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Lottery: Landscaper wins $5,000 a month for life in Englewood

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Victor F. won a $5,000 per month for life lottery at an Englewood food store. (Photo: New Jersey Lottery)

Note: The New Jersey Lottery previously announced the prize as $5,000 per week. The NJ Lottery sent a corrected release of $5,000 per month.

A New York landscaper had luck on his side when he won $5,000 a month for life at an Englewood store, the New Jersey Lottery announced Friday.

The winner identified only as Victor F. bought some scratch-off tickets at K.N.T. Food Store on West Hudson Avenue while he was there to buy water. He waited until he got to work to start scratching, and his friend helped him realize he won.

Victor said he may use the money to take a trip and then start investing, according to the New Jersey Lottery. Though he did not play before his win Victor intends to participate in the lottery again.

Once he won, one of his first calls was to his sister, who accompanied him to claim his prize.

A New York landscaper had luck on his side when he won $5,000 a month for life at an Englewood store, the New Jersey Lottery announced Friday.

Bridgeport Man Wins “$5,000 A MONTH FOR LIFE” Lottery Prize

By CT Lottery , Neighbor
Sep 10, 2012 5:56 p m ET

Thinking that something was “wrong” with his CT Lottery “Win for Life Edition 18” instant ticket, because he didn’t see a prize amount in dollars listed below his matching number, 27, Emmanuel Howell of Bridgeport put his ticket aside for a bit. Coming back to it a short while later, Howell looked at the ticket again, this time more closely, and re-read the words printed below his number match, “WIN FOR LIFE.”

“When it occurred to me that I might have won the Win for Life top prize ($5,000 a month for life), I was hoping that it wasn’t bogus,” Howell told lottery officials with a quiet chuckle. “I mean, I always played to win this prize, but you never expect it.”

Win for Life is one of the CT Lottery’s most popular instant games offered, because the value of its top prize is based on the longevity of its winners. The top prize will provide Howell $5,000 a month, every month, for the rest of his life.

Howell arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill this morning where his top prize ticket was officially confirmed a winner. “I felt elated,” Howell told Lottery officials. “It finally seemed real after that.”

Accepting his first of many monthly prize checks for $3,416 (value after taxes), Howell didn’t expect his life to change much, except to be able to make some improvements to his home and to take more frequent vacations to visit his family.

For selling Howell his top prize winning Win for Life Edition 18 ticket, Stop & Shop, located at 200 E. Main Street in Stratford, will receive a $10,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

The Win for Life series was introduced into the CT Lottery portfolio in January 1998. The current game has a top prize of $5,000 a month for life with a guaranteed minimum payout of at least $1 million. The overall chances of winning a prize in the $3 instant game Win for Life, Edition 18 are 1 in 4.19. Of the 5 top prizes in the game, 3 remain to be claimed.

Release Date: September 10, 2012
Release #: 097w-winforlife-howell

Contact: Linda Tarnowski (860) 713-2701
Contact: Valerie Lamb (860) 713-2702

Bridgeport Man Wins "$5,000 A MONTH FOR LIFE" Lottery Prize – Stratford, CT –