Woman With Breast Cancer Beat the Odds and Won the Lottery Twice in Three Months
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, a women from North Carolina has gone on a well deserved winning streak.
Gina Short beat the odds for the second time this year and won the lottery. Short won the top prize of $250,000 in the All or Nothing lottery game beating 1 in 2.7 million odds.
“We’re still in disbelief mode,” Short said in a statement to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
A long time player of the All or Nothing lottery, Short recently took a break from playing the game. A few weeks ago she asked her husband to buy a $2 ticket from Publix super market after “a feeling the game was going to be lucky.”
“We kind of didn’t believe it,” Short shared. “We checked the same ticket six or seven times because we thought we misread it.”
After taking out federal and state taxes, Short received $173,125 from the drawing. However, this isn’t the first time Short has won the lottery. This past February, Short won $1 million in the Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing. Her ticket was picked from more than 1.2 million entries.
Short was shocked when she found out she won the grand prize, dropping to the floor in excitement. She chose the lump sum payment walking away with $415,500.
— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) February 15, 2016
“It’s not something you can put into words,” Gina’s husband Len said. “For us to have the good fortune of winning not just one big prize but two, we are just very thankful for that.”
Short’s string of good luck comes amid hardships after being diagnosed with breast cancer about six years ago. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy for her treatment.
“With what Gina’s been going through this helps,” Short’s husband Len shared. “We’ll use the money for Gina. She’s the priority. She’s number one.”