ABERDEEN, S.D. — Brandi Jo Hanson’s lucky numbers will pay dividends to the tune of $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.
The 23-year-old Aberdeen resident claimed her life-changing prize from the South Dakota Lottery after becoming the state’s first Lucky for Life top prize winner, according to a news release from the South Dakota Lottery. Hanson purchased her ticket at Ken’s SuperFair Foods in Aberdeen prior to the Dec. 31 drawing.
“I feel very blessed. I’m very grateful,” Hanson said in the release. “It’s life-changing. It’s a little overwhelming.”
In an interview with lottery officials, Hanson said at first she entertained taking the lump-sum payout, but she soon realized the long-term payouts could be much higher. She’s consulted with a financial adviser, and they have a plan.
Most importantly, she’s hoping to give back to those closest to her.
“There’s a lot going on in my head,” said Hanson. “There’s so much I want to do. The important thing I want to do is give back to people. I have a nephew who is 9, and I want to set up a college fund for him. I have a lot of ideas.”
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