Cancer patient wins lottery - twice in three months

It's hard to think of anyone that needs to win the lottery more than a cancer patient - particularly in the US, where medical costs can cause bankruptcy.

So when it happens to somebody twice in the space of three months, it's little surprise that the world cheers.

Gina Short, of North Carolina, has been battling breast cancer for the last six years and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Earlier this month, she won $250,000 in the state's All or Nothing lottery. "We kind of didn't believe it," says Gina. "We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it."

Her win would be a life-changing amount - for anyone that hadn't just won £1 million, that is. And back in February, that's exactly what happened, with a win in the Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing.

"If you would have told me, in a million years I still wouldn't have believed you," Gina 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 plans to use the cash to cover her medical treatment.

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It's a heart-warming story - especially given that so many lottery winners appear to be completely undeserving of their luck.

Late last year, for example, we reported on the case of Edward Putman, a convicted rapist who claimed a £2.5 million win. Camelot even believes that his winning ticket was faked - but can't prove it, as it later lost the ticket.

Last year, Ronnie Music, of Georgia in the US, chose an unusual way to invest his $3 million lottery win: funding a crystal meth ring. He was later convicted of federal drug trafficking and firearm charge.

In the UK, the most undeserving lottery winner may be Michael Carroll, the self-styled 'King of Chavs'. Back in 2002, he won £7.7 million, bought a mansion, and promptly started making his neighbours' lives a misery.

He was given an ASBO for harassing his neighbours and was twice jailed for drugs offences and affray - but ended up working in a biscuit factory after blowing his winnings on drugs, parties and prostitutes.

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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