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Virginia man wins $52,000, $80,000 lottery prizes two months apart

Jalen Taylor of Charlottesville, Va., won a $52,000 Pick 3 jackpot by buying 104 identical tickets for the Nov. 18 Pick 3 drawing, then won $80,000 two months later by buying 160 identical tickets for the Jan. 10 Pick 3 drawing. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery
Jalen Taylor of Charlottesville, Va., won a $52,000 Pick 3 jackpot by buying 104 identical tickets for the Nov. 18 Pick 3 drawing, then won $80,000 two months later by buying 160 identical tickets for the Jan. 10 Pick 3 drawing. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who won $52,000 by buying 104 identical tickets for the same lottery drawing tried the same strategy two months later and won $80,000 with 160 tickets.

Jalen Taylor of Charlottesville told Virginia Lottery officials his lucky streak began when he bought 104 $1 tickets bearing the numbers 9-6-0 for the Nov. 18 Pick 3 drawing from the Food Lion store in Charlottesville.

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Each of Taylor's tickets earned a $500 top prize, winning him a total jackpot of $52,000.

"I had a feeling," Taylor said. "When you get a feeling, just play!"

Taylor's lucky feeling struck again when he visited the local Harris Teeter store and bought 160 tickets for the Jan. 10 drawing. He again matched all three numbers, 5-4-2, earning a total $80,000.

Taylor said his winnings will go toward investments and savings.

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