Warren woman wins $390K jackpot while playing ‘Lucky for Life’ for the first time

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Warren woman wins $390K jackpot while playing ‘Lucky for Life’ for the first time
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LANSING, MI -- Shayla Kauflin will never forget the first time she played the “Lucky for Life” game as she won a jackpot worth $25,000 a year for the rest of her life on her first attempt ever.

“This ticket was the very first Lucky For Life ticket I have ever bought,” said Kauflin, 39, of Warren. “When I was purchasing my Powerball tickets online, I saw the Lucky For Life game listed and thought: ‘Why not?’ and bought $10 worth of tickets.

“I logged in to my Lottery account the next day to see if I’d won anything, and when I saw $390,000 pending, I started screaming, crying, and freaking out! I called my husband to tell him how much I’d won, and he was concerned at first because he thought something was wrong.”

Kauflin bought her tickets through the Michigan Lottery website and matched all five white numbers drawn -- 09-13-17-30-38 -- for the Oct. 9 drawing to win her prize. She elected to receive her money as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $390,000 rather than $25,000 a year for the rest of her life or 20 years, whichever is greater.

With her winnings, Kauflin plans on taking her family on a Disney vacation and investing the remainder.

“Winning is indescribable! It feels like the weight of the world has been taken off my shoulders. It may not be enough money to change the world, but it’s enough money to change my world!” Kauflin said.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

The last players from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot is the Wolverine FLL lottery club which claimed a $1.05 billion jackpot in March 2021. With their winnings, the group plans to give back to the community.

And while they were lucky winners, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Warren in 2021 went unclaimed. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.