Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in a Month

Va. pair aren't finished playing yet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 2:54 AM CDT
Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in a Month
Calvin and Zatera Spencer pose with their latest prize.   (Virginia Lottery)

What do you do if you win a $1 million lottery prize? If you're Virginia couple Calvin and Zatera Spencer, you keep buying tickets—and you keep winning. The odds-defying pair first won a $1 million Powerball prize on March 12, reports USA Today. They followed that up March 26 with a $50,000 win on the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game using 10 tickets, all with the numbers 6-6-6-6. The day after that win, they bought a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket that won them another $1 million prize.

"I've been here for 12 years and this is the first time I’ve seen someone win three major prizes within such a short period of time," a Virginia Lottery spokesman says. Mathematicians say the triple win can be explained by the laws of improbability, "which are powerful enough in themselves to produce extraordinarily unlikely events," the Los Angeles Times finds. The Spencers plan to try to keep beating the odds. "We're not finished yet," Calvin said as the couple claimed their latest prize. (More lottery stories.)

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