To family and friends, Zane Collins has always been lucky. “I’ve had friends jokingly tell me not get in a raffle or other drawings so they could win,” said Collins, of Brookings. And just when you think someone can be only so lucky, Collins wins the Lottery’s Win for Life game’s $1,000 a week for life top prize not once, but twice!
Collins plays Win for Life regularly. Part of his strategy is to buy two tickets with the same set of numbers for the top prize. “I thought that if I win once, it’s way better to win twice,” said Collins when he claimed his prizes at Lottery headquarters in Salem on July 29.
With his double win, Collins becomes the Oregon Lottery’s 47th Win for Life top prize winner since the game began in May 2009.
Collins, who plans to help his two daughters with their nursing school expenses, chose the annuity option for his two prizes. After taxes, he will receive two checks each year for as long he lives totaling nearly $70,000.
The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Source: Oregon Lottery