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North Carolina Education Lottery officials said a woman who has been battling breast cancer for six years has won the lottery two times in the past three months.

Gina Short, from Mecklenburg County, claimed her $250,000 All or Nothing prize last Wednesday — just months after she snagged $1 million in the Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing, lottery officials said in a statement.

"We're still in disbelief mode," Short said.

Officials said Short, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, celebrated her $1 million victory in February. Video released by the state lottery shows her falling to the floor and holding her head when she discovers that she has won.

She's presented with a giant check, and others are seen throwing confetti, clapping and cheering.

Her entry was drawn from more than 1.2 million others, officials said in February.

"If you would have told me, in a million years I still wouldn't have believed you," Short said at the time. "I would have said, 'No you've got the wrong girl,' because that's what I said to them when they told me I had cancer, 'No you've got the wrong girl.'"

She added that the prize — a lump-sum payment of $415,500, after taxes — would help her in her fight.

"I have a second chance," she said at the time. "That's what my whole life is about, second chances."

A few weeks ago, Short said, she was feeling lucky again, so she asked her husband to grab a $2 Quick Pick ticket at a local pharmacy.

On April 29, she beat the odds again in the All or Nothing game, in which players either have to match all 12 numbers or none of them at all.

Officials said Short did not get a match, resulting in a $250,000 prize — worth $173,125 after federal and state tax withholdings.

"We kind of didn't believe it," she said in a statement released by the lottery. "We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it."

The odds of winning the quarter-million prize were 1 in 2.7 million, according to the state lottery.

Short's husband, Len, said they plan to use the money to help cover her treatment costs.

"It's not something you can put into words," he said. "For us to have the good fortune of winning not just one big prize, but two — we are just very thankful for that."

VIDEO: Watch her priceless reaction

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Posted: May 10, 2016, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

 Congratulations to Gina Short!!  What beautiful surprises in her life. WOWShocked

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    Posted: May 10, 2016, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

    I'd really like to see her win a third time.

    Never give up.  Banana

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      Posted: May 10, 2016, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

      Includes video report

      North Carolina Education Lottery officials said a woman who has been battling breast cancer for six years has won the lottery two times in the past three months.

      Gina Short, from Mecklenburg County, claimed her $250,000 All or Nothing prize last Wednesday — just months after she snagged $1 million in the Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing, lottery officials said in a statement.

      "We're still in disbelief mode," Short said.

      Officials said Short, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, celebrated her $1 million victory in February. Video released by the state lottery shows her falling to the floor and holding her head when she discovers that she has won.

      She's presented with a giant check, and others are seen throwing confetti, clapping and cheering.

      Her entry was drawn from more than 1.2 million others, officials said in February.

      "If you would have told me, in a million years I still wouldn't have believed you," Short said at the time. "I would have said, 'No you've got the wrong girl,' because that's what I said to them when they told me I had cancer, 'No you've got the wrong girl.'"

      She added that the prize — a lump-sum payment of $415,500, after taxes — would help her in her fight.

      "I have a second chance," she said at the time. "That's what my whole life is about, second chances."

      A few weeks ago, Short said, she was feeling lucky again, so she asked her husband to grab a $2 Quick Pick ticket at a local pharmacy.

      On April 29, she beat the odds again in the All or Nothing game, in which players either have to match all 12 numbers or none of them at all.

      Officials said Short did not get a match, resulting in a $250,000 prize — worth $173,125 after federal and state tax withholdings.

      "We kind of didn't believe it," she said in a statement released by the lottery. "We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it."

      The odds of winning the quarter-million prize were 1 in 2.7 million, according to the state lottery.

      Short's husband, Len, said they plan to use the money to help cover her treatment costs.

      "It's not something you can put into words," he said. "For us to have the good fortune of winning not just one big prize, but two — we are just very thankful for that."

      VIDEO: Watch her priceless reaction

      LfhF4eYNx7IBreast cancer patient wins lottery second timeNorth Carolina Education Lottery officials said a woman who has been battling breast cancer for six years has won the lottery two times in the past three months. Here, she reacts to the good news.T00M19Shttps://img.youtube.com/vi/LfhF4eYNx7I/1.jpghttps://youtu.be/LfhF4eYNx7I2016-05-10T13:10:00-05:00

      News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

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        Posted: May 10, 2016, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to her.  If anyone deserves it, it's her...

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          Posted: May 10, 2016, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations and the best of luck to her as she continues her fight!!

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            Posted: May 10, 2016, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

            Just a terrific story. Really happy for her!

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              Posted: May 10, 2016, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

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              That's just unbelievable. I wonder if she contacted some kind of psychic for help for this/these winnings?

              Like for instance:  "The Psychic Friends Network", or "California Psychics", or "Psych Me, Psych You".

              But I hope she continues a successful fight. And continued good luck.

              • Don't chase the numbers you play.
              • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
              • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                        (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                Posted: May 10, 2016, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

                Oh Gina- That is just wonderful.More Power to you Girl.Party

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                  Posted: May 10, 2016, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

                  PartyGreat story, Congrats Gina.

                  Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                  For a lead role in a cage?

                   

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                    Posted: May 11, 2016, 12:05 am - IP Logged

                    What a thrilling situation to be in again, Gina! Banana

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                      Posted: May 11, 2016, 6:30 am - IP Logged

                      WOW,WOW,WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY!Dance CONGRATULATIONS, AGAIN!! If anyone deserves to win It's YOU, I agree with the other comments posted, I am extremely HAPPY for your Lotto Winnings, May Blessings continue to come your way, I will Pray for YOU and YOUR"S that you are Healthy again and continue to win so you can enjoy your winnings instead of paying Dr, bills with it, although I'm glad you have won what you have so you can pay them, that does take some of the burden off, MANY BLESSINGS Disney

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                        Posted: May 11, 2016, 6:33 am - IP Logged

                        I'd really like to see her win a third time.

                        I DOUBLE THAT!Hurray!

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                          Yes ! Love when good things happen to deserving people !    WTG Gina ! Banana

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