Virginia Man Wins $500K in Lottery ... for 3rd Time

Not to mention a $25K win
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 6:13 AM CDT
Virginia Man Wins $500K in Lottery ... for 3rd Time
A Virginia man has now won the lottery four times.   (Shutterstock)

Melvyn Wilson won $500,000 in the Virginia lottery in 2004, so it was a surprise when he won $25,000 five months later. Six months after that, he scratched off a card to win $1 million. He retired shortly afterward, but the money keeps coming in for the 72-year-old former postal worker: Wilson has now won another $500,000. This was from Virginia's $20-a-ticket "Millionaire Mania," the Washington Post reports.

All of Wilson's six-plus-figure winnings have come in scratch-off games. It's unclear how many tickets he's purchased total, but he says he enters every day but Sunday. “I’m just in the right place at the right time," he says, per InsideNoVa. So what does he do with all the money? "I invest in Melvyn," he says. Seems like a good bet. Meanwhile, the rest of us can hope for a sliver of Wilson's good luck ahead of Saturday's Powerball jackpot, which now stands at $475 million, the AP reports. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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