Rich Congressman Won Lottery for the Third Time: Lucky or Conspiracy?

I'm thoroughly convinced that only two types of people win the lottery: the poor who shouldn't be playing in the first place but do so in large number and the very rich who don't need the money but buy the tickets anyhow.

Case in point: Jim Sensenbrenner, a US Representative from Wisconsin and a millionaire (he is heir to the Kimberly-Clark fortune) won the lottery THREE times!

The conservative Republican first hit it big in 1997 with a $250,000 jackpot in the District of Columbia lottery. Then, last spring, he won a $1,000 consolation prize in the Wisconsin lottery, before winning another $1,000 in that lottery last week.

I call conspiracy, though it's possible that Jim, who spends $10 a week on lottery tickets, is just a really, really, really lucky guy: Link | Photo from Sensenbrenner's entry at Wikipedia.


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The lottery, any lottery, has some weird statistics. Just recently a couple won their second million using the exact same numbers. How likely is that?

http://www.lotterypost.com/news/16939

Nothing suprises me when it comes to winning. Out here in California we have a second chance drawing using a mail in coupon, to go in and play a special game on the televised lottery show. I've sent in literally hundreds of them over the years. Never have been chosen. I've seen people go three and even four times. Some people are just super lucky.
I've stopped playing altogether because I'm the exact opposite of super lucky. I never win anything and I finally got it through my head I was never going to win.
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Winning one time isn't that unlikely? What? And how come I never win or 99.9999999999% other people who play.

No no no, winning the lottery is a VERY unlikely event. Winning two more times is EXTREMELY unlikely.
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Alex >> As you can figure out from the calculation I started to count AFTER the first 250k because to win one time isn't that unlikely and the article mentioned a conspiracy and to loose 3200$ in 10 years doesn't meet my requirments for that.
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