Do you play the lottery? Some play it consistently, part of their lifestyle. Then there are many who wouldn't spend a dime on the lottery - "spend-thrifts" the friendly name for these folks. I can see both sides,  watching your money like a hawk especially lately during these crazy, awful economic COVID-19 days, on the other side of the coin are the dreamers. The people that play the same numbers once or twice a week for years, hoping for that one day when all the stars align, and all their numbers magically appear - and that's exactly what happened just a couple of days ago - in Jamestown.

Someone has had their gravy train ( a term used to refer to a situation where someone can make a lot of money for very little effort ) finally arrive at the station. KFYRTV reported that the ticket was sold at Neighborhood Grocery and Gas, 1014 17th St. SW, in Jamestown. No one at this time has come forth to contact the lottery office to claim their prize. How does this sound? $25,000 a year for LIFE! The director of the North Dakota Lottery says this is the eighth $25,000 a year for life winner in the state and the second this year. 

The fact that someone hasn't stepped forth with their ticket yet is not a surprise, some people play it smart, they lay low and hire a "lottery lawyer". Also, don't forget about our friends from the IRS. In North Dakota, Federal income tax of 24% and State income tax of 2.90% is withheld from any prize over $5,000. Other IRS withholding provisions may apply. The winner has 180 days since the day of the drawing to claim her or his prize. In case you are interested here are the winning numbers from Monday - 22, 24, 33, 42, 45, and the Lucky Ball was 5.


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