In an exceptionally fortunate turn of events, an 18-year-old teenager from Florida recently bagged the top prize for the state lottery that will provide her a sum of $26,000 every single year as long as she lives! The lucky winner of the scratch off lottery called the ‘$500 a Week for Life’, Daniela Leon Ruz, chose not to receive her cash prize in a lump sum amount of $410,000, and will, therefore, receive the amount in annual installments of $26,000 every year.
As reported in a press release conducted by the Florida Lottery, the teenager will continue to receive the annual payments for a minimum time period of 20 years or as long as she lives. If something untoward were to happen to Ruz, her estate will continue to receive the winning amount for the duration stated.
In a bid to try out her luck, Ruz had purchased the Florida Lottery scratch off ticket for a single buck last week from a local grocery store known as Publix, in Orlando. Although her probability of winning the lottery’s top prize was nearly one in over six million, it was Ruz’s extraordinary luck that rendered her the very first winner of the prize in this Florida Lottery season that commenced on July 3rd.
A few days after Ruz celebrated her '$500 a Week for Life' victory, another resident of Florida named Joseph Torraco III won a '$5000 a Week for Life' scratch ticket in a similar lottery that was also introduced on July 3rd. Refusing to accept the lump sum amount in one go, the 40-year-old Torraco also settled for annual payments worth $260,000 for the next two decades.
While it is still unclear as to what these lucky winners will do with all the extra prize money they receive every year, it has been found that most people typically go about with their normal routines even after they have witnessed a massive triumph in a lottery. According to a survey conducted by Gallup in 2013, it was reported that while nearly 68% of the people said that they would continue with their jobs even if they end up winning a lottery worth as much as $10 million, a mere 31% were willing to quit their jobs and live off their prize money.