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Lottery wins keep on coming

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Monday, May 27, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Would you consider yourself lucky if you won the lottery for $500,000? How about if it were your third sizable lottery haul within a decade?

One Virginia man had already earned the nickname "Mr. Lucky" from friends before he took home a check for a half a million this month -- his third jackpot of at least that much since 2004 and his fourth big win.

Melvyn Wilson, 72, of Woodbridge, Va., won his latest prize from a $20 scratch-off ticket, according to The Washington Post. In 2004, he took home his first big win of $500,000. Then, he won $25,000 in March 2005, followed by $1 million in September of that year. He retired two years later from his job as a postal worker.

With his latest win, Wilson has earned more than $2 million. He has said his strategy is simply to play every day except Sunday. He always buys scratch-off tickets.

Lottery officials couldn't say if anyone has ever hit three six-figure wins before. They did say that when they asked him what he does with the money, his response was, "I invest in Melvyn." Apparently, the Melvyn investment strategy includes the purchase of a fair number of lottery tickets.

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