Win For Life lotto tickets first went on sale on February 26, 2006 after the Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia state lotteries all got together in order to create the game. In some areas the game replaced Lotto South and guaranteed winners of the grand prize $1,000 every week for life.
This novel concept soon caught the imagination of lottery players, with many keeping an eye out for Win For Life results. When the Win For Life lottery says that you receive $1,000 for every week of your life, that's exactly what they mean, as rather than having a certain number of instalments spread out a set amount of years, the payments continue until you die. Not a particularly pleasant thought but one that would certainly be eased by $1,000 a week.
As well as the grand prize of $1,000 per week for life, the lottery also hands out a prize of $1,000 per week for a year as well as plenty other cash prizes. Drawings take place on Saturday and Wednesday nights and players are asked to select six numbers from 1 to 42 in order to play. Quick Pick features can also be used allowing players to have their numbers randomly selected.
Following the creation of Win For Life, players didn't have to wait long for the grand prize to be handed out. On February 28, 2006, just two days after the game began Barbara Arens from Clearwater won big and as a result is receiving $1,000 for the rest of her life.