Durham man beats lottery odds up to 1 in 490 billion

From staff reportsJanuary 24, 2014 

— A Durham man has won a combined $1,150,000 with two scratch-off lottery tickets bought at the same store in the last two years, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

The lottery says “good luck” has twice visited Keith McClintock, who claimed a $1 million prize on Wednesday. That may be an understatement.

The combined odds of winning the $150,000 top prize for “Aces High” followed by the $1 million top prize in “Holiday Gold” are about 1 in 490 billion, assuming McClintock bought only one ticket for each game.

The odds of the individual top prizes were 1 in 816,000 and 1 in 600,000.

In other words, don’t count on it. Even so, McClintock is playing for “the trifecta,” he told lottery officials.

McClintock, described by lottery officials as a small business owner, used his prior winnings money to pay for college, medical expenses and cars. His recent $1 million win, which paid out a $415,203 lump sum, will go in part toward a new kitchen.

In all, he paid $15 for the winning tickets. He likes that the ticket purchases go toward education, according to lottery officials. McClintock was back at work on Thursday, but he was unavailable for comment.

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