This Couple Won The Lottery After Buying The Same Number For 26 Years

Dhir Acharya - Nov 25, 2020


This Couple Won The Lottery After Buying The Same Number For 26 Years

But if you are not super lucky, you just need to be determined and constant to win the lottery, at least that’s the case of this couple.

How lucky someone must be to win the lottery? Very very lucky. But if you are not that lucky, you just need to be determined and constant, at least that’s the case of this couple. They managed to win the lottery after 26 years thanks to these qualities.

To win the lottery, you need to be very lucky or very constant
To win the lottery, you need to be very lucky or very constant

The man and his wife played the same set of numbers for over a quarter of the century and finally won $366,000 (Rs 27.1 lakh). Now, you may be wondering if playing the exact same number will give you a higher chance of winning the lottery, here’s your answer.

Terry Coggeshall claimed the prize last Thursday. According to CBS, the man said that they had been close to winning a few times though they had never dreamt of really winning, saying:

“I was in the La-Z-Boy as she was standing there watching. And she started screaming. She goes, 'I won, I won!' And I go, 'What?!'”

This couple won Rs 27.1 lakh by buying the same number over and over again
This couple won Rs 27.1 lakh by buying the same number over and over again

He said that they began buying the same number every week when living in Florida, they now live in North Carolina.

As astonishing as it sounds, this isn’t the first time such a strategy has paid off. In 2018, a man in New York won $343 million (Rs 254 crore). But at the time, it was reported that the way lotteries were set up meant that using the same number over and over again didn’t increase the chance of winning.

This is because of statistical independence, in which the outcome of a random event like a lottery draw doesn’t impact the outcome of another one.

That means for every lottery draw, the numbers picked are 100% random, so the chance of people like Coggeshall winning the lottery is equally high and low every week. Considering that, the only thing that might have helped the couple win the lottery is buying the same number countless times.

After all, however, a person who buys tickets for years will more likely win than a person who isn’t as committed.

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