A scratch off lottery ticket given to a college graduate as a token gift to say congratulations has set her up for life with a jackpot win.
The 22-year-old was given the “Win for Life” scratch off ticket by her father, to say well done for finishing four years of college, and when she scratched it off she realised that it had won her $2,000 a month for the rest of her life. That winner was Anissa Dellaripa, from South Windsor, Connecticut, who just finished her four-year Associate’s Degree in June. Recently a college student from Ontario in Canada won over $68,000 on the Lotto 649 with a ticket given to him on his birthday, while a university graduate from the UK was able to pay off all of his student loans when he won $1 million on the EuroMillions.
“My dad often buys me scratch tickets for fun,” Ms Dellaripa told Connecticut Lottery officials. “He gave me this one and said, ‘Here, scratch it.’” Her father bought the ticket, which was one of the lower costing tickets available in Connecticut, without really giving it much thought, and the lucky winner said that she went off to her bedroom to scratch it. Another Connecticut lottery player won big with a CT Super Draw Lottery ticket given to him as a gift from his employees.
“I went to my room, scratched the ticket, and couldn’t believe it when I saw the ‘WIN FOR LIFE’ prize symbol,” the scratch off winner explained, continuing to say that she did wonder for a few minutes if her dad had given her a fake lottery ticket as a joke. “But I really won!” she exclaimed. The wife of a Lotto Max winner from Québec in Canada thought he was joking when he told her he’d won $10 million.
The 22-year-old winner elected to take the ‘for life’ option instead of a lump sum prize, and so she will receive a $2,000 payment every month for the rest of her life. “It’s a lot of money for me because I’m so young,” she said. “This prize will help me to go back to school for my bachelor’s degree.” A Lotto 649 winner from Québec in Canada decided to go back to school when he won $33 million on the national game.
The lucky winner continued to say that the scratch off prize is a gift that her father will leave her with for the rest of her life.
Feeling lucky? Purchase your tickets online at Lottery24.com.