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Lucky for Life serves Rowan County man $25,000 A Year for Life for breakfast

July 24, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:13 PM

Mychael Patterson of Kannapolis was having breakfast when he learned his $2 Lucky for Life ticket beat odds of one in 1.8 million to win $25,000 A Year for Life in the June 15 drawing.

The day before the drawing, Patterson stopped at Sandy Ridge Service LLC, his usual stop for lottery tickets, and purchased a few Quick Pick tickets.

Patterson said he uses his NC Lottery Official Mobile app to check his tickets every morning when he gets up. On June 16, he decided to check his tickets over breakfast.

“When I scanned it, it said take it to the lottery headquarters,” said Patterson. “And I said, ‘Well it’s more than $100,000!’ So I went to the website and pulled up the numbers and looked at them several times. As matter of fact, I looked at them last night to make sure they hadn’t changed! It was pretty good, I’m still in awe about it.”

Patterson, who works as a truck driver, claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Winners are guaranteed $25,000 every year for life or can choose to take a lump sum of $390,000.Patterson chose the lump sum and after federal and state tax withholdings he took home $275,929.

“With the amount of money I won, I can prepare to retire,” said Patterson. “I’m still gonna work as long as I feel like working. I’ll share some of it around to different people, because I feel good about it and I’m gonna make them feel good, too.”

Lucky for Life has 10 ways to win a prize and drawings are held on Monday and Thursday nights. Patterson won the second-place prize. The top prize is $1,000 A Day for Life.


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7/27/2020 08:31 - Stacey H.

Looks like western North Carolina is just * out of luck!!!!! NC Lottery
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7/26/2020 10:53 - SABRINA R.


7/26/2020 03:55 - Barrington W.

How does the Lottery arrive at the 390,000.00 lump sum? If a 21 year old person were to win and take the yearly payout,they would receive 1,250,000.over 50 years and receive 625,000 even if taxed at 50%.NC Lottery
The difference between lump sum prizes and their larger counterparts is the estimated amount those funds would gain in interest if they were to sit in the bank for a length of time.

7/26/2020 12:37 - Michael B.


7/25/2020 11:45 - Denver G.

Way to go Mychael P. ! I am sure you were and still are feeling those "GOOD KARMA" vibes. Enjoy your winnings and your retirement.

7/25/2020 11:26 - crystal c.

Out west again.....smh Congratulations to you Mr. Patterson.

7/25/2020 10:01 - Mychael P.

Anyone has the same chance that I did, so buy your tickets and enjoy. Even if you don't win, it's for a good cause. "GOOD LUCK"!

7/25/2020 01:07 - pecolia l.


7/24/2020 02:14 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

7/24/2020 01:55 - Douglas H.

That’s going to buy a lot of yummy breakfasts Mychael !! Wonderful news!!!! Congratulations

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