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Brooklyn Woman Wins $1,000 a Week for Life Scratch-Off Prize

Yan Hong Wen
$1 Million
Brooklyn , Jan 29, 2019

Thirty-three-year-old Yan Hong Wen of Brooklyn has claimed the top prize of $1,000 a week for life on the popular Win $1,000 A Week for Life scratch-off game.

Wen, who only plays this game twice a year, was waiting for a pizza when she decided to try her luck.

“I scratched the ticket and saw three LIFE’s while I was waiting for the pizza to cook. I began shaking and screamed out in the store,” Wen explained.

Wen purchased her winning ticket at Pizzeria Di Mola on Avenue O in Brooklyn.  She opted to receive her prize in annual payments of $52,000.  She will receive a net check after required withholdings totaling $32,918 every year for the rest of her life.

“I plan to buy a car and put a down payment on a condo,” she said of her winnings.

As of this writing there are two outstanding top prizes available on the Win $1,000 A Week For Life ticket.  Players may check the status of any New York Lottery Scratch-off game by clicking the Instant Games Reports link at

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