MI (STL.News) A Detroit business owner is looking forward to an early retirement after winning $1,000 a day for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.
Roderick Slaughter, of Detroit, matched the five white balls and the Lucky ball – 07-09-15-31-39 LB: 01 – in the Feb. 11 drawing to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I usually play the Lotto 47 game but decided to try out the Lucky for Life game,” said Slaughter. “I grabbed my phone the morning after the drawing to check my ticket and couldn’t believe it when I realized I had won. I woke my wife up right away saying: ‘Is this real?!’
“You play the Lottery with the intent to win, but never expect it, so I was in disbelief. I had to convince myself that I had really won,” said Slaughter.
Slaughter visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $5.75 million rather than annual payments of $365,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.
With his winnings, he plans to retire early, invest, and establish a legacy fund for his grandkid’s education.