US man beats one in 9.7 trillion odds to win lottery twice

Kenneth Stokes will use the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition and his daughter’s car payments

Washington: A man from Massachusetts has beaten one in 9.7 trillion odds to win the same lottery twice.

Kenneth J Stokes from Norwood is a lottery season ticket holder, which automatically enters him into every drawing of a certain lottery with specific, pre-set numbers of his choosing.


Kenneth J Stokes from  Norwood is a lottery season ticket holder, which automatically enters him into every drawing of a certain lottery with specific, pre-set numbers. Pic/ANI

Stokes, who has won $25,000 a year for up to 20 years, which equals a $500,000 maximum, had opted for a one-time cash option payment, which brought the prize down to $390,000 pre-tax, or $273,000 after tax.

His winnings were doubled to $546,000, after his family gifted him a season pass to the Massachusetts State Lottery Lucky for Life drawing with their lucky numbers and he bought a second ticket with the exact same numbers.

Stokes plans to use the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition and his daughter’s remaining car payments, as well as take his family on a vacation.

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