Winning a significant lotto prize once is a fortune in itself, but for some people lighting strikes time and time again. While most play lotto for years without scooping anything worth mentioning, others manage to do it multiple times in a matter of months or even days. Few players even won several prizes in the same drawing by playing identical numbers multiple times. Winning Powerball only once would be more than enough if a gigantic $145.000.000 jackpot is the prize in question – play now and see if money will fall into your lap as it did for these serial lotto winners.
5. Virginia couple wins lotto three times in a month
Back in March last year Calvin and Zatera Spencer from Portsmouth became unexpected millionaires after they won lottery three times in one month. They won $1.000.000 in the scratch-off game, $50.000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game with ten tickets that had the same winning combination 6-6-6-6 and another $1.000.000 in a Powerball drawing.
“I haven’t seen anything like it in my 12 years here. People in the office couldn’t believe it was them when they showed up with the winning ticket,” said the Virginia lottery spokesman John Hagerty.
What the couple had to say about their incredible winning strike? “We’re not finished yet!”
4. Man wins 42 prizes by playing his birth year numbers
Unlike other people on the list, Wiley Tuley never won a seven-digit prize, but story of his lotto victory is interesting one nevertheless. The Cedar Rapids grandfather played numbers representing the year of his birth and won 42 prizes totalling to $200.000.
“I figure there’s little science to it and little luck. Just execute a plan – that’s what I did, and it worked! But it’s random, there’s no question about it,” said the winner, who snatched 32 prizes of $6.000, two prizes of $3.000 and eight prizes of $250 thanks to the numbers 1, 9, 4 and 3.
3. Statistics PhD wins lottery four times
Joan Ginther, who just happens to have a PhD in statistics from Stanford University, collected almost $21.000.000 in lotto prizes since her winning spree began in 1993. The chances of this happening are 1:18 septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years, posing the question – is it about luck at all? Las Vegas resident purchased all her winning scratch-offs in Texas; in fact three of them were bought at the same mini mart in the town of Bishop. Experts say it’s possible she could’ve used publicly available information to figure out the algorithm that determines when and where the winning tickets in each packet would arrive.
2. Six $1.000.000 Powerball tickets purchased by the same person
Winning $1.000.000 seems like a dream and this dream came true for one Arizona man not only once, but six times in a same night. Back in 2012, the Glendale resident bought six tickets with identical main numbers, but a different Power Ball and they didn’t lead him to the top prize, but he won $6.000.000 nevertheless. The anonymous winner collected his prizes over a course of three visits to Phoenix, described as “an exciting event each time” by executive director of the Arizona Lottery Jeff Hatch Miller.
“It's absolutely fantastic, and as rare as it might be, it does happen. The fact that they came three different times had to do with something only known to them and certainly not known to us,” said Miller.
1. Seven-time lottery winner Richard Lustig
The author of “Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery” Richard Lustig won lotto seven times scooping over $1.000.000 total. His first win (worth $10.000) came in 1992, just two weeks after his son was born and he used it to pay hospital bills and fix a leaky roof in his house. Ten years later, he already had four lotto wins under his belt when the fifth one came and it was the most impressive one yet – an $842.000 windfall! Lustig doesn’t believe it all comes down to sheer luck, and he follows these rules to increase the chances of winning:
- Pick your own numbers instead of buying Quick Picks.
- Research and see if your numbers have won before.
- Select your ten sets of numbers and keep those if you continue buying tickets.
- Buy as many tickets as you can afford.