Living proof you can win the lottery twice

13th March 2019 1:16am

According to Jan Hannig, a UNC-Chapel Hill statistics professor it's not impossibly rare to win the lottery twice and Terry Splawn from North Carolina is living proof that it can happen.

Terry Splawn

Officials from the North Carolina Education Lottery were delighted to award Terry his second $1 million prize this week, less than two years after presenting him with his first $1 million cheque. 

In a further twist of fate the twice lucky winner purchased both winning tickets from the same store. Sam's Mini Stop on Old Charlotte Road in Concord

“What are the odds of this happening?” Splawn said. “I can't believe I won the lottery not once, but twice!” 

"This is rare, but not impossibly rare," Jan Hannig, a UNC-Chapel Hill statistics professor, said of the odds of the same person winning two $1 million lottery prizes.

His first run of good luck came in April 2017 beating odds of 1 in 1.248 million with a Millionaire Bucks ticket and his second run of good luck came this month from a $150 Million Cash Explosion scratch-off ticket which offers odds of winning $1 million at 1 in 1.8 million players.

Terry has opted to take the $600,000 lump sum from his second win, taking home $424,506 after tax witholdings. He plans to save the funds for a rainy day.

"My wife spent most of the last prize remodeling our home," Splawn told lottery officials. "I'm keeping this one. I'm going to put it aside for a rainy day."

Biggest Jackpots

Europe Flag EuroMillions $215M Play Now! US Flag Mega Millions $97M Play Now! US Flag Powerball $84M Play Now! Europe Flag EuroJackpot $53M Play Now! Spain Flag Spain La Primitiva $48M Play Now! Italy Flag Italy SuperStar $42M Play Now!

More Lotto News

Big Irish lotto win goes unclaimed

Irish lotto prize goes unclaimed

Mar 16th
Australian man wins lotto twice

Australian man wins twice on lotto

Mar 15th
Buy South African Lottery Tickets Online

Play South Afrcian Lotto Online

Mar 14th
Powerball winner picks up $407.2 million

Powerball winner picks up $407.2 million

Feb 10th
Lottery jackpots booming this February

Lottery jackpots booming this February

Feb 3rd
Powerball passes $650 million!

Powerball lottery passes $650 million

Feb 1st