KEY POINTS

  • An Ontario senior citizen won the local lottery twice in one year
  • He plans to spend his winnings on his family and for future investments
  • He earned a total of US$117,000 from his two winnings

An Ontario resident had a very incredible stroke of luck after winning the lottery for the second time in a year. 

Robert MacDonald walked away with a CA$100,000 (US$78,000) prize on Sept. 8, roughly 11 months after winning CA$50,000 (US$39,000) in October last year. 

In total, the 77-year-old man has won over US$117,000.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. in Toronto confirmed that MacDonald hit the jackpot after matching six out of seven Encore numbers in their Lottario draw.

MacDonald discovered that he won the prize after he scanned the ticket he bought at a Circle K gas station in Fennel Avenue, Insauga reported. 

The OLG recognized MacDonald as a regular bettor. His favorite games are Lottario, Ontario 49, Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49. He plans to spend his winnings on his family, while the rest are for future investments. 

MacDonald also offered advice to fellow lottery players: "If you stay positive, your time will come, as well," said MacDonald.

However, MacDonald is not the first person to win the lottery jackpot twice. 

According to a list by Lovemoney, several people have been lucky enough to win the lottery more than twice. New Yorker Armand Paganelli, Virginia's Deborah Brown and Stefan Mandel all have won multiple times. 

Mandel, a Romanian-Australian, won the lottery jackpot 14 times. Paganelli won it 16 times while Brown won the lottery 30 times. 

Mandel, a Romanian-Australian, won his 14th lottery jackpot worth $27 million in the Virginia State Lottery in 1992, after buying all combination numbers. Mandel became popular after revealing that he used a math formula to determine the winning combinations. 

Paganelli, meanwhile, purchased 16 winning tickets in just two years, between 2013 and 2014. He amassed $625,000 in total from all his winning combinations. 

Brown won 30 times in a single day netting $150,000 in 2019. She purchased 30 'Pick 4' tickets, all with the exact combination of numbers. Fortunately for Brown, her combination of numbers came out as the winning combination. 

powerball lottery Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on Jan. 3, 2018, in San Anselmo, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images