A Virginia couple wins lottery. Then a Virginia couple wins the lottery. And then, believe it or not, a Virginia couple wins the lottery. The trifecta win belongs, not to three couples, but one, who implausibly hit it big (times three).
Says NBC News on March 31 (So no, the story can’t be an April 1 Fool’s Day joke):
One Virginia couple is having the best month ever. Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth won the lottery three times in two weeks, taking home more than $2 million.
The third time was the charm for this now-rich couple, though the first and second times around weren’t too bad either.
On March 12, the longtime lottery players won $1 million in their state’s Powerball drawing. A few weeks later, and with plenty of extra cash to keep playing, the Spencers played the number 6-6-6-6, ten times, in the Virginia Lottery Pick 4 game.
Incredibly, four balls with the number 6 rolled out, giving the Spencers 10 winnings worth $5,000 each.
Riding the high, and with some scratch fever, Calvin purchased a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza scratch-off ticket from a 7-Eleven. He won a second million, upping their earnings to over $2 million. Not bad for one week.
“Baby, we did it again,” Spencer said to his wife after the second, and third winnings.
As you might guess, the couple isn’t done. “We’re not finished yet,” Spencer said as he claimed his prizes.
The Los Angles Times spoke to Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty, who gave some statistical probabilities of the Spencer’s big win.
“I’ve been here for 12 years,” Hagerty said. “And this is the first time I’ve seen someone win three major prizes within such a short period of time.”
According to Hagerty, the odds of winning the first Powerball drawing were 1 in 5,153,633 – higher than the odds of getting zapped with a bolt of lightning. The odds of then matching four numbers in the Pick 4 game were 1 in 10,000. And the scratch off win? Winning the $1 million prize was a 1 in 836,000 shot.