2013-02-18 23:09:30
2014-06-30 05:52:01

Lucky Couple Wins Lotto Twice -- in One Weekend

Author: Seth Shafer

An Arkansas couple had a weekend to remember earlier in February, winning lotto jackpots twice in the same weekend.

Stephen and Terri Weaver were headed off to a cabin in Arkansas for a weekend getaway when they stopped at T-Ricks convenience store in the nearby city of Pangburn. Stephen bought five $1 Million Riches instant scratch-off tickets while his wife bought four.

They said they typically pick up a few scratch tickets each weekend when heading off to their cabin but this trip would prove to be far different than normal weekend.

One of Stephen's $20 tickets proved to be a golden one, with it turning out to be a $1 million jackpot winner. "I almost had a heart attack," said Stephen. "I had to have an aspirin."

Their run of good luck wasn't done, though, as on their way back home they decided to dip into the well once again and buy more scratch tickets from the same convenience store.

This time it was Terri that stuck pay dirt, winning $50,000 on a $10 scratch ticket. "When she handed it to me, I fell back in my chair and almost went into cardiac arrest again," Stephen said. "We jumped around, hollered, and screamed. It's just not possible that it happened twice. The odds must be astronomical."

They'll get to keep just over $700,000 after taxes and said they planned on continuing to keep their jobs and using the money to pay off bills and feather their nest egg a bit.

Arkansas lottery officials said that it's not unheard of for people to win several different jackpots on scratch tickets from the same store, although usually not for such large sums, with it far more usual for someone to win $10,000-$20,000 from the same batch of tickets purchased at the same location.

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