Local man claims winning Lucky For Life ticket - WNEM TV 5

Local man claims winning Lucky For Life ticket

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

After hearing that a winning Lucky For Life ticket was purchased at his favorite store, a Bay City man waited a few days before checking the numbers.

The ticket, worth $25,000 a year was bought at the Riverview Party Store, located at 3885 Kawkawlin River Drive in Bay City.

Robert Carmona, 47, first heard the news of a winning ticket from his wife Becky.

“When she told me that, I thought: ‘What are the chances?’” Carmona said. “I really didn’t think there was any chance I had the winner.”

Carmona waited a couple of days before looking at the numbers, but when he saw his ticket matched the five white balls, he had to convince his wife he was the winner.

 “I looked at the ticket over and over and over again,” said Carmona. “When I told Becky that I did have the winning ticket, she kept telling me to stop joking with her. When she finally saw it for herself, she was shocked and incredibly excited!”

The couple claimed their prize on Wednesday. Choosing a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

The other option would have been payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater.

Carmona says he plans to start college funds for his three daughters, and invest the remainder.

This is the eighth time that a Michigan winner has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

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