Who says good things don't come in two? As Gina Short, of Mecklenburg County, NC, is discovering, lightning can strike twice--in a live-saving way. Short, who's been battling breast cancer for six years, won $1 million when she and her husband played the North Carolina lottery this past February.
At the time, Short called the lucky win her second chance. "That's what my whole life is about, second chances," she said in a statement, adding that she was going to use the winnings--which, after taxes, came out to $415,000--to undergo more chemotherapy treatments.
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To say she was beyond thrilled is an understatement. Just watch the video of her reaction.
So imagine Short's surprise when she won the lottery AGAIN this week, less than three months after her first big win. She said in a statement that she'd been feeling lucky, and asked her husband to go out and buy a lottery ticket. Lo and behold she beat the 1 in 2.7 million odds of winning the top prize, which this time was $250,000. When they found out they won, they were in "disbelief" mode, Short said. "We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it.”
The money will again be used for chemo. As her husband said, "We’ll use the money for Gina. She’s the priority. She’s No. 1.”
Mecklenburg County cancer patient has a second big lottery win. Help us share the good news! https://t.co/CpmGhAjxTN pic.twitter.com/9SMGbWm7Wp— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) May 4, 2016
Mecklenburg County cancer patient has a second big lottery win. Help us share the good news! https://t.co/CpmGhAjxTN pic.twitter.com/9SMGbWm7Wp
via Huffington Post
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