A Canadian man has struck it rich twice in his life.
James Courtemanche, 43, of Sudbury, Ontario, won the top prize of 88,888 Canadian dollars ($71,145) this past Wednesday after purchasing an Instant Wild 8 scratch-off ticket.
The enormous windfall, however, was not his first significant triumph. Courtemanche won CAD $100,000 ($80,039) in another scratch-off game, Instant Money Match, five months earlier in August 2021.
Perhaps most incredible, Courtemanche bought both of his winning tickets from the same Sudbury convenience store, Kwik Way.
Courtemanche informed Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. authorities, “I was here in August 2021 to collect a $100,000 win on an Instant Money Match ticket.” “I bought this ticket at the same retailer as I bought my prior winning ticket.”
After scanning his ticket with the lottery’s smartphone app, he learned he had won the more recent game.
Courtemanche stated of his stunning victory, “I couldn’t believe it happened again!” He quipped, “I was really surprised—and then I realized that good things come in threes, so I’m ready for my next one.”
Courtemanche isn’t sure what he’ll do with his prizes, which number roughly $150,000 (US) in total.
According to IHeartRadio Canada, Courtemanche added, “With the present pandemic, it’s not a good time to make arrangements.” “From my first winnings, I’m still waiting to schedule a trip.”
While Courtemanche’s victories occurred in Canada, lotteries are also extremely popular in the United States. According to Statista, in November 2018, 75% of people in the United States between the ages of 45 and 54 have played the lottery in the previous year. Those aged 55 to 64, with 70%, and those aged 35 to 44, with 69 percent, followed close behind.
Unfortunately, winning the lottery, even once, is a long shot for most people, which makes the stories of those who have won all the more fascinating.
An unidentified 37-year-old lady from Michigan won almost $1 million in December after her mother persuaded her to buy a few lottery tickets on the spur of the moment.
Meanwhile, a Virginia college student who won $1 million after a lottery ticket he received in his Christmas stocking turned out to be a winner. He stated that he intended to use some of the funds to pay his tuition.
However, not every lottery story has a happy ending. A man’s post on Reddit went viral when he revealed the marital problems created by a scratch-off ticket he had given to his cousin as a Christmas present. When the ticket turned out to be a $50,000 winner, the man’s wife demanded that he return it.