A lottery superfan who bought 160 tickets with the same numbers in one go ended up winning $800,000. Kwame Cross bagged the huge sum after each of his 160 $1 Virginia Lottery tickets scooped a $5,000 win.
Cross, from Dumfries in Virginia, played the state’s December 5 Pick 4 game, which sees players choose four numbers which must be drawn in a certain order for them to win the $5,000 jackpot.
The gambler’s winning number combination was 7, 3, 1 and 4, with Cross saying he decided to play them after they figures became lodged in his head.
He explained: ‘I saw an address in a TV show, in the background, and for some reason it stayed with me. I just had a feeling.’ The odds of picking the right numbers in the correct order are just one in 10,00, with Cross recalling his shock on realizing he’d struck lucky 160 times.
The small business owner, who works in Washington DC, said: ‘I thought, “This can’t be real!” I had to pull over and check, like, 82 times. It feels surreal!’
Cross bought his winning tickets from a Sunoco gas station, and says he hasn’t decided how to spend his winnings yet.
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