We all know the odds are against us when it
comes to winning the lottery, but one Virginia
couple is making it look easy.
“It is my pleasure to present this check in
the amount of $1 million to Zatera and Calvin
Spencer of Portsmouth.” (Via Virginia Lottery)
That video is from the first time the Spencers
won the lottery back on March 12. Yeah, the
Calvin and Zatera got all but one number right
on that drawing, meaning they missed out on
the $60 million Powerball jackpot. But Calvin
seemed happy with his million and had stopped
playing, saying “I just don’t have the urge
anymore.” (Via Virginia Lottery)
Well, that didn’t last long. Two weeks later
the couple won another $50,000 playing Pick
4, then won another million from a Scratcher
ticket the next day. This time around, Calvin
announced he’s just going to keep playing,
saying “We’re not finished yet.” (Via The
The odds of winning just that first game are
less than 1 in 5 million, and lottery officials
say they’ve never seen anyone win that many
times in just a few weeks.
Kathie Lee and Hoda couldn’t manage even one
win Monday morning.
“Did I win?”
“No!” (Via NBC / “Today”)
Repeat winners have occasionally made headlines.
An Arkansas couple won twice in one day last
year, making them instant millionaires, too.
But the least-likely win we could find went
to a California couple who, in 2002, won two
lotteries within about an hour, totaling more
than $17 million. Their odds were 1 in 24
trillion. Trillion! You have higher odds of
being hit by a falling satellite. (Via BBC,
Altogether, the Spencers’ take-home winnings
are around $1.7 million. Looks like Calvin
will be able to buy plenty more lottery tickets.