Most of us play the UK lottery draw, European prize draw or one of the global international lotteries hoping to win a prize. But 72-year-old Melvyn Wilson of Woodbridge, Virginia in the USA has just won his fourth major lottery win.
In 2005, Mr. Wilson won three prizes of $500,000, $25,000 and £1 million in just 10 months. Not surprisingly he then retired from his job as a postal worker – but he carried on playing the lottery. Incredibly he has just won another $500,000: his total winnings are now $2.025 million.
The odds of winning a jackpot can be calculated, but the chances of winning four such prizes are totally unknown.
Interestingly, the $2 million jackpot for the last Virginia state draw has yet to be claimed.
Mr. Wilson is keeping his intentions close to his chest but, when he was asked on what he will spend the money, he just said: “I invest in Melvyn.”
There has been one previous four-time lottery winner; Joan Ginther, a professor at Stanford University, California won $21 million from four jackpots between 1993 to 2010.
It seems it is worth playing the lottery even if you have already won a prize!