3 generations of Minnesota family share birthday

June 6, 2010

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ST. PAUL, Minn.—Three generations of Coon Rapids women are now part of a very unique club. They all share the same birthday. Roxie Koep was born on June 1. She shares the birthday with her 29-year-old mother Rachel Koep and 56-year-old maternal grandmother Paula Ballanger. According to a St. Paul Pioneer Press calculation, the chance of a mother having the same birthday as one of her parents and her newborn is 1 in 133,225.

The chance of them all having the same gender is even more remote. Many variables can affect the odds, including that June is a busier month for births than others.

Ballanger said when Koep was younger she always tried to give her daughter her own special birthday, but now they nearly always celebrate together.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

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