Wayne Murray Hits Multi-Million Scratch-Off Jackpot Twice in Two Years
People say that luck is blind but this doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to Brooklyn resident Wayne Murray. The extremely lucky man has won $10 million playing scratch-off lottery tickets not once but twice. He first won in 2022 and then he did so again this year. Furthermore, he wasn’t even playing particularly expensive cards.
A Winning Streak in Scratch-Off Lotteries
Murray's journey to becoming a local sensation began with modest lottery ticket purchases. His latest win came from two tickets for the New York Lottery 200X game, each costing $30. This modest investment led to his second $10-million win.
Murray chose the lump sum payment option, netting him $6,122,400. This choice is available to all New York state lottery winners, who can opt for either annual instalments with lower taxes or a lump sum with a higher tax rate. Murray made the same choice in 2022 after winning with a Black Titanium scratch-off ticket.
Unbelievably Small Odds of Winning Twice
The likelihood of winning the lottery twice in successive years is extraordinarily low. For context, the odds of winning the Black Titanium jackpot are 1 in 3.53 million, and for the 200x game, it's 1 in 3.64 million. Murray, who kept his 2022 win a secret until recently, seems to have an unusual streak of luck. In addition to his lottery fortune, he inherited property from a relative in 2021. Little is known about his future plans, but if Murray wins again next year, it would not be surprising if he decides to go public with the news.