Aberdeen woman claims 'Lucky for Life' lottery prize

Courtesy SD Lottery

A 23-year-old Aberdeen woman's lucky numbers paid off to the tune of $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.

South Dakota lottery officials say Brandi Jo Hanson won the Dec. 31 drawing of the "Lucky for Life" lottery game.

Hanson said she purchased her tickets from Ken's SuperFair foods in Aberdeen.

“I feel very blessed. I’m very grateful,” Hanson said, via a press release from South Dakota Lottery. “It’s life-changing. It’s a little overwhelming. I was really scared at first, and I didn’t know what to do. Now, after talking things out with my financial advisor, we have a plan.”

Hanson said she purchases lotto tickets about once a week, and when she does, she chooses her numbers based on her grandmother’s birthday, her grandfather’s birthday or their anniversary. In this instance, she chose her grandmother’s birthday.

“It makes me feel like she’s watching over me up there,” Hanson said.

Hanson had the option of choosing the $1,000 a day for the rest of her life or a one-time payment of $5.7 million. She opted for the $1,000 a day for life option.

Hanson said her mother learned the winning ticket was sold in South Dakota around three in the morning following the drawing. She contacted Hanson to check to see if she was the lucky winner.

Hanson said she is beginning to make plans for her new wealth. 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.”