Joan Ginther has won a multi-million dollar Texas Lotto payout for the fourth time. A Las Vegas, Nevada resident who was born in Texas and shuns publicity, the 63-year-old Ginther bought a $50 scratch ticket last week that yielded her a prize of $10 million, her greatest win yet.
The last three of her four wins have been from scratch tickets.
Previously in this millennium, Ginther had won $3 million in 2008 and $2 million in 2006 from scratch tickets. She scored her first big Lotto payout back in 1993, when her Texas Lottery ticket netted her $5.4 million, a half-share from a $10.8 million prize pool. She took an annuity yielding her $270, 000 for 19 years.
In 2006, Ginther took her first scratch card multi-million prize payout as a $1.5 million lump-sum payment . She bought the winning Holiday Millionaire scratch ticket at a Diamond Shamrock store in Kingsville, Texas while on a trip home to visit her elderly father.
Interestingly, she bought two of her winning tickets from the same store, the Times Market in Bishop, Texas, which pushes the mind-boggling odds of her wins to an even more stratospheric, if not outer-space-like level. Her four wins are nothing short of astonishing.
The odds of winning the $10 million prize from the Extreme Payout scratch card she bought in 2010 is one in 1.2 million, according to the Texas Lottery.
In 2008, Ginther purchased a wining Millions and Millions scratch ticket from the Times Market.
Times Market store manager Bob Solis said that his store, which sells 1,000 Lottery tickets weekly, is “very lucky.” The store’s owner, Sun Bae is due to receive her second bonus of $10,000 from the Texas Lottery for selling a winning ticket to Ginther.
Back in 2006, the owner of the Diamond Shamrock also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning scratch ticket.