Joan Ginther is a lucky woman indeed.
Not only was she the proud recipient of a $5.4 million jackpot prize from Lotto Texas drawing in July 1993, but Thursday she met with the Texas Lottery Commission in Austin to claim another $2 million in prize money.
Ginther, a former Bishop resident who visits the city frequently to care for her father, bought a Holiday Millionaire scratch-off ticket for $30 at the Diamond Shamrock at 525 S. 14th St. in Kingsville. She lives in Las Vegas, according to her former neighbor, Steve Vaughn.
In 1993, Ginther, 59, opted for annual payments of $270,000 (excluding tax charges) for 19 years after her first win on a ticket bought in Bishop. This time she requested a lump sum payment of about $1.5 million, after the 25 percent taken by the commission for taxes.
Ginther couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.
The overall odds of winning with the Holiday Millionaire ticket, including break-even prizes, are 1 in 2.17, according to Texas Lottery Commission officials. The odds of winning twice — well that's a little harder to figure.
"Only a couple people buy those ones every week — they're so expensive," said Lisa Rose, the assistant manager at the Diamond Shamrock. "The Break the Bank for $2 is the more popular one."Though she doesn't remember selling the winning ticket to Ginther, Rose says she already has started telling people the store sold the winning ticket.
"The most I remember selling was a winner for $500 on another scratch-off ticket, but lucky her and I hope she spends it wisely," Rose said.
The store's owner is eligible to receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials said one $2 million winning Holiday Millionaire ticket remains unclaimed.