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Virginia Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in 1 Month
The Root ^ | March 31, 2014 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr.

Posted on 03/31/2014 3:44:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Calvin and Zatera Spencer have been having an epic month.

On March 12 the Portsmouth, Va., couple won a $1 million Powerball drawing. Then, on March 26, Calvin Spencer won $50,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game. The next day he dropped his wife off at an appointment and stopped at a 7-Eleven in Norfolk to get a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratcher ticket. He scratched the ticket and realized that he had won the $1 million prize, News Channel 3 in Virginia reports.

"Baby, we did it again!" he told his wife.

According to the news station, the Spencers had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000, before taxes, in the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza win. They chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: gambling; lottery; virginia
Wow.
1 posted on 03/31/2014 3:44:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Wow.”

Good for them, but now millions of poor people will be induced to fruitlessly blow the milk money on lottery tickets.

2 posted on 03/31/2014 3:49:29 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God protect them from the ravages of reckless living.


3 posted on 03/31/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: beef

Which is why the lottery was set up in the first place.


4 posted on 03/31/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: beef
Yes, I recall reading a Washington Post story 5 years or so ago and the paper had analyzed lottery purchases by zip code. The poorest zip code had the most purchases and the wealthiest zip code had zero purchases (no business sold any lottery tickets/scratchers in the zip code).
5 posted on 03/31/2014 3:54:23 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: Dave W

I can believe that.

That said, I buy the occasional ticket. What you get is a $1 bookmark at worst, and the pleasure of considering how you could crush your enemies if you won.

My boss told me it is a tax on people bad at math, to which I replied... “At 180 million to 1, it’s much better odds than getting rich working for you.”


6 posted on 03/31/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Dave W

You can’t stop it; the mob would just step into the void. I wonder how long before this couple winds up worse off than when they started. I give them 5 years max.


7 posted on 03/31/2014 3:57:46 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"My boss told me it is a tax on people bad at math, to which I replied... “At 180 million to 1, it’s much better odds than getting rich working for you.”"

Profound!

8 posted on 03/31/2014 3:59:02 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They can buy a lot of lottery tickets with that!!


9 posted on 03/31/2014 4:01:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Mathematically speaking, the odds of winning the lottery are the same whether you play or not.


10 posted on 03/31/2014 4:02:34 PM PDT by zeebee (There are no coincidences.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’ve got a time machine, or an inside track. My bet: the latter.


11 posted on 03/31/2014 4:06:01 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: zeebee

Rounded off, you are right. I once calculated your chances of winning the Powerball in my state, rounded off to 6 places of the decimal, was exactly 0.


12 posted on 03/31/2014 4:07:15 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’ll be gone in 5 yrs.

Know of some people who got money from the black farmers settlement and most have nothing left.

Easy money not earned goes fast.


13 posted on 03/31/2014 4:07:17 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: backwoods-engineer

That might explain the regular lottery wins, but what about the scratch-off?


14 posted on 03/31/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: RginTN
Easy money not earned goes fast.

I know "someone" like that spending not-earned money as fast as they can. They somehow got a hold of a bundle to the tune of $17 Trillion.

15 posted on 03/31/2014 4:14:10 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

$1 mil + $50 thou + $1 mil...

think of the winnings now if they just go now and buy up $2,050,000 worth of tickets!


16 posted on 03/31/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: beef
Yes, the stories of those who won the lottery and their lives afterwards - some have lived lives of horror - don't quite fully understand why.
17 posted on 03/31/2014 4:19:37 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: GeronL

Knew a guy who hit $77,777 on a scratch off.

Spend the majority of it buying whole rolls of tickets trying to win again.

About 6 months later, all he had to show for it was a slightly newer used car.


18 posted on 03/31/2014 4:20:11 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

Probably typical of winners too


19 posted on 03/31/2014 4:21:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Mark my words, they will be exposed as cheaters.


20 posted on 03/31/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT by TheConservator ("I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AND THEN the state of Virginia and the Federal Givernment showed up for THEIR TAKE...

Democrats LOVE victims and HATE winners..
SOoooo the (givernment)s involved made them VICTIMS,,,

The logic of this is bazaar...


21 posted on 03/31/2014 4:35:48 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can not win if you do not play.

My guess is that these people were professional lottery players, probably have spent thousands over the years. Looks like it finally paid off.

Now, somebody check the welfare rolls, and if they are on it, maybe the state should get a cut (above and beyond the state income taxes they are already gonna have to pay).


22 posted on 03/31/2014 4:35:49 PM PDT by tonyinv (I no longer care enough to even say 'I told you so')
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To: RginTN

“It’ll be gone in 5 yrs.

Know of some people who got money from the black farmers settlement and most have nothing left.

Easy money not earned goes fast.”

Yep, the tipoff was them taking the lump sum. It’ll burn a hole in their pocket until it’s gone.


23 posted on 03/31/2014 4:42:46 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BEWARE THE RELATIVES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPRdj1Ce4ao


24 posted on 03/31/2014 4:42:58 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Lottery never appealed to me. Way too boring. Plus it reeks of desperation. It would be embarrassing to me to purchase lottery tickets - especially scratch tickets. I always think about those people I see at the convenience store buying a strip of them and them rubbing them off on the dashboard of their idling cars in the parking lot. Once in a while you'll see them bounce back in to cash in a small prize (and perhaps buy more tickets) but more often than not, they will shift the car into reverse and slowly back out of their space with a "what am I going to tell the wife" look on their face. So sad.

I sometimes get these scratch cards around Christmastime as gifts. I can never make heads or tails out of them. They are complicated. I wonder if I threw away any prizes because I couldn't figure out if the ticket was a winner or not.

Anyway, when I'm in the mood for gambling, I'd much rather be at a casino sitting at a blackjack table. Getting free drinks and watching the people around me. I play pure basic strategy which only gives the House about a half point advantage. So with a couple hundred dollars, I can sit at a table for hours before it runs out. Sometimes I get on a hot streak and walk away a winner. Either way, it's a lot more fun than scratching cards in a cold parking lot.

25 posted on 03/31/2014 4:45:30 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: backwoods-engineer

Yup, the odds are about 4,000,000 x 200,000 x 4,000,000. Not going to happen ( without a little inside help).


26 posted on 03/31/2014 4:46:59 PM PDT by heights
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To: Tijeras_Slim

We give tickets in lieu of birthday cards etc. they cost the same and are a lot more fun!


27 posted on 03/31/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: digger48

My in laws won $50,000 in the Fantasy Five a few years back. Lucky ducks. :-)


28 posted on 03/31/2014 4:57:10 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good for them but if they were smart, they’d quit while they are ahead and learn how to invest what they have.


29 posted on 03/31/2014 5:20:43 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
My boss told me it is a tax on people bad at math, to which I replied... “At 180 million to 1, it’s much better odds than getting rich working for you.”

What did you do? Is the job still open?

30 posted on 03/31/2014 5:23:44 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

yup..cause their money will be safe in the “market”.

/sarc


31 posted on 03/31/2014 5:37:35 PM PDT by tonyinv (I no longer care enough to even say 'I told you so')
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To: beef

There’s nothing wrong with the lottery. Even the colonists bought lottery tickets to fund the Revolution.


32 posted on 03/31/2014 5:39:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: null and void

For some reason my bosses have all been frightened of me... can’t imagine why...

He left the company, I’m still here... tormenting the new boss... same and the old boss...


33 posted on 03/31/2014 5:59:36 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Track9

“God protect them from the ravages of reckless living.”

Exactly what I was thinking. It is said that many winners, of large lottery jackpots, end up broker and deeper in debt.


34 posted on 03/31/2014 6:09:39 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: TheConservator

I had the same thought. Years ago there was an marketing company Simon marketing who was running a Monopoly game sweepstakes for McDonald’s some of their employees were indicted because they had rigged the game by stealing the winning game pieces and keeping them for themselves and or giving them to other people for a share or a cut of the winnings.


35 posted on 03/31/2014 6:14:57 PM PDT by funfan
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To: beef
millions of poor people will be induced to fruitlessly blow the milk money on lottery tickets

It sure wasn't fruitless for these two.

36 posted on 03/31/2014 6:20:51 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: C210N

lol, good one :)


37 posted on 03/31/2014 6:21:13 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Right Wing Assault

38 posted on 03/31/2014 6:22:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: beef
Good for them, but now millions of poor people will be induced to fruitlessly blow the milk money on lottery tickets.

Ain't that the truth! You see them all the time, particularly at 7-11 stores, laying out as much as $50 a pop for lottery tickets. I would suggest that high schools offer personal finance courses (maybe they do, but not in my day), but, unfortunately, these kind of people wouldn't pay attention to the lessons, anyway.

39 posted on 03/31/2014 6:32:55 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: tonyinv

I was thinking of them investing in themselves.


40 posted on 03/31/2014 6:43:03 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: OldPossum
laying out as much as $50 a pop for lottery tickets...

Sad to see hard earned money go down the drain so easily. Couldn't they at least use EBT money, as they do here in MA?

41 posted on 03/31/2014 6:46:06 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: beef

“...but now millions of poor people will be induced to fruitlessly blow the milk money on lottery tickets.”

Hey, beef, it has been happening for years already. And it is not just the ‘poor’ people paying this optional ‘tax’. I do not pay it. It is a tax on the people that is optional. And govt will confiscate the milk money with or without the lotteries.

Lotteries are a ‘tax’. So, don’t pay the damn tax.


42 posted on 03/31/2014 9:46:41 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: C210N; ClearCase_guy
Couldn't they at least use EBT money, as they do here in MA?We could have a built in lottery ticket allowance for welfare people. It's a constitutional right! /s
43 posted on 04/01/2014 2:37:45 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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