Everyone dreams about taking home a lottery prize, and the coveted "cash for life" option seems like the most ideal for many people.
Charles "Chuck" Svatos had lady luck on his side when he defied the one-in-1,813,028 odds of matching five numbers, making him the third Iowan to claim the second-level Lucky for Life prize.
He had a feeling his luck was going to change after visiting the casino in Rock Island and opening two fortune cookies. One said that he would come into some wealth, and the other predicted he would take a trip.
It looks like they were both right!
Chuck now plans to travel to Hawaii and Switzerland, since he lives comfortably in a retirement home and doesn't need to spend his winnings on a new home or car.
“They’re someplace I’ve always wanted to go,” he told Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Officer Terry Rich.
Chuck spent 39 years of his life working at an Iowa City dairy before retiring and he played the lottery since it started in Iowa in 1985. The best prize he had previously claimed was $6, but that didn't stop him from dreaming about what it would be like to take home some substantial winnings.
The avid lottery player switched up his strategy and that's what lead him to the big prize.