Winning lottery top prizes four times?
Or a system?
Ordinarily, I might think this woman is just the luckiest person in the world.
And then it was revealed she was a Stanford PhD.
She was called the luckiest woman in the world.
Joan R. Ginther, 63, from Texas, won multiple million dollar payouts each time.
Ginther won four lots of vast sums on lottery scratch cards,half of which were bought at the same mini mart.
Surely there can’t be a system to that.
First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot.
Ok…think about this mathematicians out there.
The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.
Harper’s magazine reporter Nathanial Rich recently wrote an article about Ginther, which questioned the validity of this ‘luck’ with which she attributes her multiple lottery wins to.
First, he points out, Ms Ginther is a former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specialising in statistics.
A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: ‘When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest “em first and ask questions later.’
Ginther now lives in Las Vegas, she won all four of her lotteries in Texas.
Three of her wins, all in two-year intervals, were by scratch-off tickets bought at the same mini mart in the town of Bishop.
The magazine article explains how Ginther could have gamed the system – including the fact that she may have figured out the algorithm that determines where a winner is placed in each run of scratch-off tickets.
He believes that after Ginther figured out the algorithm, it wouldn’t be too difficult to then determine where the tickets would be shipped, as the shipping schedule is apparently fixed.
According to Forbes, the residents of Bishop, Texas, seem to believe God was behind it all.
No foul play was suspected.
So it must be an act of God.
Or a very, very smart lady.