Lena Eaton, 91, Wins Hoosier Lottery Twice In Three Months

11/05/2012 09:01 pm ET | Updated Nov 06, 2012
  • Ron Dicker General Assignment Reporter, The Huffington Post

If Lena Eaton has ever thought about going to Las Vegas, she ought to leave now. The 91-year-old great grandmother from Indianapolis is riding a lucky streak that nearly defies statistical probability.

She won two lotteries within three months -- a 5.7 trillion-to-1 shot, reports the Indianapolis Star.

In August she won $300,000 on a Hoosier Lottery Quick Draw ticket, matching 10 of 20 numbers. On Thursday, she claimed a winning $5 scratch-off for a game called Scorchin’ Hot 9s to rake in another $99,999.

"Lena is thrilled about her good fortune and we’re thrilled for her," Al Larsen of the Hoosier Lottery said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. "Winning a lottery prize of any kind is a special experience. For someone to do it twice in just under three months – after they’ve turned 90 years old – that’s pretty amazing."

Eaton, who has six children, 16 grandchildren, and more than 20 great grandchildren, according to the paper, is renovating her home and spreading the love around to her loved ones. “It’s been a pleasure being able to help them,” she said.

Eaton is now a member of the exclusive club of those who won the lottery more than once. Virginia Fike belongs -- and then some. Fike won two $1 million jackpots in the same day, ABC News reported in April. Fike, from Virginia, purchased two tickets and matched five of six numbers to become a millionaire two times over.

"I picked numbers based on my parents' anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married," Fike said.

That's one way to do it.

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