Kind lottery winner granddad, 85, gifts entire £19,000-a-year prize to granddaughter studying to become teacher


A KIND granddad who won the lottery has gifted his entire prize to his granddaughter to help fund her studies. 

Peter Beckage, 85, scooped the Lucky For Life draw – which guarantees a prize of $25,000-a-year (£19,000) for life.

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Peter Beckage with his dranddaughter Kelly Thomas, who will get $25,000 a year for life as a gift from her grandpa[/caption]

He bought the ticket on April 15 – a day before he enjoyed a pancake breakfast with beloved granddaughter Kelly Thomas in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Peter then stayed up late to watch the lottery draw – and was amazed to find that he had won.

He told WECT: “When I got all five (white balls), I couldn’t believe it.

“I had a hard time getting back to sleep I was so excited.”


Astonished Peter texted his daughter to tell her the good news – but she was out volunteering so didn’t immediately find out.

It was only when she returned home that he told her of his amazing win.

Beaming Peter greeted his granddaughter by saying: “Kelly, how would you like to have $25,000 a year for the rest of your life.”

A stunned Kelly replied: “Oh my gosh Grandpa, did you win the lottery?”

To be able to focus on something I’m passionate about, thanks to my grandpa, is an amazing gift

Kelly ThomasGranddaughter

The happy pair travelled to the North Carolina lottery HQ in Raleigh to claim their prize on Wednesday.

Winners of the Lucky For Life jackpot have the choice of either $25,000 a year for life or a $390,000 (£302,000) lump sum.

And doting granddad Peter chose the annual payments – so he could gift it to his young granddaughter.

Kelly, who will receive $17,688 (£13,700) a year after taxes, plans to use the money to help her study to become a teacher.

She said: “To be able to focus on something I’m passionate about, thanks to my grandpa, is an amazing gift.

“I’ve always dreamed of being a Catholic school teacher and helping people.

“This money makes it possible for me.”

Overjoyed grandfather Thomas said: “I knew if I ever won anything big, I would share it.

“I’m happy with the little wins, and I’m so happy this is a gift I can give to her.”


Peter, 85, said he was stunned when his numbers came up (stock image)[/caption]


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