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St. Joseph Animal Shelter, another Missouri facility, reported that the number of animals being surrendered continues to be an ongoing issue. Humane educator Aubrey Silvey told KNPG-LD, "We're seeing more owner relinquishes, and usually for the reasons that people can't afford their pets anymore."

A North Carolina shelter, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, reported the same problem. Its executive director said, "Animals are pouring into shelters at much higher rate than we saw even pre-COVID, and we're seeing less adoptions happening. What that means is that shelters who for years, even decades, have not euthanized due to space constraints are facing that reality."

The Humane Society told MarketWatch, "While we don't have data on the number of folks who are forced to re-home their pet because of the lack of affordable, pet-friendly housing, we anticipate that more people will need to make this difficult decision as property owners increase rent fees."

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I won the lottery 20 times in the same week and took home $100,000 after buying identical tickets online

EVERYONE and his mother wants to find a winning strategy when it comes to hitting the jackpot in the lottery.

Seems like one Virginia man found it - winning 20 times in the same week.

1Virginia resident William Newell picked a winning strategy in his Pick 4 game that earned him a $100,000 jackpotCredit: Getty

William Newell had a really good stretch of luck in October last year, leading Lady Luck to deliver him $100,000 in lottery prize winnings.

His winning formula?

The Alexandria, Virginia resident bought 20 identical lottery tickets online that shared the winning number combination - and it paid off.

Newell usually buys tickets for the Pick 4 game at a local store, Virginia Lottery official, John Hagerty, told Newsweek.

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However, he had recently changed up his routine and decided to buy the tickets online instead, per the official.

His unusual strategy involved buying all 20 tickets for the same drawing and he used the same four number combination on each of the tickets: 5-4-1-1.

He didn't explain why he chose the numbers he did.

Hagerty went on to explain that Newell's preferred game - Pick 4 - has "a set prize amount," meaning that "every ticket that wins the top prize receives the full prize amount."

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He added it is therefore possible to "increase total winnings in a drawing by buying multiple tickets with the same numbers."

There was a caveat to the lucky strategy, however. Hagerty made clear that buying multiple identical tickets won't increase or decrease the chance of actually winning.

Newell just happened to get lucky that day, and the number combination he chose ended up being picked.

Then the following week, he was informed he won $5,000 per ticket, leading to a total prize of $100,000, per WKRC.

"It feels good, no doubt about it!" he told the outlet, though he told lottery officials he didn't know at the time how he would spend the prize money.

Virginia lottery officials told Newsweek that Newell is just one of a growing number of lottery players who have switched over to playing online, rather than in person.

In fact, in the first 16months of first offering virtual games in July 2020, winnings via online tickets have generated more than $1billion in prize money.

Still, officials say 70% of transactions still take place at brick-and-mortar stores.

"Virginians have really taken to the convenience of playing the Lottery from their smartphones, tablets or computers," Kevin Hall, Virginia Lottery Executive Director, told WSET.

And according to USA Mega, as of last week, the five numbers that have come up the most in Mega Millions drawings over the last five years are 17 (drawn 48 times), 10 (47 times) 14 (47 times), 31 (47 times), and 4 and 7 (both drawn 44 times).

The most common mega ball was 22 (drawn 28 times), followed by 11 (26 times), and 24 (25 times).

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Here's more on the simple advice to follow from a lotto expert to increase your odds of hitting the jackpot.

Plus, another lottery expert reveals why most people just get it all wrong when it comes to picking the winning number combination.

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