Rosa Dominguez and her two winning cheques
Rosa Dominguez with her two winning chequesCalifornia Lottery

Very few people ever get to win the lottery once in their life, let alone twice - in the same week. For Rosa Dominguez, that all happened before she had even turned 20.

The 19-year-old was driving from Arizona when she bought a scratch card at a petrol station along the way, the California Lottery said. The $5 'scratcher' ended up bagging her $555,555 (£430,000) prize money.

"I was so nervous I just wanted to cry," she told the organisation.

Then, before the excitement of her huge win had even started to seep in, she struck again. Just a few days later she was once again at a petrol station in the state where she decided to buy another $5 scratch card. This time she won $100,000 (£77,000).

With accumulated prize money of $655,555, (£508,000) Dominguez told the Lottery that she would be going shopping and wanted to buy herself a new car - maybe to hit up more petrol stations?

Those were the top prizes for state scratchcards - for larger stakes lotteries, the chances of winning once can be unbelievably small.

According to Lottoland, the chance of winning the jackpot in the UK Lotto is one in 45,057,474; for the EuroMillions, which usually has a larger prize, that rises to one in 116,531,800. In the US, the Powerball is offered in most states and offers prizes often in the hundreds of millions of dollars - to win that jackpot you'd have to beat odds of one in 292,201,338.