An Altoona man reportedly recently won the lottery for the fourth time in his lifetime and took home a prize of $1 million, taking his winning streak earnings to a total of nearly $5 million.

The lucky lottery player, identified as Mike Luciano, 55, won $1 million in the Pennsylvania Lottery after purchasing a $20 scratch-off ticket on Jan. 6. This is the fourth time Luciano has won the lottery and the third time in the last six years, Centre Daily Times reported.

Apart from the $1 million that he won on Jan. 6, Luciano also bagged $500,000 from the state lottery last year, and a $3-million prize from a scratch-off ticket in 2016, as well as $100,000 in 1999, taking his winning streak to a total of $4.6 million.

Luciano reportedly made a stop at Imler’s Poultry and then ventured across the street to Rutter’s on Route 764 to play a video gaming machine his late mother, Rita, enjoyed. While playing the video gaming machine at Rutter's, Luciano decided to buy a scratch-off ticket on a whim, United Press International reported.

“I just want to thank everybody for their texts and nice messages,” he said.

After he won $500,000 in January 2021, Luciano confessed his addiction to gambling and urged people not to follow in his footsteps.

“I’m convinced no one wins this many times without playing more than they should,” he said.

"I'm addicted to it. People shouldn't do what I do," he added. “I don’t want them to think — I mean, I’m not ungrateful, this is unbelievable and I couldn’t be more thankful it’s happening to me — but I don’t want people to think it will happen to them.”

In a similar but unrelated incident, a lucky Ontario man who won a $100,000 jackpot prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket just five months ago continued his winning streak by bagging another lottery prize of $88,888, Latin Times reported.

James Courtemanche, 43, of Sudbury, Ontario, reportedly won a $100,000 prize on an Instant Money Match ticket in August 2021. Just five months after his first lottery win, Courtemanche continued his winning streak by bagging another lottery prize of $88,888 on Jan. 12 after scratching an Instant Wild 8 game that he bought from the same store.

Courtemanche reportedly bought the winning Instant Wild 8 ticket from Minnow Lake Kwik Way on Bancroft Drive in Sudbury and took it home to scratch it off. He won a prize pot of $88,888 on the Jan. 12 scratch-off.

“I was here in August 2021 to collect a $100,000 prize on an Instant Money Match ticket,” Courtemanche said. “I purchased this ticket at the same store as my previous win.”

The winner visited lottery headquarters five months earlier to collect a $100,000 jackpot from an Instant Money Match ticket he bought from the same store.

"I couldn't believe it happened again! I was so surprised, and then I remembered good things happen in 3's, so I'm ready for my next one," Courtemanche said.

A man reportedly killed his friend by bashing a cement block against his head for not paying back the US$1.30 (100 Indian Rupees) that he borrowed from the suspect in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on Friday, March. 4. This is a representational image. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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