A Johnston County construction worker who purchased a winning lottery ticket that beat the odds of 1 in 30.8 million in the March 30th drawing of $1,000 a day Lucky for Life has now come forward to claim his prize.
German Gomez of Selma purchased the winning ticket at 7th Street Marketplace on East Market Street in Smithfield.
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, which has a potential value of $10 to $15 million.
Gomez, who works in construction, opted for a one-time lump sum and took home $3.7 million. He says he will use his instant wealth to take care of his family.
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.