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Can you win the Lotto more than once?

You would think if someone wins the lotto they will be satisfied with the fact that they’ve won, have enough money and go on with their lives. But this is not always the case. There are people who carry on playing and placing their bets. Some people dream of this once-in-a-lifetime event while other extremely lucky people will hit the jackpot more than once.

You’re probably wondering how can someone win the lotto more than once? Is it even possible? Well if you look at the list below and the amounts that they’ve won, it is definitely possible.

In July 2019, a father of three from Cape Town, won R61 million. This was his second win after he won more or less R75 000 in 2012. He used this to build a house for his family. The second time around he will invest a large portion of his winnings to make sure that his family doesn’t suffer again.

In May 2019, a 72-year-old Peggy Dodson from Pennsylvania, US won a $1 million jackpot (approx. R14,5 million). She won $100 000 (approx. R1.4 million) two years earlier. She said that buying a lotto ticket is her daily habit, she will never stop.

In June 2019, Janet Pflaumer-Phillips, a 59-year-old from Massachusetts, US won $1 million (approx. R14,5 million). This was the 3rd win for her and her husband, he won $1 million in 2014 and 2016, this adds up to $3 million (approx. R87 million) for the couple in 6 years.

Eugene Martellio from Vineland, New Jersey, won $3 million (approx. R87 million) in April 2019, just 2 years after he won $730 000 (approx. R10,6 million). He said that he won’t stop buying his tickets and is still hoping to win third time.

In February 2017 a man from Melbourne, Australia who played the same game twice without planning to do so, won a total of $3,9 million AUD (approx. R38,9 million) from both tickets.

An incredible lucky Irishman from Munster won the lotto 3 times in fourteen years. From 2004 to 2017 he has won a total of €820 000 (approx. R13 million).

Richard Lustig from Florida, US, won 7 lotteries from 1993 to 2010. His total prize was over $1 million (approx. R14,5 million).

Joan R Ginther from Texas, USA, who has been called ‘the luckiest woman in the world’ won the lotto 4 times. Her first win was in 1993 and the last one was is 2008, in total she won over $20 million (approx. R290 million).

What is the secret tip to select the winning numbers for the lotto?

The lotto has always and probably will always be a game of chance. It doesn’t mean that if you win the lotto that your chances of winning again are bigger, it is exactly that same as if you haven’t won at all. Placing a bet on a weekly or regular basis also doesn’t increase your chance of winning.

The only way to increase your chance of winning the lottery is to buy more tickets for each game. But his can be an expensive outing as there is no guaranteed pay out and it is still a long shot to win anything. Buying more tickets might not be worth it.

According to the father from Cape Town his tip is to never throw away your previous tickets (self-chosen numbers or quick pick). Each time that he wants to choose his own numbers he will use the previous tickets as clues to carefully pick his next selection of numbers.

Some advice from the 7-time winner, Richard Lustig, who also wrote a book “Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery”. He said that you should treat the lottery like a job, play each and every week. You should pick your own numbers and play the same numbers every time, don’t let the system choose your numbers. He also advised people to only spend the amount of money that they can afford to, stick to your budget. He used his winnings to buy his next set of lotto tickets.

Perseverance wins, the proof is in the pudding above. What would you do if you win the lotto? Would you continue buying your tickets or placing bets on your lucky numbers? Or would you accept your once off winning and spend it wisely enough that you don’t need to win again? I guess it all depends on the amount that you’ve won.