Sep 28, 2010 6:13 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The odds against winning $1 million in the
Lottery: Astronomical. How about doing it twice?
It happened to a man from Bonne Terre, Mo., Missouri Lottery
officials said Tuesday. Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million with a
"100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers ticket in June. And
this month, he won $2 million with a "Mega MONOPOLY" Scratchers
Pullen, a retired military man who was working at the help desk
for a telecommunications company before retiring after the first
lottery win, said he considers himself to be a "lucky guy."
John Wells of the Missouri Lottery said the chances of winning
$1 million in the "$100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" game are 1 in
2.28 million. The odds of winning $2 million in "Mega MONOPOLY"
are about the same.
The chances of winning both?
Because they're independent games, it is impossible to calculate
the odds, Wells said.
"But it's a pretty amazing coincidence," he said. "We've had
players win big multiple prizes before, but this is the first
person to ever win a second million-dollar prize in the history of
the Missouri Lottery."
Pullen bought the most recent winning ticket on Sept. 17 at
Miller's Quick Shop in Bonne Terre, a community in the Old Lead
Belt region of eastern Missouri, about 60 miles southwest of St.
Louis. He opted to take the cash payment instead of the annuity for
both wins. He received $700,000 for the June winner and will get
about $1.3 million for the September winner - both before taxes.
Pullen recalled a dream six years ago in which he won a lot of
money. Even after the $1 million win in June, he didn't feel like
the dream was complete.
He does now.
"All the numbers I dreamed about, and all my lucky numbers,
were on the card," Pullen said.
Pullen plans to use the money to fix up his new house, which
needs a new lakeside wall.
As for the Lottery, he figures he's about used up his luck,
though he still might play the big jackpots on Powerball and Mega
"My wife said she's winning the next time," Pullen said.