Lucky school worker wins two huge lottery jackpots in just 18 months

Peter Alley, Maine, lottery winner

Peter Alley, 59, won two jackpots against astronomically low odds in just a 18-month span. (Picture: Facebook/Getty Images)

A lucky school worker won two huge lottery jackpots totaling $600,000 just 18 months apart.

Peter Alley, 59, won his second massive payout last month from a a $20 lottery ticket he bought in Portland, Maine.

Alley, a custodian at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, bought the ticket at a gas station that ended up winning him $500,000, according to lottery officials.

It was not his first big lottery haul, however. In December 2017, Alley bought a $5 scratch-off ticket at a Circle K convenience store that netted him a $100,000 grand prize.

The odds of winning either of the games individually were incredibly low – but the odds of winning them both was an astonishing one in 36.2 billion.

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Angie Helton, a Maine lottery spokeswoman, confirmed on Monday that Alley bought both tickets.



Alley had notably been awarded another cash prize in the past for an act of heroism.

It saw him given a medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, which recognizes individuals who risk their lives to save others across North America.

He was given the gong and an accompanying $4,000 reward for pulling 52-year-old Gary Alley from the drivers seat of a burning pickup truck in January 2016.

Despite their last names, the two are not related.

According to the commission, Garys car slid on a patch of ice and struck a tree. A fire broke out in the vehicles engine and began to spread as smoke filled the cabin.


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