Winning ticket sold

Above is Sager’s Bar and Grill, where a winning Lucky for Life lottery ticket was recently sold. The prize winner, who has not yet been identified, will win $25,000 a year for life, or a cash equivalent.

HOLGATE — Someone recently got Lucky for Life at Sager’s Bar and Grill, but their identity remains a secret for now.

The lucky customer bought a ticket at the location for the Ohio Lottery’s Lucky for Life lottery drawing and won the second tier prize of $25,000 per year for life.

“We’re trying to figure out who it is, but we don’t know,” said Alana Salinas, an employee.

Marie Kilbane, public information officer for the Ohio Lottery, said as of right now the organization is not releasing much information on the winning ticket, such as when it was sold.

The winner has 180 days from the drawing to contact the Ohio Lottery. That can be done at one of the regional offices, with one located in Toledo at 315 Arco Drive. That office can also be reached by calling 1-800-589-6442.

Kilbane said the drawing is run through multiple states, including Ohio. The latest winning ticket will make 17 that have won that prize.

The top prize in the Lucky for Life drawing is $1,000 a day for life. Kilbane said there have been three winners of that prize over the life of the contest, of which Ohio became a part of in 2015.

“It’s a little different than the other multi state games we’re in,” Kilbane said, alluding to games like Powerball and Mega Millions, which can see winning pots reach hundreds of millions of dollars as they roll over if there are no winners.

“We thought Lucky for Life had a little bit of a different twist,” Kilbane said. “It’s not as big of a jackpot, but it’s a steady stream of revenue.”

The game requires players to match five drawn numbers, as well as a bonus ball. Winning the $25,000 a year for life prize requires matching the five normal balls, while the top prize includes those and the bonus ball.

The other prizes range from one-time payouts of $5,000 to $5.

Odds of winning the second-tier prize are 1 in 1.8 million, while the odds for the top prize are 1 in 30.8 million.

There are also cash options available to the top winning prizes.

“We encourage our winners to consult a financial advisor to make their money work for them,” Kilbane said.

She said that should be done prior to contacting the office. The back of the ticket should also be signed for security.

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