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Man Wins $1M Lottery After 20 Years Playing Same Numbers

Man Wins $1M Lottery After 20 Years Playing Same Numbers
You can say this for Iowa's latest million-dollar lottery winner: Rob Winburn is consistent.

"Robert Winburn won $1 million in Saturday's drawing. He says he's been playing the same numbers for the last two decades," KCCI reports.

WOI-TV explains that "He opted not to do a public news conference, but did share his number-picking secret with us. He uses the corresponding numbers in his last name."

For more than 20 years, Winburn, from Urbandale, waited for his system to pay off.

For instance, one of the winning numbers on Saturday - 23 - corresponds with the "W" in Winburn. But instead of the number 18 for "R," Saturday's Powerball was a 3, Daily Mail reports.

Winburn said he didn't even know a big ticket winner was in his area. "I put the first three (tickets) in and no win. Then (the winning) one came up. I just kind of glanced at it."

He told the Iowa Lottery what happened next in an off-camera interview.

"I did a double take,' Winburn said. "I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this.' He leaned over and I did it again, and he says, 'Sign it and get the hell out of here!'" (Via Iowa Lottery)

If Winburn had matched the Powerball, he would've won the $330 million jackpot. We doubt he's disappointed. He told lottery officials the most he's ever won with his system was $100.

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tombutler58 February 19 2014 at 10:06 AM

I have been playing the same numbers for Twenty-Four years. I hit five of six number twice which payed $500.00 each time

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Ollie February 19 2014 at 2:23 PM

Well, well he just got all of his money back from playing Lotto for 20 years!!!! Congrats to you Rob!!!!!

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seanringram Ollie February 19 2014 at 3:07 PM

Please don't be a hater. You have no idea how much this man has spent in 20 years, but believe it wasn't even close to a million dollars. If he played twice a week for 20 years, that still would only have set him back $2080. I don't know about you, but I'd trade $2080 for a million dollars any day.

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spokajo February 19 2014 at 3:49 PM

Condrats! Enjoy your winnings.

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boyle1034 February 19 2014 at 4:34 PM

Good for him. I can feel his happiness..Never Give Up!

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skrfac February 19 2014 at 4:40 PM

That would take the edge off

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marcsmpsn February 19 2014 at 4:58 PM

All comes to he who waits....

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Deborah February 19 2014 at 7:18 PM

Congrats Robert - good for you!!!!

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Maureen February 19 2014 at 8:26 PM

If Robert never won, he would still be playing the same numbers for 20 more years. No matter how much he spent out of pocket it gave him something to do. Congratulations Robert and I am sure you will still be playing the numbers.

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blinn8656 February 19 2014 at 1:33 PM

Congratulations on your win. I regret to inform you I will not be sending you a sad story letter asking for money. Enjoy you winnings.

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