What would you do if you were the one who became a winner of Lottery four times….yes I wrote four times. Incredible isn’t it! But this has happened with Joan R Ginther who became the world’s luckiest woman.
Joan R. Ginther won multiple million dollar payouts, which amounts to approximately $20 million, total. The odds of this happening are calculated to be one in eighteen septillion and that kind of luck would only come around once every quadrillion years or never. To give you a frame of reference for that staggering number, there are only 1 septillion stars in the universe. There are only 1 septillion grains of sand in the world.
She won $5.4 million, then ten years later she won $2 million, two years after that she won another 3 million and finally, in 2008, she hit a $10 million dollar jackpot.
Her winning streak came into question when a reporter for the Harper, Nathanial Rich, pointed out that she was a former math professor with a PhD in Statistics from Stanford.
Each one of Ginther’s winning tickets were purchased at the same little convenience store in her home town of Bishop, Texas…where she doesn’t live. Ginther lives in Las Vegas. The convenience store has since closed.
While certain people suspect Ginther might have figured out the algorithm which would give her an idea where the winning tickets would be dispersed, people from her little hometown think that she is just incredibly blessed.
Additionally, the Texas Lottery is so confident that there hasn’t been any tampering with their contest they stand behind her also. The Texas Lottery is a government operated lottery which is overseen by the Texas Lottery Commission and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Players must be at least 18 years old to enter and tickets must be redeemed within 180 days. Unlike most lotteries, players must choose a payment option—annuity or lump sum pay out—prior to submitting their ticket.
There are multiple theories about her wins, some say it was God, some say that she figured out the algorithm that determines where the big winning ticket is on the roll of scratch offs. But certainly the Texas Lottery has been lucky to her.