Multiple Lottery winners
“When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later.”
—A professor at the Institute of the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming, The University of Nevada, Reno (Quigley 2011)
“Luck has absolutely nothing to do with it… How can anybody in their right mind say this guy’s won seven times he’s just a lucky guy? Come on. Nobody can be that lucky.”
—7-Time Lottery winner Richard Lustig (Sieczkowski 2012)
Indeed, whenever one hears of multiple lottery winners, the wheels begin turning and people wonder: what do they know that I do not? Some just claim plain luck. It doesn’t seem to be completely the case for others, however. Consider the tales of the following multiple lottery winners, who are either claiming to have had more than luck on their side, or who are sharing their tips for winning, or who seem to be just a little too ‘lucky’ for that to be the only contributing factor to their winnings:
The Luckiest / Smartest Woman in America: Joan R. Githner
Joan R. Githner, a 63-year old from Texas, had justifiably been called the luckiest woman in the world for winning the lottery four times, each time being a mulit-million dollar payout: the first time, she won $5.4 million. The second time, she won $2 million ten years later. Two years after that was the third win, for $3 million. And then in the summer of 2010, she landed a cool, $10 million jackpot (Quigley 2011). The odds of a true phenomenon like Joan R. Githner’s wins? One in eighteen septillion… a luck that is said to come only once every quadrillion years (Ibid). While these odds already seem unimaginable, let us illustrate what these numbers could mean and exactly how large they are: “… there are only one septillion stars in the universe, and one septillion grains of sand on Earth” (Blakeley 2011).
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What do you think of multiple time lottery winners?
There was a stanford math graduate and math professor who won the lottery 4 times over the course of 15 years and there was a black guy in his late 20's whose won the same lottery twice and won three other smaller lotteries once.
How do you explain this? I doubt that a stanford math professor would believe in psychics.
That's completely within the realm of random chance. The lottery system is only concerned about what numbers are generated, not about who buys the numbers.