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Woman Fighting Cancer Wins The Lottery Twice
According to media reports Friday, a North Carolina woman who has been fighting breast cancer for 6 years has won the lottery for the second time in less than three months.
“We’re still in disbelief mode,” lottery winner Gina Short told WCSH.
According to PEOPLE, Gina and her husband Len Short beat 1 in 2.7 million odds to win the top All or Nothing prize of $250,000. She told the news station that she asked her husband to buy a ticket a few weeks back when she was “feeling lucky.”
Still, the couple couldn’t believe it when Gina’s numbers were called on April 29. “We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it,” Gina said.
The win was made even more unbelievable by the fact that the Gina won the lottery just two months earlier. In February, Gina won $1 million in the Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing.
When Gina learned about her first lottery win, she collapsed in shock on the floor as confetti rained down on her and her husband at the lottery’s regional office.
The Mecklenburg County woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago and is still undergoing chemotherapy said she would use the money to pay for her treatments.
“I have a second chance,” she told Fox 29 at the time. “That’s what my whole life is about, second chances.”
She added that the prize would help her “truly live.”
Now that the couple has claimed Gina’s second lottery prize, their disbelief has been replaced by gratitude.
“For us to have the good fortune of winning not just one big prize but two, we are just very thankful for that,” Len Short said.
Winning Lottery twice Has Happened Before
In drawings, a Canadian man won three jackpots totalling $19.3 million, a Canadian couple won two jackpots worth $18.7 million, and a Florida man scored two jackpots worth $10.2 million at one 7-Eleven.
Even nuttier are cases of remarkable redundancy.
In 2008, a $1.4 million jackpot in Wisconsin was by hit by four tickets, and all four belonged to the same couple.
On a single day in 2002, Angelo and Maria Gallina, of Belmont, Calif., hit two jackpots, one worth $126,000, the other $17 million. Angelo said he bought $20 worth of tickets every day since 1985, spending about $125,000.