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These Pennsylvania Lottery players have won more than 100 times – but how?

It’s not easy to win the lottery.

To hit $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket, your odds are rarely better than 1 in 2,000 – harder than flipping a coin 10 times and getting heads every single time.

But as PennLive found, a small group of Americans have beaten those odds with extraordinary frequency.

In Pennsylvania alone, more than 200 players have won at least 50 prizes of $600 or more in the past 16 years.

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Statisticians approached by PennLive say many of those wins are difficult to explain by luck. In other states, investigations into frequent winners have sometimes found their wins are rooted in theft and cheating, or schemes relating to tax evasion and money laundering.

“From a statistical point of view it stinks to high heaven,” said Ronald Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association.

The Pennsylvania Lottery, however, has a different view: Its most frequent winners are simply frequent players.

Gary Miller, a spokesman, said the lottery doesn’t track how many tickets players buy, and without that information it’s impossible to draw any conclusions about its most frequent winners.

“When it comes right down to it, you would have to ask those players how many times they are playing,” Miller said.

These Pennsylvania Lottery players have won more than 100 times – but how? It’s not easy to win the lottery. To hit $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket, your odds are rarely better than 1 in 2,000