Lucky lotto player wins $1M -- twice - WNEM TV 5

Lucky lotto player wins $1M -- twice

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People say lightning never strikes twice, but don't tell Joseph Palmarchuk that -- the man won a million dollars in the lottery -- twice in just the last two years!

And Palmarchuk told TV5 he doesn't think his lucky streak is over yet.

"The odds of against winning one are astronomical. To win two are just unbelievable," said Palmarchuk. He's won two different lottery games in two different states within two years. The prize money he's raked in is just over $2 million.

"Yeah, ha, ha, it's nice, what can you say," said Palmarchuk, who currently lives in Mecosta County.

And once Palmarchuk hit the numbers a second time, he says it only took a matter of days before his phone started becoming a problem.

"I'll bet you we answered a hundred-plus phone calls, within two hours," said Palmarchuk. "We finally took the phone off the hook and shut it off."

Most people might say the Palmarchuks are pretty lucky. They won once and they won twice and according to Joe, he feels at least one or two more coming.

"Within  the next three years ... Megaball or Powerball. Now my wife and my daughter laughed at me when I said it the last time," said Palmarchuk. "This time, they're not laughing as hard, but they're still laughing."

He is getting worldwide attention because of the big win.  Which leads him to wonder...

"There's articles, newspaper articles and stuff from all different countries. Germany, China, Jamaican press, all of them have published it because it's the second time," said Palmarchuk. "I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I hit the third time."

Palmarchuk says the winnings from the first lottery have all been spent on his bucket list and helping family. He says the new jackpot will go towards buying a place somewhere warmer.

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