The lottery winners who beat the odds - twice

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Winning the lottery would change your life: that one stroke of good fortune would transform your fortunes forever, so you would think that after a big win, most people would assume their lottery days were over forever. However, for some people, once isn't enough. After winning the lottery, they keep playing, and in the face of almost impossible odds - they win twice.

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Most recently it was a California teenager, Rosa Dominguez, who bought two $5 lottery scratch cards within a few days of each other, and scooped massive winnings from each. In total her winnings were worth £508,000. She bought both tickets at different petrol stations, and said she would use her prize money to buy a new car.

It seems unimaginably lucky, but it has happened before. In fact, it's far more common than you would think. Here are five of our favourite double-winners:

1. In May, a woman from Brisbane picked up £1.58 million in the Gold Lotto. She revealed at the time that she'd won £9,704 in the lottery just two days earlier.

2. In May, Gina Short of North Carolina celebrated her second win in the space of three months. She won £1 million back in February and £250,000 in May. She has been battling breast cancer for six years, so the money came in very handy.

It has happened in the UK too - a few times.

3. One of the most dramatic double wins was Mike McDermott, who won £194,501 in 2002 - and then £121,157 a few months later. Most impressively, he picked up the second win using the same numbers as the first. The boffins calculated that he had beaten odds of more than five trillion to one.

4. It also happened in 2015, when Jane and Alan Slater from the Isle of Wight won just under £150,000 - twice. In this case both of them had bought a ticket using the same numbers, for the same draw. Alan checked his ticket after coming in from a night shift, while Jane forgot hers and only realised she'd bought a second ticket for the draw when the dog dislodged a pile of papers in the car, and unearthed it.

5. But the biggest double win in the UK went to David and Kathleen Long from Scunthorpe (pictured), who won £1 million in 2013, and another £1 million in 2015. They beat odds of over 238 billion to one, by picking up special EuroMillions raffle prizes. At the time of the second win, the pair were still living in their static caravan in Scunthorpe, but had treated the family, bought a car, and even got married - after being engaged for 12 years.

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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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