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:
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.
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.
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.”