Odds seem to mean nothing to a Maryland man who has branded himself “Mr. Lucky” after winning a $31,311 (about 432 thousand rands or 11.3 million naira) lottery jackpot, just three months after he won $1 million (13.8 million rands or 364 million naira).

The 38-year-old man told Maryland Lottery officials he won his $31,311 Racetrax jackpot by placing a trifecta bet with a multiplier bonus on the high-odds virtual horse combination of 11, 12 and 10. The winning ticket was purchased for only $6 at the Hyattsville Convenience Store.

Twice lucky

Generally, the chances of winning any lotto prize are one in several millions. The South African lotto, for instance, has 20,358,520 different combinations that one can play when choosing 6 out of 52 numbers. This means a player has one in over 20 million chances to win a prize.

The odds, however, differ from lottery to lottery and depend on the size of the prize. Before October 2017, the odds of winning the US Mega millions jackpot were 1 in 258.9 million. This changed to 1 in 302.6 million when the jackpot hit a whopping 1 billion dollars, which was won by someone in South Carolina.

The Maryland man, who gave himself the nickname “Mr. Lucky,” collected his prize last Thursday – just three months and two days after he previously visited Maryland Lottery headquarters.

Mr. Lucky took home $1 million in August when he scored a top prize on a $1,000,000 Blowout ticket.

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Dream million

Another Maryland man said a dream that told him he would “win big” proved prophetic when he scored a $1 million lottery jackpot.

The 52-year-old Montgomery County man told Maryland Lottery officials he had a dream where he saw a lucky symbol and woke with the feeling he was going to “win big,” so he decided to visit the Crescent Convenience store in Bethesda.

The Gaithersburg man picked out a Max A Million scratch-off ticket and went home to discover he couldn’t interpret the results.

The player returned to the store, where a clerk confirmed it was a $1 million winner.

“I cannot believe it,” the man said. “I am getting happy, happy, happy!”

The winner said he planned to pay off his son’s college tuition and put the rest into savings.


Are you feeling lucky and want to try the lotto? Why not? But remember: Gambling is dangerous to your destiny!



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