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April 30, 2021

Virginia woman wins $1M lotto jackpot twice in same day

Perhaps the last thing you need to hear on tax deadline day is about people actually winning money, not having it ripped from their cold, clenched hands.

In any case, such a story needs to be shared.

Weeks after three public school employees took home the record $656 million Mega Millions, another lotto has made an American rich, though this time in a most peculiar way.

In Virginia, a woman won the state’s $1 million Powerball jackpot -– twice in the same day.

Indeed, last month a new millionaire was made south of the border, but two times over thanks to the lottery.

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The appropriately-named Virginia Fike was sitting next to her hospital-bound mother this month when she noted a TV news report about the Powerball lottery.

That day, two $1 million winners had struck the jackpot.

“I looked at my mom and said, ‘Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?’” Fike remarked later.

In fact, it was us. Fike took her two tickets to a Virginia convenience store to check, and found that not only had one of her tickets won a million bucks, but the second had, too.

Of course, multiple lottery winners are nothing new – a Texas woman famously hit her fourth jackpot for a combined $21 million in 2010; a Canadian won more than $15 million over two jackpots six months apart in 2007 – though to MSN’s knowledge someone striking it rich twice in the same day is a first.



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