Joan Ginther may just be the luckiest woman on the planet. Most of us would feel lucky to win the lottery once, but what if you won it FOUR times?
Last week, the Las Vegas woman won over $1 million in the Texas lottery for the fourth time. She won the grand prize of $10 million on a $50 scratch-off ticket she purchased in Bishop, Texas.
The odds of her actually winning the jackpot were 1 in 1.2 million and this is her largest prize yet.
Get this – of her four lottery wins, three of them have come from lottery tickets she purchased in Bishop – and two of THOSE three tickets were bought at the Times Market.
What exactly are the odds for four multi-million-dollar lottery jackpots? Michael Starbird, a University of Texas at Austin math professor, says this about the odds of a four-time winner: “It’s pretty astronomical…She should quit, incidentally.”
Ginther’s lucky streak started in 1993 when she won $5.4 million in the “Lotto Texas” game. Her next big win was in 2006 in the “Holiday Millionaire” game, netting her $2 million.
In 2008, Ginther then bought a winning “Millions and Millions” scratch-off ticket, netting her a cool $3 million.
Ginther opted to get her first prize annually over the course of the next 19 years. The following jackpots were all lump sum payouts. This latest jackpot will come to around $7.5 million after taxes.
NOTE: Maybe the Large Hadron Collider really IS working. We now have a time traveler gaming the lottery system!
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