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An American couple struck gold when they won a $US1 million jackpot. And then miraculously they did it again in the same weekend with a $US50,000 win.

America's ABC News website reports that Stephen and Terri Weaver of Stuttgart, Alabama, bought instant scratch lottery tickets on Saturday evening while on a weekend getaway.

"Once they brought the tickets to the cabin, they realized one of Stephen's $20 tickets won the $1 million jackpot," ABC reported.

"I almost had a heart attack," said Stephen, who owns a plumbing company. "I had to have an aspirin."

They stayed on for the weekend and on their way home on Sunday they bought more instant tickets. This time Terri was a winner with $US50,000.

"When she handed it to me, I fell back in my chair and almost went into cardiac arrest again," Stephen said of the second ticket. "We jumped around, hollered, and screamed. It's just not possible that it happened twice. The odds must be astronomical."

The couple, who have been married for 35 years and have a son in Oklahoma said they would continue to work in their respective jobs and pay off some bills.

Arkansas is the newest state to have a government-sponsored lottery. A little over three years old, the Arkansas lottery is one of 43 government-run lottery systems in the United States.

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