Betty Baker Poynter’s birthday is more than just her own special day.
That’s because Poynter, who turns 85 today, shares birthdays with her 66-year-old daughter, 34-year-old grandson and 2-year-old great-granddaughter — four generations in the same family, all born Oct. 23.
“It kind of made me feel important. If they want my birthday, that’s fine,” Poynter said of the others in her family tree.
Born in Sumter County in 1923 and a Eustis resident for 66 years, she is a retired Eustis police officer and state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles examiner.
Poynter’s daughter Sharon Baker Aderman, a retired nurse who lives in Greer, S.C., was born in Lake County in 1942, the day her mother turned 19.
Aderman’s son, Nick, an airplane mechanic, was born in Vero Beach in 1974.
He lives in Palmer, Alaska, where his daughter, Myra Marie Aderman, was born two years ago today. “What are the odds of that?” asked Nick Aderman, who also has a 5-year-old son. “It’s pretty funny. We’re pretty entertained by that.”
The odds of four people, at random, sharing the same birthday are approximately 1 in 49 million, said Mark E. Johnson, professor of statistics and actuarial sciences at the University of Central Florida. But in the case of Poynter’s family with multiple members, the odds are better — possibly 1 in 5 million, depending on the number of family members, he said.
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