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Luckiest man ever wins $1 million lottery -- twice

Man Wins Million-Dollar Lottery -- Twice

On July 22, Indiana resident Robert Hamilton won the Hoosier Lottery's top prize of $1 million again after winning it for the first time in April. WISH says Robert called the second win "the icing on the cake."

... Can we just say we don't even need icing? Even a few crumbs would be nice.

Seriously though, the odds of something like this happening are staggering. Officials say the odds of winning the top prize once are 1 in more than 2 million.

Still, he and his wife, Donna, insist they're normal people. They reportedly spent most of the first winnings on fulfilling debts and a house.

According to the Greene County Daily World, Donna said, "After he won the first time, I told him he could buy a motorcycle if he hit it again." And just like that, Robert got the blessing.

If you're feeling lucky, there are five more million-dollar prizes to be claimed in the same event Robert won.

And according to the lottery's website, you could still be a winner even if you don't play. Last year alone, the Hoosier Lottery paid $30 million to police and firefighters, another $30 million to teacher retirement funds and almost $150 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

And Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner points out lotteries, in general, are one of the best sources of public fundraising because they eliminate what economists call "the free-riding effect." Because every ticket someone else purchases lowers your chances of winning, you are continually motivated to buy more.

And here's some more good news for those of you who want to play: There's a secret method to the madness of winning.

Take seven-time winner Richard Lustig's word for it. In an interview with The Huffington Post, he revealed tips such as never playing "Quick Picks," picking your own numbers and consistently playing those numbers without changing.

Lustig says each time you play the same set of numbers, even if you lose, your odds of winning the next time actually increase. And with the highest national prize up for grabs at $87 million, you might want to take a cue from Robert and Lustig and try your luck.

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plewdawg August 02 2014 at 7:57 AM

This isnt shocking. The IRS chances of their computers all crashing and destroying their hard drives odds are much higher...(FACT)

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oujoou August 02 2014 at 1:42 PM

When he 'looks' like a rich guy who knows what money IS . . . I'll be impressed. :) Otherwise . . . the money is going to strippers and vice. I can imagine just what an ego trip he's on. He'll probably gamble it away too. If you look like the type of person who cannot hold 20 dollars without buying smokes or booze or giving it to a 'friend' . . . it's a curse . . . not a boon. :(

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Chickiepoo oujoou August 02 2014 at 8:28 PM

My....my.......being a little PRESUMTIOUS
aren't you..........as well as "obnoxious"....

BTW......the use of the word "probably" is
indicative of someone that does NOT have the FACTS at their disposal.

And you have NONE....nada....ZIP.

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Chickiepoo oujoou August 02 2014 at 8:29 PM


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dwtomczyk August 02 2014 at 7:26 AM

must have an different attitude about work.

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runswthscisors40 August 02 2014 at 11:58 AM

Matthew Mccaungahey, and Robert Hamilton......

Separated at birth??..............

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pat August 02 2014 at 4:28 PM

This is not that big a deal, it's a small lottery. Now lets talk about the guy whose won multi-state lotteries multiple times. The odds of him doing that are 200,000,000 X 200,000,000! Makes this look like reporting a guppy as a whale story.

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lthrnck68 August 02 2014 at 6:10 PM

Yup, just going to hop on a plane and fly right out there. I'm sure I'll win if I do that. Oh wait. I could just take the price of the plane ticket and buy lottery tickets here in CT.

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biffcove August 02 2014 at 8:04 PM

Saay maan, did you cheat?

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Hennessy August 02 2014 at 9:30 PM

The news host here is very scary in a cross between an over caffeinated Barbie with an adult Children of the Damned or Corn

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chibblitz August 02 2014 at 9:42 PM

The lottery is fixed.

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