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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 June 2005, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Lottery double shocks US granny
By Oliver Conway
BBC News, Washington

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Donna Goeppert's January jackpot came at odds of 1.44 million to one
US grandmother Donna Goeppert, 55, has won $1m (550,000) in a lottery just five months after winning the same amount in the same Pennsylvania game.

The odds of hitting the jackpot once are 1.5m to one. To do it twice, the odds rise to a staggering 419m to one.

A shocked Mrs Goeppert described how her husband reacted to the news.

"He couldn't believe it... He was, like... 'Stop messing around' and stuff like that, but he was up here in the store within probably 45 seconds."

After winning her first million, Mrs Goeppert paid off her mortgage, put away some money for her grandchildren's education and bought a new Cadillac.

Now she says she plans to retire - though presumably she will continue to play the lottery.


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