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91- year-old Great-Grandmother Wins Lottery Twice

by Brittany Buchanan
Special to the AFRO

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    91-year-old Lena Eaton (Courtesy Photo)

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Sometimes, lightning does strikes twice. After winning $300,000 in an Indiana lottery game in August, Lena Eaton, a 91-year-old Indianapolis, Ind. great-grandmother, took home $99,999 from a scratch-off ticket Nov. 1.

Mother of six children, grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 20, she is already spreading the wealth to her family.

“It’s been a pleasure being able to help them,” Eaton told The Indianapolis Star, referring to her family. “I’ve got good kids.”

She told lottery officials she had already begun renovations on her bathroom and installed new windows to her home. With the new winnings, she plans to partake in travelling and share with her large family.

The first stroke of luck came in August from a ticket purchased at the Discount Check Cashing Store, Eaton matched 10 of 20 Quick Draw numbers and took home $300,000. The chances of winning were one in 8.9 million.

This month she decided to take another chance and, while at a Safeway Store, she bought a Scorchin’ Hot 9s scratch-off ticket—and won again, this time $99,999. The odds of her winning were one in 646,000, according to the Star.

The chances of winning both, says the Star were one in 5.7 trillion.

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