July 13, 2010
lottery winner - Joan Ginther sets world record
BISHOP, Texas, USA -- Joan Ginter, 63, has
scooped prizes worth more than £14million in a 17-year run
of good luck , setting the world record for the Luckiest
Since 1993, the 63-year-old woman has won
four windfalls on the Texas Lottery, each time winning more
than $1 million for a total of $20.4 million.
Ginther’s first windfall came 17 years ago,
when she won $5.4 million in a “Lotto Texas” game. She opted
to have that sum paid out annually over 19 years.
The most recent win that has everyone talking:
$10 million in a scratch-off game called “$140,000,000 Extreme
Payout.” Her odds of winning were 1 in 1.2 million.
Her latest lotto success brings her
total winnings to over $20 million.
Joan lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, but
plays the Texas state lottery when she returns to her home
state to visit her dad. She bought three of her winning tickets
at the same convenience store in the small town of Bishop.
Not only has each ticket been bought in
Texas; two of the tickets have been bought in the same store,
right in Bishop, Ginther’s town of birth where neighbors say
she comes back every so often to visit her father and, apparently,
try her luck.
“This is a very lucky store,” Bob Solis, the
manager of Times Store, told the Corpus Christi, Tex.,-based
Caller Times as news about the most recent win. The owner
said the store sells an average of 1,000 tickets a day.
Bobby Heith, of the Texas lottery, said:
"We've had multiple winners before but she's obviously been
born under a lucky star."
Luckiest lottery winner requested minimal publicity,
according to the Texas lottery commission, and has not given
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July 13, 2010