Wednesday, August 18, 2010

He Won $5,000 a Month for Life!

It may not sound like a ton, but I would certainly take an extra $60,000 a year. This man won $5,000 per month for the rest of his life, an he's only 27. He won the lottery prize on the Connecticut Lottery "Win for Life" scratch card series. Here's the story from the Stamford Advocate.

Stamford man a lifetime lottery winner

STAMFORD -- If you're going to win a contest called Win For Life, it doesn't hurt to start collecting the winnings before turning 30.

Andre Bryant, 27, recently became the 50th winner in the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s Win For Life series. Bryant will receive $5,000 a month for the rest of his life, which translates to $3,426 a month after taxes.

"I feel blessed. It really hasn't hit me yet," said Bryant, who lives in Stamford.

Bryant said he went to Richmond Hill Mini Market to purchase lotto tickets before heading to Cut Masters Barbershop, also on Richmond Hill Avenue. He bought three Win For Life and five Mega Money game cards.

"I just happened to go in and get some tickets to see what my luck would bring," said Bryant, who works at Whole Foods in Darien, where he does maintenance.

After scratching off one of the Win for Life tickets, revealing the letters W and I, Bryant said he screamed because he knew he had won.

Diane Patterson, director of communication with Connecticut Lottery Corp. in Rocky Hill, described winning the Win For Life ticket as "a life-altering experience."

"Win For Life is really unique because it's wholly determined by a person's longevity. Most games if you win the top prize, that's it," Patterson said.

Patterson said the Win For Life series paid $500 a week when it started in 1998. Over time, the prize structure for the series has changed. Patterson said the minimum payout for the Win For Life program is $1 million to each winner.

"If someone passes that one million dollars, which isn't to hard to do, we'll continue to make payments," Patterson said.

Bryant said he has plans for what he will do with the money.

"As of right now, I want to save, save, save. Eventually, I'd like to buy a house for my mother and take care of her," Bryant said. Read the full story...

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