A LOTTO winner who always used the same five numbers for five years finally saw his perseverance pay off after scooping a huge jackpot.
Arnold Foster won £160,000 in the Maryland Lottery on Wednesday after using the combo of digits on five separate tickets.
He told US lotto officials that he been playing the same five numbers (40710) for five years and thought “it was about time” they came to fruition.
The 38-year-old said: “It’s an important family birthday, that’s what I use [them].”
I had a good feeling about it so I just stuck with them.”
“I was working out and didn’t see the drawing.”
“But my mom knows the combination I play, so when she saw the results, she called to make sure I’d bought a ticket that day.”
“When I discovered I had won, I thought to myself, it’s about time.”
The hospital worker said he is not set to use the winnings to go towards a down parents on his house and fund for his children’s education.
Foster added: “This is going to help make things better for us now and in the future. That’s one heck of a blessing.”
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The Sun reported last week of one lucky punter who scooped a whopping £42,000 on a Powerball lottery game – just years after winning £84,000 on a scratchcard.
Dimas Montoya, a restaurant chef from Maryland in the US, reportedly won after buying a ticket at a petrol station he goes to after his shift.
The organisation explained that Montoya has made a habit out of playing the lottery after work – recording his first success came in 2016.
The lucky winner told the state lottery: “I checked the ticket at a gas station that I go to.
“The cashier was so happy for me when she said I needed to cash it at Lottery headquarters because it was so high.”
Meanwhile, a Florida woman overcame astonishing odds to win a second £843,000 casino jackpot – just three weeks after scooping the same prize at the same casino.
The Clearwater, FL woman, identified only as Gloria, won both top prizes while playing the Dragon Link slot machine game at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
She scooped the first jackpot of over $1.2m on December 22 after placing a £42 bet, Hard Rock staff said.
Dragon Link is a progressive slot game where the jackpot rises with each bet until someone wins the cash.
At the time, she said in a press release: “All I wanted for Christmas was to hit that progressive jackpot. I still can’t believe my holiday wish came true.”
Odds of winning each jackpot are 60 million to one, meaning the odds of scooping it twice are a remarkable 3.6 quadrillion to one.