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Fe Miller's lucky numbers had paid dividends before, but it's safe to say her most recent win is her most memorable.
The Hayes resident became the South Dakota Lottery's fifth Lucky for Life second prize winner since the game's launch in 2017. Miller's winning ticket provided her with the choice of $25,000 a year for life or the cash option of $390,000. Miller chose the cash option, noting the immediate financial security the prize brings.
"The main thing is that we can help my kids in the Philippines," Miller said. "We also have some bills that we can pay off. Money can be a bit tough right now, so this is great."
Prior to the April 17 drawing, Miller continued her routine of purchasing Lucky for Life tickets at Lynn's Dakotamart in Fort Pierre. She notes that she claimed a couple of prizes worth roughly $150 before her numbers once again proved to lucky in a big way.
"I have my own numbers that I pick every time. They are my birthday, my husband's and my kids' birthdays," Miller said. "It is easy to play, and it's only $2 to play. I love to play it. Lucky for Life is the only one I play. I started playing last year."
Miller didn't wait long before learning of her big win. She notes that she checked the winning numbers the night of the draw before giving her husband a welcomed wakeup.
"I always check my numbers on the computer at 10:15. I'm ready to go to bed, but I always want to check the winning numbers. I checked and when I read the numbers, I said that it looked the same," Miller said. "I got excited and woke up my husband. I told him we won $25,000 for life. I kept waking up at night because I was so excited."
The excitement also went beyond the Miller household. Lynn's Dakotamart in Fort Pierre is no stranger to dreams coming true through Lucky for Life. The location was also home to a Lucky for Life second prize winner in late 2017. Miller notes that the Dakotamart staff shared in her joy, and she hopes both of their luck continues.
"They are very happy," Miller said. "I will keep buying tickets there because we want to help them too. We could win again."
Lucky For Life is offered in 25 states, plus the District of Columbia. Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday. For more information on Lucky for Life, visit