Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021

Lucky lottery winner scoops £3.4million with two winning tickets on the same day

In an incredible coincidence that’s way beyond one in a million, a 64-year-old woman won the lottery twice in one day.

Susan Fitton bought two tickets for the September 14 draw of Florida’s Mega Millions lottery, using the same numbers for both tickets.

She selected 4, 13, 19, 63, and 64 for both tickets.

She collected an extraordinary prize, but actually the top prize – for matching all six numbers – can rise as high as $34 million.

According to a news release from the Florida lottery, her tickets both “matched all five of the white ball numbers but did not match the Mega Ball”.

Susan used an add-on called Megaplier that doubled her already-double winnings: "The Megaplier number for the Sept. 14 drawing was 2, which doubled Fitton's prize from $1 million to $2 million," Florida Lottery communications manager Meredyth Hope Norman explained to the Miami Herald. "But she bought two tickets with the same numbers, so that became $4 million.”

Winning even one million dollars is a pretty remote chance, with the probability estimated at around one in 12,607,306.

Prip Mart, the Boca Raton store where Susan bought her two tickets for the equivalent of £13, also collected a $10,000 bonus commission for selling them.

The Florida Lottery also stated in a news release that since the multistate Mega Millions game started in 2013 it has generated more than $761 million for education in the state and has awarded over $772 million in prizes.

While Susan’s story is extraordinary, she’ll have to go a long way to match the achievement of Deborah Brown, from Richmond Virginia, who in 2019 won the Virginia lottery 30 times that day after buying 30 Pick 4 tickets with the exact same combination — 1-0-3-1.

The Valentine’s day win scooped Deborah a relatively modest $150,000 (about £110,000)

She initially bought just 20 tickets with that combination at a service station in Chesterfield County, but then decided to go back for more after she got a lucky feeling: "A couple of times during the day, I saw those numbers," she told reporters.

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