A Virginia woman appears to have been struck by luck after winning the lottery twice in one week! Jennifer Minton from Gloucester told lottery officials she was “in shock” after the double victory.
According to the VA Lottery, Jennifer first won $50,000 playing the online game Safari Quest. She I won this prize in mid-October. Minton continued to play the lottery game, and a week later she won about 18 times bigger!
Woman shares how she won the lottery a second time
She was reportedly sitting around a campfire, playing Safari Quest on her phone again. Minton noticed the jackpot was “suddenly reset,” but he didn’t immediately realize she was the winner. She remembers thinking: “Damn, someone just knocked.” They are so lucky!
Seconds later, she made an exciting connection! Minton had just won almost a million dollars, or $912,936 to be exact.
“I’m in shock,” she told VA Lottery officials. “I’m in disbelief.”
Wow! Talk about lightning striking twice! A Virginia Lottery player won a $912,936 jackpot using Safari Quest just one week after winning $50,000 in the same online game. ⚡️⚡️https://t.co/Q4QrH3rLbA
– Virginia Lottery (@VirginiaLottery) November 1, 2023
Safari Quest is “one of dozens of online instant games” available in the state’s lottery app, officials say. They say the odds of winning are 1 in 3.84.
Virginia Lotto profits help K-12 Education Funding in the state. In 2023, gambling revenue accounted for approximately 10% of Virginia’s total school budget. This figure exceeded $867 million.
The county where Jennifer Minton lives received about $2.7 million in lottery funds last fiscal year, according to the VA Lottery website.
Across state lines, a Maryland man had the same luck as Jennifer Minton in April. He has remained anonymous, but state officials say he won a $50,000 lottery prize three times in less than a year.
– ABC Mundial (@ABCMundial) April 24, 2023
Another notable win last year involved a mother from Florida. In April, she won a $2 million prize after using her savings to help her daughter during her cancer treatment. The mother, Geraldine Gimblet, chose to take home a “one-time lump sum payment of $1,645,000.”
His daughter told state lottery officials:
“The day before my mother bought this ticket, I rang the bell and left the hospital after finishing my last treatment for breast cancer. My mother withdrew all her savings to take care of me when I was sick. I’m so happy for her!
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