This Couple Just Won the Lottery for the Third Time

A couple from Alberta, Canada have just won the lottery for the third time! Douglas and Barbara Fink landed a jackpot worth $8,163,061.10 Canadian dollars in a Western Canada Lottery draw last month, having already clinched big prizes on two previous occasions.

The Finks’ first big win came in 1984, when they bagged $128,000 as part of a lottery syndicate with some friends. Then, in 2010, the lucky pair won a further $100,000 prize. Last month’s multi-million dollar prize is by far their biggest win to date – and at the rate they’re going at, there may well be an even bigger win still to come!

Source: The Sun

Mrs Fink told members of the Canadian press that she learned of the family’s remarkable third lotto triumph while her husband was out at work, and that she called him straight away to deliver the news.

“He didn’t answer, so I waited five minutes and tried again. That time, he picked up. I said, ‘I did it again!’

“I knew we had all the numbers, but I didn’t know how many winners there were.

“I called Douglas back before midnight and told him it was more than $8million.”

Now the Finks are even luckier lottery winners than before, the family plans to buy a new home and go on holiday in St Lucia (video below), an Eastern Caribbean island nation famed for its luxury beach resorts and stunning, tapered mountains.

Mr Douglas told reporters:

“Family comes first. We want to make sure that our daughters and our grandkids are looked after.

“Barbara wants a new house, so she’ll get one,” he told the lottery’s organisers.

The Finks’ winning numbers were 9, 21, 25, 26, 31 and 41. Another winning ticket-holder in Ontario won an equal $8,163,061.10 share of the jackpot fund, which totalled approximately $16.3-million.

Multiple lottery wins: how often does it happen?

To win a major lottery prize multiple times in your life is exceptionally rare, but we do see some cases of players winning big prizes on two or more occasions.

Take Joan Grinther, a Texan player who won four $2 million jackpots in under 20 years for example. First came a Lotto Texas win worth $5.4 million in 1993, then three scratch card wins in 2006, 2008 and 2010, worth $2 million, $3 million and $10 million respectively.

Repeat wins at that kind of level simply aren’t meant to happen – so we’d love to know this remarkable winner’s secret! Some people have speculated that Grinther may have cheated, or even that she has devised a secret method for predicting lottery results.

Interestingly, winning streaks seem to occur most commonly in the United States. Another pair of repeat winners, Angelo and Maria Gallini from Belmont, California, won two big prizes on the same day back in 2002 – one jackpot worth $17 million and another major windfall of $126,000. Their secret? Commitment. Mr Gallini revealed he had been spending $20 a day on lottery tickets every day from 1985 till the day of his double win. In total, he’d spent about $125,000 in his quest for lotto riches.

The Gallinis’ story indirectly tells us something about why former lottery winners are relatively likely to win again in the future. Their success stemmed from their willingness to spend big on tickets – and lottery winners are clearly more motivated and able to do exactly that than the average person. They know how richly lotteries can pay off, and they have the money to buy the tickets.

This offers a highly plausible explanation for the Finks’ triple win and Joan Grinther’s extraordinary quadruple success: they probably all bought tickets at an unusually high rate following their initial wins.

Winning big doesn’t mean you should stop playing lotto

Back in 2015 we interviewed one of our big lotto winners for an article on our blog – and our lucky winner told us, “I’ve always played lotto just for fun – I never really expected to win this much money – so I’ll definitely keep playing!” Far from removing the reason to keep playing lottery, winning a major prize clearly just makes it easier and perhaps even more attractive to carry on buying tickets.

Even if you don’t buy tickets in large quantities for every draw, consistently playing at least one line in your chosen lottery will give you a greatly elevated chance of winning over a long period of time. The player who buys one line every week for 50 years has a 2,500+ times better chance of winning a jackpot than somebody who plays just once.