Man beats odds to win lottery twice

Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 14:23 PM IST

St. Louis: For a Missouri man, luck comes in pairs.

Against odds of 1 in 1.36 million Ernest Pullen clinched his first million-dollar win in June when he scratched off the "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" prize on a lottery ticket.

The 57-year-old Bonne Terre, Mo man did it again this month, against even bigger odds, and doubled that prize by winning USD 2 million on a "Mega MONOPOLY" scratchers ticket he purchased on September 17, according to officials with the Missouri Lottery.

"That was his second time winning," said Misty Eye, store manager of the Miller`s Quick Shop that sold Pullen the prize-winner. "He acted like it was no big deal."

Pullen could not be reached for comment, but lottery officials said he told them he had had a dream that he won the lottery and considers himself "a lucky guy."

Pullen opted to take a lump sum cash payment worth USD 1.3 million before taxes after his latest win.

He plans to use some of the money to fix up his house.

Bureau Report