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The man won $1 million in August, then $2 million on Thursday. "I called my wife. She didn't believe me - again," he said.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
RICHMOND — Lady Luck’s been looking out for Marvin Bouldin the past few weeks.
The Chester man won $1 million in August when he bought a Virginia’s $5 million Club scratcher.
Then, about seven weeks later, Bouldin became the envy of lottery players everywhere when he won a second time.
He collected a $2 million prize Thursday after scratching off the right numbers on a Millionaire Mania ticket.
“This is very, very unusual,” said John Hagerty, a spokesman for the Virginia Lottery. “We’ve seen people who have won large prizes and then come back and win another large prize. But it’s very rare to see prizes of this size.”
Lottery officials say Bouldin bought the latest winning ticket at a convenience store on East Hundred Road in Chester.
When he realized he’d won, he just left the store, according to a news release.
“I was shocked. I just folded it up and put it in my pocket,” he said in a statement. “I called my wife. She didn’t believe me — again.”
Bouldin, likely a very popular man in recent weeks, did not respond to messages left at his home Friday.
While Bouldin’s run of luck will leave many jealous, his good fortune pales when compared with that of Angelo and Maria Gallina. In 2002, the California couple won the lottery twice — in the same day. An hour after winning $126,000 in the Fantasy Five game, the couple won $17 million in the SuperLotto Plus, according to published reports. The odds: one in 24 trillion.
Bouldin decided to take Thursday’s winnings in one lump sum of $1.5 million rather than getting the full amount over 25 years.
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