Man With 'Unbelievable' Luck Wins Lottery for Third Time

Winning the lottery just once in a lifetime seems like a long shot. But Terry Splawn of North Carolina proves that the odds of winning, while slim, are not impossible: earlier this week, the Concord resident won his third major lottery prize in just a handful of years.

In doing so, Splawn has joined the ranks of a rarified few—those that have won multiple lotteries.

According to a North Carolina Education Lottery press release, Splawn purchased a $20 Premiere Cash ticket at Sam's Mini Stop this past Labor Day. He won a whopping $100,000 which, after federal and state taxes, translates to a take-home sum of $70,756.

The overall odds of winning in this particular game are 1 in 3.08, reported lottery officials—but in order to win a large sum, like Splawn's prize, the chances are far slimmer.

While the win is certainly big, it pales in comparison to Splawn's other lotto prizes. In April 2017, he reportedly won $1 million on a Millionaire Bucks ticket, and two years later, in March 2019, he won again, earning another $1 million.

Remarkably, both of those winning tickets were purchased at the very same Sam's Mini Stop as this most recent Labor Day win.

"It's unbelievable," said Splawn, in a statement to lottery officials. "It certainly is fun to win."

He added: "It was on Labor Day! So, it was a really nice surprise for the day."

According to The News & Observer, Splawn's odds in his previous two wins were incredibly narrow: in 2017, his odds were 1 in 1.248 million, and in 2019, they were 1 in 1.8 million.

Splawn is one of the few lucky enough to have won the lottery not just once, but twice or more. In July, for example, a man in South Carolina won $40,000—and 11 days later, he won another $3 million after purchasing a ticket for the same lottery from the same store.

As remarkable as these instances may seem, Harvard statistics professor Dr. Mark Glickman explained to CNBC in 2019 that winning the lottery once does not actually affect one's chances of winning a second (or third) time. "Having previously won the lottery does not improve or make less likely the chance of winning the lottery in the future," he said.

However, buying multiple tickets for the same game does increase one's chances—but only very slightly.

Newsweek has reached out to Splawn for additional comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A North Carolina man recently won his third lottery in the last four years. Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets in 2018, San Anselmo, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images