They Didn't Win the Massive Powerball Jackpot But...
A number of metro-area residents, including one from Woodbury, have pulled down big lottery wins in the last few weeks.
The Minnesota State Lottery in Roseville reported Thursday that two tickets (one in Arizona and Missouri) split the record-setting Powerball jackpot which topped an estimated $587.5 million.
"Each Powerball jackpot winning ticket is worth over $293 million," according to Minnesota Lottery officials. "We had one $1,000,000 winner, six $10,000 winners, and 167,311 other winning tickets sold in Minnesota so check your tickets!"
Minnesota Lottery officials noted that the state's $1 million winner is from a ticket purchased in Winona County. "Minnesota players set a new record for the Nov. 28 drawing, generating more than $10.9 million in sales," they added. "Retailers earned more than $1.5 million in commissions."
Meanwhile, although no one from Minnesota won the big mega-jackpot Wednesday night, the state Lottery reports there have been several significant winners in recent weeks:
In late October, Justin Passaro, of Woodbury, won $1 million by playing the Lottery’s Million Dollar Jackpot scratch game. Passaro claimed the prize on Oct. 24 at Lottery headquarters.
In mid-November, Minnetonka resident Tim Gillson was in Grand Rapids and bought two Cash & Gold tickets at an Amoco gas station. One of the those tickets won the game's $250,000 top prize.
In mid-November, Bruce Semling, of Willernie, bought a 5 Star Cash scratch ticket at a Mahtomedi gas station. His ticket had the numbers for the $100,000 top prize.
At the end of October, Stuart Larson of Plymouth won a $100,000 prize by playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Hold ’Em scratch game. Larson claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Oct. 29.
On Oct. 10, Bert Evgen of Roseville, bought one MONOPOLY scratch ticket. After he scratched off the ticket, he saw he had a match and won $200,000.
“I looked and I looked and I looked—I couldn’t believe it!” he told Lottery officials. “I was just shaking.”