The chances of getting a $1 million lottery ticket are slim. Winning the same lottery twice is rarer still.
Yet an Indianapolis man defied the odds twice, winning his second $1 million prize in three months.
Robert Hamilton claimed his $1 million from the Hoosier Lottery Commission July 22, according to a news release. He purchased the ticket in the $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off from a Speedway on South East Street.
After taxes, Hamilton collected $792,846.04, according to the website.
Hamilton won another $1 million prize in the same game three months earlier, on April 28. He told the commission he stopped by a Casey's in Jasonville on his way to a conference and purchased the winning ticket there.
"It's the icing on the cake," Hamilton said, as he claimed his second prize.
The odds of winning the $1 million prize on that game are one in 2.1 million, according to the news release. Five of the $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off prizes remain unclaimed.
With his first prize, Hamilton bought a house with his wife, Donna; paid some bills; scheduled a vacation; bought a truck for his father; and purchased equipment for his commercial trash-hauling company.
This time around, Hamilton said he plans to buy a motorcycle.
Donna Hamilton said she and her husband wouldn't let the winnings go to their heads.
"We're just everyday, normal people," she said.