start taking part in Online Play. If you call 1-855-767-1863 someone should be able to help you figure out what's going on.

3/05/2018 12:59 - Tabatha P.

I play online daily and I have won no more than $6.00 on a ticket. I wish my luck would come sooner rather than later.

3/05/2018 07:22 - JEWEL B.

Congratulations to you Alex ~ I wish you the best in all that you do and may your winnings manifest much more prosperity... Be Blissed...

3/05/2018 01:28 - Patricia B.

Congratulations my turn soon hopefully

3/04/2018 11:00 - Adrian B.

Congratulations, specific instructions on what to do when you win a major prize online would be helpful. Special forms? What do you print, etc... NC Lottery
Hi Adrian! When you use Online Play and win a prize that needs to be claimed at a claim center, you'll receive an email notifying you that you won. You'll need to print that email and bring it with you to a claim center. You'll also need to make sure you have the necessary forms of ID. You can see what those are here:

3/04/2018 02:04 - Maurio H.

Congrats Alex my turn next.

3/04/2018 09:43 - Kelly H.

I hit 4 plus the lucky ball I just needed number 15 and I chose 14 dang it 200 is cool tho

3/04/2018 08:37 - William A.

I buy all my tickets online to. I have hit 4 numbers on the powerball twice. Won $200.00 and $300.00. The first time I left it in my account and played it up fast! The Second time they sent me a check lasted a lot longer that way!

3/04/2018 07:29 - Crystal M.

Congratulations to Alex! It’s an awesome win and a true blessing from The Lord! I have a question. I buy my tickets online if I forget to buy them while I’m out. If one does win more than 600 dollars online, what do you take to the claim center to prove you won? A copy of the email stating you won? Please advise. Thank you ?? NC Lottery
When you win $600 or more, you will receive an email regarding your winnings with instructions on how to file a Claim Form.

3/03/2018 07:11 - Louis S.

I play online almost everyday for Cash 5, PB, Mega, and Lucky for life and never win more than $4

3/03/2018 06:31 - Parenthia G.

Congratulations and best wishes!

3/03/2018 03:02 - BETTIE G.

let it be me next time

3/03/2018 02:50 - Jennifer W.

Congratulation?????? Mr. Jasinski I will play on line

3/03/2018 01:50 - Deborah J.

Congrats from a Veteran School Bus Driver from Ny ..

3/03/2018 01:39 - Sethwind R.

Where does NCEL find their paid actors? There is obvious no prizes in the Western part of the state.

3/03/2018 01:27 - Gregory F.

Congratulations to Alex God has Blessed you tremendously.waiting on my blessing.

3/03/2018 09:18 - Sabrina S.

Congrats Alex!!!!

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