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Second $1M lottery win for deli worker defies all odds

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What we're going to talk about today was a one-in-a-million shot.

OK, technically the chances were 1 in 3,669,120,000,000 that the New York deli worker who won $1 million from a state lottery game four years ago would win another $1 million in the lottery a month ago. The number of zeros stuck at the end of that figure makes her repeat victory just slightly more difficult than a singer winning Simon's approval on "American Idol."

"The first time I couldn't believe it," Valerie Wilson reportedly told Newsday. "This time I said, 'God's on my side.' "

Now, I don't know if God pays off our faith with lottery winnings. That's a theological question that is as difficult to answer as the one that wonders, "Does God support one NFL team more than the other on any given Sunday, just because one team's pass receivers kneel down in the end zone and point to the sky after touchdowns?"

But, regardless of those religious issues, the actions of this particular double-lottery winner do shed some lights on the apparent psychology of at least some of those who play the legalized numbers game.

If you won $1 million in lottery money, wouldn't you figure that you'd gotten your share? What would cause you to try for more?

But, Wilson kept playing the lottery long after she won a bundle on it. Something must have been driving her to keep gambling on the lottery, and it likely no longer was the need to use winning major money in the lottery as her personal retirement plan. After she won the first million dollars, her future was pretty well set. You only need so much money to buy coffee when you meet other retirees in the diner every morning — even if you're picking up every check.

That having been said, surely Wilson had the money to play the lottery after winning her first million, so it would be difficult to criticize her for continuing to bet if she found it fun. And now after her second win, Wilson will have sort of a salary to gamble — her latest windfall will be paid out in $50,000 annual installments — which will more or less free her from worry about whether she wins or loses.

Most lottery players lose, of course. States don't set up lotteries as a system to give back tax dollars. You play the lottery, you generally are handing over your money. I suspect that even many of the people who brag about winning $500 in the lottery may have spent $1,000 trying to do it.

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Granted, Wilson probably didn't spend more than the $2 million she won. It would have been difficult physically to scratch that many tickets. Besides, she wouldn't have had too much time to play the lottery since she continued to work in the Long Island deli after she won the first time, according to an Associated Press story published in this newspaper Monday.

And, the 54-year-old employee of Emma's Deli and Catering claims she will continue to work, at least for a while, despite now being a multimillionaire.

"Wilson plans to keep working until at least December, making sandwiches and ringing up sales," the Associated Press story said.

But Wilson appears to be one-in-a-million when it comes to winning the lottery. What would you bet the odds would be against other winners' continuing to work?

I'm guessing we'd need more zeros. Most winners would be singing a different tune than Wilson. And Simon would be rolling his eyes.

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Posted: September 12, 2006, 7:54 am - IP Logged

this person definitely has very good luck.some people just have that something extra that allows them to succeed against the odds.hitting once was great but twice is something that hasn't been done but maybe a couple times in the history of the lottery.....

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    Posted: September 12, 2006, 8:17 am - IP Logged

    I truly believe in the power of positive thinking. You can't succeed if you don't try! You have to put yourself out there, and no matter what the odds, know that it can happen! etc. etc etc.

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      Posted: September 12, 2006, 9:55 am - IP Logged

      "The first time I couldn't believe it," Valerie Wilson reportedly told Newsday. "This time I said, 'God's on my side.' "

       It's confirmed....Even God plays the lottery  !

      DD

       

                                     

                    

       

       


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        Posted: September 12, 2006, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

        She may have won the lottery twice. But, she did not win a million dollars either time. This is what happens in a corrupt lottery like NY's, whose next governor, Eliot Spitzer (I voted for him in the Democratic primary this morning), needs to clean up.

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          Posted: September 12, 2006, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

          WOW, what do you say to something like this? When I read her story on line she talked about how the 1st time she bought her child a home ect. she was not stingy at all with it. I think that God just returned the favor.  Congrats to you hun... your living the american dream!

          Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

          COME ON MEGA! MEGA-ME-RICH!

           

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            Posted: September 13, 2006, 2:51 am - IP Logged

            If you won $1 million in lottery money, wouldn't you figure that you'd gotten your share? What would cause you to try for more?

             

            (1)  No.  Everyone has the right to play, rich or poor. 

            (2)  To do exactly what this woman did - keep helping family.

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              Posted: September 13, 2006, 3:08 am - IP Logged

              Just goes to show you that odds and probabilities don't mean jack usually. Anyone has a chance anytime, regardless of how many times they already won.

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                Posted: September 14, 2006, 9:21 am - IP Logged

                Her username should be LottoVal or LuckyVal

                Right Lottomike!! Right lucky

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                  Posted: September 14, 2006, 9:52 am - IP Logged

                  She WON both times playing Scratch-Offs!

                  Congrats to Val!

                  Care to Go for a Third Time! Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: September 14, 2006, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                    What we're going to talk about today was a one-in-a-million shot.

                    OK, technically the chances were 1 in 3,669,120,000,000 that the New York deli worker who won $1 million from a state lottery game four years ago would win another $1 million in the lottery a month ago. The number of zeros stuck at the end of that figure makes her repeat victory just slightly more difficult than a singer winning Simon's approval on "American Idol."

                    "The first time I couldn't believe it," Valerie Wilson reportedly told Newsday. "This time I said, 'God's on my side.' "

                    Now, I don't know if God pays off our faith with lottery winnings. That's a theological question that is as difficult to answer as the one that wonders, "Does God support one NFL team more than the other on any given Sunday, just because one team's pass receivers kneel down in the end zone and point to the sky after touchdowns?"

                    But, regardless of those religious issues, the actions of this particular double-lottery winner do shed some lights on the apparent psychology of at least some of those who play the legalized numbers game.

                    If you won $1 million in lottery money, wouldn't you figure that you'd gotten your share? What would cause you to try for more?

                    But, Wilson kept playing the lottery long after she won a bundle on it. Something must have been driving her to keep gambling on the lottery, and it likely no longer was the need to use winning major money in the lottery as her personal retirement plan. After she won the first million dollars, her future was pretty well set. You only need so much money to buy coffee when you meet other retirees in the diner every morning — even if you're picking up every check.

                    That having been said, surely Wilson had the money to play the lottery after winning her first million, so it would be difficult to criticize her for continuing to bet if she found it fun. And now after her second win, Wilson will have sort of a salary to gamble — her latest windfall will be paid out in $50,000 annual installments — which will more or less free her from worry about whether she wins or loses.

                    Most lottery players lose, of course. States don't set up lotteries as a system to give back tax dollars. You play the lottery, you generally are handing over your money. I suspect that even many of the people who brag about winning $500 in the lottery may have spent $1,000 trying to do it.

                    Big Winners

                    Granted, Wilson probably didn't spend more than the $2 million she won. It would have been difficult physically to scratch that many tickets. Besides, she wouldn't have had too much time to play the lottery since she continued to work in the Long Island deli after she won the first time, according to an Associated Press story published in this newspaper Monday.

                    And, the 54-year-old employee of Emma's Deli and Catering claims she will continue to work, at least for a while, despite now being a multimillionaire.

                    "Wilson plans to keep working until at least December, making sandwiches and ringing up sales," the Associated Press story said.

                    But Wilson appears to be one-in-a-million when it comes to winning the lottery. What would you bet the odds would be against other winners' continuing to work?

                    I'm guessing we'd need more zeros. Most winners would be singing a different tune than Wilson. And Simon would be rolling his eyes.

                    Actually this doesn't defy all the odds. These are two (2) totally different and mutually exclusive events (draws) years apart. The o9dds in this game are in no way related to the odds in the last game she won.

                    It is as if she never won before or that she is a different person.

                    In such cases I have to believe in plain old luck.

                     The odds have not been defied. They still rule. Just as all the people who did not win in either game in which Valerie won.

                    $$$

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                      Posted: September 15, 2006, 11:36 am - IP Logged

                      I can't believe Lottery Post has outed this CIA operative, working undercover as a deli waitress. Ambassador Wilson is going to be looking to do some more frog-marching. Wait'll Fitzgerald gets a hold of this!  Naughty

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                        Posted: September 15, 2006, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

                        After taxes, winning 2 million total is less than a typical Pick-6 payout but still nice anyway. I have one big problem with the story though. The odds as stated are based on one particular person buying only one ticket, winning $1 million, and then waiting a while and buying another only one ticket and winning $1 million again. What they're saying is that they only bought those 2 tickets their entire life and both won? Is it POSSIBLE that after winning the first Million they bought quite a few more and thus the odds were maybe 1,000 to 1 or so?

                        I say this because there was a story on here not long ago about a woman in PA doing the exact same thing.