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Wake County man “did that happy dance” after $25,000 a year for life win

September 20, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:50 AM

Kenneth Kiriazes of Zebulon bought a Lucky for Life ticket about a month ago, left it in his truck and, after finally checking it Sunday, was stunned to find a $25,000 a year for life prize waiting for him.

“I did that happy dance,” Kiriazes said. “Something like this is a blessing.”

Kiriazes, 64, bought his lucky $2 Quick Pick ticket for the Aug. 23 drawing from Swift Mart on Marshburn Road in Wendell.

“I was stunned,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep last night.”

A big fan of fishing, Kiriazes said he wants to put some of his winnings toward a fishing trip.

“I’m planning a Key West trip for April to do some fishing down there,” he said.

Kiriazes claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Monday and had the choice of receiving $25,000 a year each year for the rest of his life or a $390,000 lump sum. He chose the lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $276,990.

In addition to his fishing trip, he said he wants to put a new back deck on his house.

Kiriazes won his prize by matching all five white balls in the drawing. The odds of winning the $25,000 a year for life prize are 1 in 1,813,028.

Lucky for Life is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Lucky for Life tickets are $2 and drawings are held every night.


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9/25/2022 03:08 - Natalie R.


9/25/2022 03:06 - Rev. Mary P.

what were the winning numbers?NC Lottery
Hi Mary, the numbers for the August 23 drawing were 4, 5, 21, 27, 48, and the Lucky Ball was 4. This player matched all five white balls to win $25,000 a year for life!

9/21/2022 11:57 - Derrick S.

How many entries were there in the last Oh my stars 200x second chance drawing ?NC Lottery
Hi, Derrick! We've received 895,958 entries so far for our 2nd 200X The Cash second chance drawing. Good luck!

9/20/2022 02:23 - Sabrina D S.


9/20/2022 12:23 - Anita A.

Wow! That’s a big “fish”!

9/20/2022 11:22 - Denver G.

With last nights pic3 being 484 w/fb4 anybody playing trip 4s would have won either $90 or $180, Right?NC Lottery
Hi Denver, that is correct. Anyone playing "4-4-4" with the Fireball add-on in last night's drawing would have won by matching one of the Fireball winning combinations.

9/20/2022 10:51 - roberta n.

Congratulations, Enjoy that wonderful blessing. Have fun on your well deserved fishing trip and that new deck.

9/20/2022 10:28 - stephane d.

Congrats brother.

9/20/2022 10:01 - Gwendolyn C.

Congratulations Kenneth and enjoy your win.

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