When a man wins the lottery twice, people wonder how he did it. When a man wins the same lottery twice? Well that’s just plain crazy, right?! For one man in Norwood, Massachusetts, however, this actually happened. According to ABC News, Kenneth J. Stokes won the Massachusetts State Lottery game, Lucky for Life. Stokes says that he forgot that his family purchased him a “season ticket,” so he went and bought himself a ticket on Monday. Turns out, the ticket that he purchased had the same numbers as the ticket that he already had at home. And those numbers? Were the winning numbers!
Stokes won $25,000 a year for life… twice… so $50,000 a year for life. Stokes opted to take a lump sum, however, for a payout of $546,000… after taxes.
The man who won the lottery twice shocked the Massachusetts State Lottery director of communications Christian Teja when he received not one but two phone calls from the same guy.
“The representative called the individual who was the owner of the season ticket and informed him of that and then he was obviously elated to find out that he had won on that ticket. They hung up and he realized that he had purchased the same ticket on his own for that same drawing. During the phone call when they had spoken, the representative had mentioned there was another winner form Norwood. He called back and it all came together when he was like, ‘I’m that guy in Norwood.’”
News that a man wins a lottery twice isn’t necessarily common, but weird things do happen. You can call it luck, fate, or coincidence, but there have been people who have won the lottery more than once. In fact, a couple from Arkansas made headline news back in February of 2013 after they won the lottery twice in one day. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Stephen and Terri Weaver won big money on two scratch tickets. They won $1 million on a $20 ticket and $50,000 on a $10 ticket.
According to WHDH, Stokes has already received his two checks from the Massachusetts State lottery. He plans on using the money to pay for his son’s college tuition. He will also help his daughter pay for her car. He mentioned that he would like to take his family on vacation.
Of course, he will likely still play the lottery — don’t forget he has a season pass. It seems like Lady Luck is on his side, so maybe he will cash in again.
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