Pure Luck or Voodoo? Mom and Daughter Enjoy a Fifth Lotto Win

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Lottery ticket and penTalk about good genes.

Growing up, Kimberly—now 35—watched her mother, Amy, win four separate lottery jackpots, but she never imagined that the winning streak ran in the family.

“I figured my mom was hogging all the luck,” she said.

This past week, Kimberly proved that she’s got the get-rich-instantly gene too, with her own winning scratch-off ticket that scored her a cool $100,000.

“Overwhelming—but it’s a good kind of overwhelming,” is how she described the experience.

We bet.

This brings the mother and daughter’s total lottery winnings to an incredible $15.8 million. The streak began 20 years ago, when Amy bought a Lotto jackpot ticket worth $15.5 million. The windfall came at the perfect time: Her husband’s salary had recently been halved, while Amy was unemployed and caring for Kimberly. The family used the money to pay off their debts, then moved to North Carolina.

Several years later, Amy won again after playing the Carolina Cash 5 lottery game, which added $161,172 to the tally. A year later, she followed that up with two $1,000 wins.

Now Kimberly’s poised to cash in: Her winnings of $68,001 after taxes will enable her to pay off her student loans and have enough left over to treat herself to a Mini Cooper, too.

In this case, then, the saying is true: Like mother, like daughter.

What do you think? Are Kimberly and her mom merely lucky, or does it take more than that to rack up five lotto wins?

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  • Anonymous

    While it is interesting and kind of cute to read about such a unique coincidence, I think this is a bit irresponsible for a website dedicated to helping women get out of debt and living financially independent lives to post an article promoting the lottery.  Just my opinion…

  • Janet

    her mom won 15.8 million but she still had to take out student loans?

    • YAHOO

      i was just thinking the same THING!

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • http://twitter.com/sunkcosts slug

    Just remember you’re probably more likely to die in the car trip to buy the lottery tickets than to actual win the jackpot.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Slug & Anon.: We totally agree. LearnVest is thrilled that Kimberly and her mom made a mint playing the lottery, but playing the odds is never a good long-term strategy for getting out of debt. On the other hand, our new budgeting tools in the MyMoneyCenter can truly help. So we official file their wins as a “Don’t Try This at Home” financial strategy.

  • Akrieg

    You have to pay the lottery a lot to win at all, if you don’t play you don’t win.  It’s a gamble and doesn’t seem like a worthy investment of my money.  And agreed – make 15 million and can’t pay for your daughters education, doesn’t sound like a very stable money situation to me.

  • Sheila

    I’d like to know how much they spent on tickets and why didn’t they stop after winning the $15 million.  I’ll admit to buying an occasional ticket, but this sounds more like an addiction.  And just where did all that money go?