Luckiest Person In The World: Texas Woman Has Won Lottery 4 Times, Totaling $20.4 Million [Video]

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The luckiest person in the world?

Look no farther than Joan Ginther, at least when it comes to winning the lottery.

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.

The most recent win that has everyone talking: $10 million in a scratch-off game called “$140,000,000 Extreme Payout.”

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 began to circulate Friday. The owner said the store sells an average of 1,000 tickets a day.

4 Texas Lottery wins, $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 remaining wins came from scratch-off tickets.

In 2006 and in 2008, Ginther won two separate games that brought in a total of $5 million. She asked for both of those sums to be paid out in lump.

The most recent win, which officials estimate will hover at around $7.5 million after taxes, will also be paid out in lump sum.

The revelation of Ginther’s rather miraculous streak of luck over the last 17 years has garnered international attention – and wonder – over the past few days.

“This final bit of winning lottery must confirm Mrs. Ginther as the world’s luckiest lottery winner,” World Lottery News said in a statement.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that the odds of winning four lottery jackpots is more than 200 million to 1.

Elusive winner 'born under a lucky star'
And as for the woman behind the massive checks from Texas Lottery?

It seems Ginther is almost as elusive as the mystery to her winning ways. Ginther has requested minimal publicity from the Texas Lottery and has not returned any phone calls to any media outlets that have reached out to her since last Friday.

Public records reveal, however, that she currently lives in Las Vegas, Nev., and neighbors have told several media outlets that she returns home to see her father in Bishop, Tex., where she frequently stops in to Times Store to buy a lottery ticket.

“It’s incredible for the store owner,” Texas Lotto Director Bobby Heith told the Caller Times. “Most of our 16,000 retail stores have never sold a winning ticket.”

The store itself will get $10,000 for selling the most recent winning ticket.

Regardless of who Ginther is or how she is able to to pick ’em, Heith told the Caller Times that one thing was clear. “She’s obviously been born under a lucky star.”

Source: MSNBC

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Comment by Coogie'YO,CheckSubliminalThugizm on July 8, 2010 at 7:00pm
Some type s*** I just don't believe
Comment by Dubb on July 8, 2010 at 1:15am
DAMN. I wanna rub shoulders with her !!!
Comment by Justin T. Poindexter on July 7, 2010 at 11:54pm
she is cheating..
Comment by international a****** on July 7, 2010 at 11:54pm
thats f****** awesome. i'd be pumped if i won a grand
Comment by Darryl Hall on July 7, 2010 at 11:50pm
I bet the IRS want a piece of her a**.
Comment by Bryant on July 7, 2010 at 10:58pm
damn why that couldnt be me... f*** i need some luck...
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on July 7, 2010 at 10:17pm
always take tha 26 annual payments iss betta for you...NEVER TAKE THA LUMP SUM you get less....
tha annual payments helps you not spend it all so fast...thazz what i done when i won...when you take tha lump sum you get way less afta taxes....

in fack tha lottery commission will let you switch from annual payment to lump sum BUT they will NOT let you switch from lump sum to annual payments...if you select lump sum payments first you dead money.. take annual payments and you get more cos iss stretched out like a ho twot. plus if you want that lump they will switch it for you cos it benefits them to pay you less in a lump sum! take my advice so when you win big like i done you could know!
Comment by sumi on July 7, 2010 at 9:38pm
we should rob this chick
Comment by URKILLER on July 7, 2010 at 9:32pm
This has nuthin to do with greed you f***** haters. It's probability it's her money she can spend it how she want. It's a shame when you hate in someone that hit the lotto'
Comment by Tanisha on July 7, 2010 at 8:49pm
greedy b****, y the f** wud u keep enterin after u won already



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