Lottery Winner Joan Ginther: The Luckiest Woman Alive

Joan Ginther has won the lottery four separate times -- winning millions of dollars on each occasion.

You’re far more likely to die from a lightning strike than you are to win the lottery. But 63-year-old Joan Ginther is the odd example that proves the rule—or maybe she’s just plain lucky.

On Monday, Ginther showed up at the lottery headquarters in Austin, Texas to claim her $10 million prize in the state’s $140,000,000 Extreme Payout scratch-off ticket. That makes her one of the luckiest people on Earth, but that’s not it by a long shot: in fact, this is Ginther’s fourth time claiming a lottery prize for over a million dollars.

In 1993, Ginther won $5.4 million in a Lotto Texas jackpot; in 2006, she won $2 million from a $30 scratch-off ticket; and in 2008, she won a $3 million prize in another scratch-off game, Millions and Millions. Three of the tickets were purchased in the small Texas town of Bishop, and two from the very same store: Times Market at 525 Highway 77 Bypass.

“This is a very lucky store,” Bob Solis, the manager, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. So if you’re ever in the area—or even if you’re not—it might be worth stopping in for a scratch-off ticket or two. That is, if Ginther will ever give anyone else a chance to win.