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92-year-old Iowa City man wins 'Lucky for Life' lottery game

Charles Svatos bought the winning ticket for the September 25 'Lucky for Life' drawing at the Gasby's on Hawkeye Drive in North Liberty. (Photo courtesy Iowa Lottery)

A 92-year-old man is just the third Iowan to win the 'Lucky for Life' for life drawing which entitled him to $25,000 per year.

Charles Svatos bought the winning ticket for the September 25 drawing at the Gasby's on Hawkeye Drive in North Liberty.

Svatos chose to receive his prize as a lump sum of $390,000, which he plans to use to travel. His winnings ended up being $273,000 after taxes.

Players can win Lucky for Life’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life by matching all six numbers selected in one of its drawings. The game’s second prize – for matching the first five numbers but missing the Lucky Ball – is $25,000 a year for life.

The winning numbers in that night’s Lucky for Life drawing were: 14-17-19-30-48 and Lucky Ball 4.

Oddly enough, Svatos said he bought a fortune cookie last month at a casino that said, “You will discover an unexpected treasure.”

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