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Lottery Winner Joan Ginther: The Luckiest Woman Alive

Joan Ginther has won the lottery four separate times — winning millions of dollars on each occasion.

By Kathryn Hawkins. Posted on July 08 2010

You’re far more likely to die from a lightning strike than you are to win the lottery. But 63-year-old Joan Ginther is the odd example that proves the rule—or maybe she’s just plain lucky.

On Monday, Ginther showed up at the lottery headquarters in Austin, Texas to claim her $10 million prize in the state’s $140,000,000 Extreme Payout scratch-off ticket. That makes her one of the luckiest people on Earth, but that’s not it by a long shot: in fact, this is Ginther’s fourth time claiming a lottery prize for over a million dollars.

In 1993, Ginther won $5.4 million in a Lotto Texas jackpot; in 2006, she won $2 million from a $30 scratch-off ticket; and in 2008, she won a $3 million prize in another scratch-off game, Millions and Millions. Three of the tickets were purchased in the small Texas town of Bishop, and two from the very same store: Times Market at 525 Highway 77 Bypass.

“This is a very lucky store,” Bob Solis, the manager, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. So if you’re ever in the area—or even if you’re not—it might be worth stopping in for a scratch-off ticket or two. That is, if Ginther will ever give anyone else a chance to win.


“We all dream a lot – some are lucky, some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real. You are what you feel.”
Tim Rice

Akita from Japan who spent 10 years waiting for his master


  Hachiko was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, a college professor named Hidesamuro Ueno. Each day, when Ueno left for work, Hachiko would stand by the door to watch him go. When the professor came home at 4 o’clock, Hachiko would go to the Shibuya Station to meet him.

Though this simple act alone shows a tremendous amount of loyalty, that’s not the end of it: The following year, Ueno died of a stroke while at the university. Hachiko didn’t realize that he was gone, and so the dog returned to the train station every single day to await his master. He became such a familiar presence there, in fact, that the station master set out food for the dog and gave him a bed in the station. Even so, Hachiko never shifted loyalties –every day at 4 o’clock, he hopefully waited by the tracks as the train pulled in, searching for his best friend’s face among the people getting off.

Hachiko died in 1935, after 10 long years of waiting for his master. But the dog would not be forgotten –a year before his death, Shibuya Station installed a bronze statue of the aging dog, to honor its mascot. Though the statue was melted down during World War II, a new version was created in 1948 by the son of the original artist. Go to the station now, and you’ll be able to see the bronze statue of Hachiko – still waiting, as ever, for his master to come home.

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
 Roger Caras