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‘Virtually incalculable’ odds

An airline pilot in Minnesota won a $25,000 lottery jackpot — two days in a row.
/ Source: staff and news service reports

An airline pilot from Maplewood won a $25,000 lottery jackpot — two days in a row.

Raymond Snouffer Jr. matched the winning numbers 11-14-23-26-31 to win Saturday's Northstar Cash drawing with odds of about 170,000 to 1, Minnesota Lottery officials said.

On Sunday, Snouffer stuck with 11 and switched to 3-7-19-28 — and won again.

Lottery officials said such a sequence was so farfetched that the odds against it were "virtually incalculable."

Snouffer was unavailable for comment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on its Web site.

But his father, Ray Snouffer Sr., also of Maplewood, had a response. "Holy buckets!" he said when told of the feat, according to the Star Tribune.