The Luckiest Lottery Winners in the World

January 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Lottery Winners

Earlier this week, we wrote about the unluckiest lottery winners from around the world, after being inspired by poor $1 million lottery winner and cyanide poisoning victim, Urooj Khan. In the interest of balance, we feel it important to let our readers know that many lottery winners not only enjoy their winnings, but also use their new found wealth for good and to help others! So, to find out who the luckiest lottery winners in the world are according to us at, read on!

Joan Ginther
Joan Ginther must be the luckiest woman in the world, as she has won jackpots on the Texas Lottery not once, not twice, but FOUR times, beating odds which have been calculated to be an incredible 1 in 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s one in 18 septillion to you and me). Joan’s first win was on the main Texas Pick 6 Lotto for $5.4 million in 1993, followed by three scratchard wins in two years intervals of $2 million, $3million then $10 million in summer 2010. Despite some claiming her occupation as a mathematical statistician must have given her an unfair advantage, the Texas Lottery have said her wins were pure luck – that’s all.

Chris and Colin Weir
The Weirs won the Euromillions jackpot of €185 million / £161 million in July 2011, and have made a name for themselves as the most philanthropic multi-millionaires in Scotland. Before their win, both Chris and Colin had been forced to leave their jobs for health reasons, and when they found out they had won, they pledged to change lives for the better with it. To date, they have made medical, political, social and community donations, which you can read more about here, and continue to donate to needy causes, including funding a £30,000 operation for a three year old girl with cerebral palsy.

Unnamed Homeless Man
It may not the biggest win, but when a homeless man from South Carolina won a $200,000 prize on a state lottery, it really did change his life. A former construction worker who had fallen on hard times, the winner (who has opted to remain anonymous) was living in a Shelter when he bought the ticket. When he found out about his win, the store owner who had checked his ticket said he had “screamed and jumped up and down”. The winner also told local media he was thrilled and added, “This will put me where I want to be.” We couldn’t imagine a person who needed a sum of money so much, and we are more thrilled for him than any other winner.

See the video reporting the win below:

So, as we can see here, winning the lottery does not have to be a curse. It can mean the start of a new life, a second chance, or can give you the options to live in a way you never thought you would. And, for some people like Joan, sometimes lightening does strike twice!