Discover the incredible story of Joan Ginther, the math teacher who won more than $20 million in the Texas lottery between 1993 and 2010. How did she do it? What is her secret? Dive with us into the mysteries surrounding this woman considered the “best player in history” and “the luckiest woman in the world”.
The fascinating Joan Ginther: mathematical genius or extremely lucky woman?
Joan Ginther, a math teacher, is known as the luckiest woman in the world and also as “the best gambler in history”. She won the Texas Lottery 28 times between 1993 and 2010, accumulating over $20 million in winnings. A calculus major, Joan graduated from Stanford University in California. However, it is difficult to determine if her mathematical skills have anything to do with her repeated lottery successes or if she is just incredibly lucky.
All of Joan Ginther's wins, from first win to multiple wins
Oddly enough, all of Joan's wins, including four first prizes of more than $2 million each, were won in Texas. The first time the public heard of her was in 2010, when the media reported that a 63-year-old woman had won $10 million in the lottery. She had won the top prize in a scratch-off game called Extreme Payout.
This was not Joan's first win, however. In 1993, she had already won $5.4 million. In 2006, she won again, this time taking home $2 million. Two years later, in 2008, she took home another $3 million. Adding up all these wins, Joan has accumulated $20.4 million from lottery games. In addition to these major wins, there have been 24 other minor prizes won over the years.
Luck, an illegal method or a learned calculation?
Many wonder if Joan's successes are simply due to luck, given that the odds of winning at this scratch-off game are one in 18 septillion. Others believe that she may have an illegal method of winning, based on calculating the winning serial numbers of the scratch-off tickets through an algorithm. However, most of the winning tickets were purchased at the same store, the Times Market in Bishop, Texas, making this theory even more difficult to apply.
According to the Texas Lottery Commission, “Joan was born under a lucky star” and they do not seem to suspect an illegal method of winning. It is important to note that the odds worked in her favor, as Joan spent over $3 million on tickets, increasing her chances of success. Although it is not known exactly how much, it is estimated that Joan purchased over 800,000 scratch-off tickets between 1993 and 2010.
Joan Ginther: a mysterious and elusive woman
Joan Ginther currently lives in Las Vegas and stays away from the cameras. Since she won $10 million in 2010, she has not been heard from again, except for her move from Bishop to Las Vegas. This destination is a rather curious choice of residence for someone with such good fortune.
The story of Joan Ginther, the mysterious math teacher and multiple lottery winner, continues to intrigue and fascinate. Her secret is still safe, but one thing is certain: with 28 wins to her credit, Joan Ginther will forever be remembered in the history of gambling.