'Lucky' woman who won lottery four times outed as Stanford University statistics PhD

By Rachel Quigley

She was called the luckiest woman in the world.

But now that luck is being called into question by some who think that winning the lottery four times is more than just a coincidental spell of good fortune.

Joan R. Ginther, 63, from Texas, won multiple million dollar payouts each time.

Lady luck? Joan Ginther has won the Texas lottery four times, but is it remarkable good fortune or beating the system?

Lady luck? Joan Ginther has won the Texas lottery four times, but is it remarkable good fortune or beating the system?

Luck?: Ms Ginther won four lots of vast sums on lottery scratch cards, half of which were bought at the same mini mart

Luck?: Ms Ginther won four lots of vast sums on lottery scratch cards, half of which were bought at the same mini mart

First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2million, then two years later $3million and in the summer of 2010, she hit a $10million jackpot.

The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.

Harper's reporter Nathanial Rich recently wrote an article about Ms Ginther, which calls the the validity of her 'luck' into question.

First, he points out, Ms Ginther is a former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specialising in statistics.

A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: 'When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later.'

Money bags: First, Ms Ginther won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot

Money bags: First, Ms Ginther won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot

Although Ms Ginther now