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Michigan woman plays same lottery numbers 'for years,' wins jackpot

Brenda Walker, of Canton, Mich., said the numbers that earned her a lottery prize of $25,000 a year for life were the same numbers she has been using to play the lottery "for years." Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery
Brenda Walker, of Canton, Mich., said the numbers that earned her a lottery prize of $25,000 a year for life were the same numbers she has been using to play the lottery "for years." Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman said she called a state lottery hotline after a drawing and immediately realized the digits that scored a prize of $25,000 for life were the lucky numbers she has used "for years."

Brenda Walker, 77, of Canton, told Michigan Lottery officials she bought a Lucky for Life ticket from the Canton Mini Mart and she called the lottery hotline the day after the Nov. 27 drawing to hear the results.

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"I've played a special set of numbers made up of birth dates and other special dates for years," said Walker. "Every night after the drawing I call the winning numbers hotline and check my ticket.

"When the numbers were read off, I recognized them right away and had to press the repeat option a few times to make sure I was hearing right."

Walker matched all five white balls from the drawing: 02-06-07-11-19. The numbers earned her a prize of $25,000 a year for life.

"When it finally sank in, I jumped up in excitement and was filled with a warm, happy, and excited feeling. I am so thankful for this prize," Walker said.

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Walker chose to receive her prize as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $390,000.

She said some of the winnings will go toward buying a new car.

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