(Vermont Lottery image)
(Vermont Lottery image)

BRATTLEBORO -- Either the holder of the Lucky for Life ticket drawn on April 7 doesn't realize they have in their wallet or pocketbook a winner or they are still too stunned to redeem it.

On April 8, the Vermont Lottery announced a ticket sold at Avenue Grocery hit five of the numbers, meaning the holder was guaranteed $25,000 a year for the rest of his or her life.

But as of Thursday, said Jean MacLean, the co-owner of Avenue Grocery on Western Avenue, no one has redeemed the ticket.

"I was wishing I bought it," she said. When the ticket is redeemed, MacLean said she has been told Avenue Grocery will receive $5,000 for selling it. "I want them to cash that ticket in."

The Lucky for Life lottery isn't really one of her big sellers, said MacLean, who owns the market with her sister, Judy Wisell.

"We only sold 17 tickets last week for that drawing."

The winning numbers for April 7 were 1, 2, 4, 7 and 20 and the Lucky Ball number was 7.

Courtney Bridges, web marketing and game coordinator for the Vermont Lottery said the winner of this particular ticket had the five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball.

If they had hit on the Lucky Ball as well, the ticket buyer would have won the grand prize -- $1,000 a week for the rest of their life.

"They have one year to redeem the ticket," said Bridges, adding it's not unusual for several days to pass before a winning ticket is redeemed.


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Avenue Grocery's payout is 1 percent of the lump sum payout, she said.

"This winner get $25,000 a year for a minimum of 20 years, so the 1 percent is $5,000," she said.

Bridges said whoever won the ticket should bring it to the Vermont Lottery's office in Barre at 1311 U.S. Route 302, Suite 100.

Avenue Grocery has been a lottery agent since 2006.

All profits from the Vermont Lottery are used to support the Vermont Education Fund.

Bob Audette can be reached at raudette@reformer.com, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160. Follow Bob on Twitter @audette.reformer.