ST. LOUIS — 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 ticket.
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 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.