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was she lucky or smart?
Joan R. Ginther, a 63-year-old woman from Texas, has won multiple million dollar payouts four times over two decades. First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, $2 million, then two years later $3 million and in the spring of 2008, she won $10 million.
The odds of this winning streak have been calculated at one in eighteen septillion. If this were 'luck,' it could only happen once every quadrillion years.
According to Harper's reporter Nathanial Rich, who recently wrote an article about the lotto winner, Ms. Ginther is a former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specializing in statistics