A Texan aged 63 has won at scratch-off card games every two years since 2006. In 1993 she also won a lottery bringing her total winnings to over $20m. Which is amazingly coincidental. But what if a seemingly ordinary person somehow managed to narrow the odds and beat the system, goddamnit? An American newspaper might say slim pickin's. TheBigRetort says...
Joan Rae Ginther’s luck began in 1993, when she won $5.4 million dollars on a game known as “Lotto Texas“.
Another win thirteen years later in 2006 netted her $2m.
Curiously, every two years since that date, she has won at scratch off games, two cards having been bought at her local store.
In 1993 she won $5.4 million; the odds: 1 in 15.8 million; in 2006 she won $2 million in a scratch off game; the odds: 1 in 1,028,338; in 2008 she won $3 million in a scratch off; odds: 1 in 909,000.
Her latest win in 2010, also a scratch off, was for $10 million; odds of winning: 1 in 1,200,000.
In fact experts contend that the odds of winning four…
Police in Philadelphia recently discovered four abused and vulnerable adults shackled together in a dank cellar where they were being held captive, with dogs for cell mates. Officers also discovered a teenage girl. Three people have been arrested. It has been widely claimed that one of the captors, Linda Ann Weston, 51, served time in prison for a similar crime. TheBigRetort… but she didn’t.
In November 1981, Bernado Ramos was reported missing by his mother.
His body was found in a closet two weeks later.
Linda Weston, 23, and Venus Weston, 21 his lover, were later charged and convicted with his captivity and murder.
Apparently Bernado had been the father of Venus’s child but refused to support it. It was his last mistake.
The Weston sisters had beat him with a broomstick and eventually starved him to death in the cupboard.
A remarkably similar modus operandi when compared with the current charges.
However, Linda Weston, now charged with abduction and enslavement in the more recen…
[Engraving, Copyright (c) Jim Westergard. Used with his kind permission.] On the 1st January 1908, following a remarkable wager, a man wearing an iron mask set off on an astonishing 30,000 mile journey around the world - then disappeared. TheBigRetort... The Great Iron Mask HoaxIn previous posts I
detailed the extraordinary saga of 33-year-old Harry Bensley, who
accepted a bet made between an American philanthropist and an English
nobleman: to push a pram around the world, with his face encased
inside an iron mask, for a purse of $100,000. Many sighting were
recorded of "The Mask” at that time but then... he inexplicably
vanished. TheBigRetort: where in the world did The Mask go?Almost one year
after the wager made between Harry Bensley aka The Man in the Iron Mask, a publication known as “ Answers” (December
19th, 1908, pi63) received a response to this same question; it has
remained buried until now.
The respondent – who remained
anonymous - had a very interesting tale to tell:…