The odds of winning the lottery twice – September 26th, 2012
All lottery fans dream of getting all their lotto numbers right and taking home a massive windfall, but for some extraordinary individuals, lightning can strike more than once.
The odds of winning the lottery twice in one lifetime are very slight – 5.4 trillion to one, according to Emirates 24/7 – and yet it does happen. So, here is a look at a few of the surprisingly fortunate people and families who have taken home two or more big lottery prizes.
Karen and John Ord
In June of this year, Karen and John Ord both won nearly £100,000 each in the same UK National Lottery draw.
How did it happen? The Gateshead couple regularly use a series of their favourite numbers and it just so happened that in one particular draw, they had both bought lotto tickets and used their trusty lucky digits, entitling them to a massive secondary prize apiece.
Virginia Pike from Berryville Virginia made the headlines this week after she won a cool $1 million prize twice in the same day playing the USA Powerball lottery.
Just like the Ords, Ms Pike had two slips matching five of the number entitling her to two second-tier payouts, giving her a total of $2 million in prize money.
The Oksnes family
For one household in Norway, lightning struck twice and then struck again, as three members of the Oksnes family have landed lottery windfalls.
Tord Oksnes – who is 19 – won 12.2 million krone (£1.3 million, $2.1 million) playing the Nordic country’s national lottery this month, but before him his 26-year-old sister Hege Jeanette scooped £882,000 in 2010 and their father Leif landed £441,000 in 2006.
The Montpellier Millionaire
According to Emirates 24/7, one anonymous lottery fan from Montpellier has won the jackpot twice and bafflingly, he has achieved this by using the very same sequence of numbers.
His first France Loto win was back in 1996, when he took home a €2.8 million fortune, but old habits die hard and the lucky Frenchman continued to play his favourite numbers, leading to a second win of €3 million.