We would be lying if we said that we have never fantasised about winning the lottery. In fact, we are sure that most people would be lying if they said that! The odds of winning, however, generally tend to work against us. That is unless you are Rolf Rhodes. In the last 18 months, Rolf has had a streak of luck that can hardly be believed. In this article, we will look at the story of Rolf Rhodes and how he became a lottery winner not once, but twice!
Rolf’s First Win
Rolf, a resident of Mendon, Massachusetts, decided on May 22, 2008, to stop at a Mac Package Store in Milford. He walked in and purchased a $10 ‘Hit $1,000’ scratcher. The scratch card was issued by the Massachusetts State Lottery and gave players the chance to win up to $1 million. Unbelievably, Rolf scratched the card and discovered that he was the winner and that he had just become $1 million richer.
Beating odds of 1 in 1.68 million, Rolf accepted his prize in the form of a cash lump sum. After the penalty for taking it all at once, Rolf still walked away with around $650,000 before taxes.
Rolf Tries Again
Following his big win, Rolf still occasionally purchased scratchers to some of his favourite games. On October 30, 2019, Rolf once again decided to indulge his itch to scratch a card and bought another $10 scratcher-this time for the ‘$4,000,000 Instant Jackpot’ game.
Unbelievably, just 18 months after winning his first million, Rolf once again managed to claim a hefty prize and won $1 million. What the odds of the same person winning another million we don’t know, but they must be astronomical.
Planning for the Future
After his second win, Rolf decided that he did not need the cash injection and that he would rather have the money kept safe so that he could enjoy it for a long time into the future. For this reason, he opted to have his winnings paid out in annuity payments over a period of 20 years. This breakup of his winnings means that he will receive 20 annual payments that each equal $50,000 before taxes. Clearly, Rolf was a person who knew exactly what to do after winning the lottery-something many other winners never seem to grasp.
Looking Into the Future
Not much is known about what Rolf has been up to after claiming his second big win. However, we assume that he will be relaxing and enjoying his winnings for a long time yet to come. And, hopefully, if he does continue purchasing scratchers, his luck will continue and he will be able to continue claiming big winnings. While that might sound impossible, there are quite a few people who have been multi-jackpot winners, so it’s truly best to never say never.
For those who say that luck is fleeting or that lightning never strikes the same place twice, just take a look at Rolf. Against all the odds, he made himself a two-time millionaire with only $20. And, if you would like to try your luck but don’t feel like going out to look for a scratcher, we recommend taking a look at our best online scratch cards to see if there is something that might just satisfy your itch and win you a decent chunk of cash.