Eden Prairie Man Wins $200,000 in Powerball; $1 Million Ticket Sold in Howard Lake

Michael Brewer of Eden Prairie won $200,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing Photo: Minnesota Lottery
Michael Brewer of Eden Prairie won $200,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing

August 24, 2017 05:15 PM

An Eden Prairie man is $200,000 richer after Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

A release from the Minnesota Lottery said Michael Brewer matched four of the first five white ball numbers plus the power ball on a ticket he bought at Dred Scott Automotive in Bloomington. That's normally worth $50,000. But Brewer spent an extra dollar for the Power Play multiplier.

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And that $1 investment was worth an extra $150,000.

"I went and woke my wife up," Brewer said in the release. "She didn't believe it, so I brought her in the den and had her enter the numbers."

But that wasn't the biggest winning ticket sold in the state. A ticket sold at Pit Stop in Howard Lake matched all five white ball numbers for a $1 million prize. As of Thursday afternoon, though, the winner has yet to come forward, said Adam Prock, the director of communications and legislative affairs for the Minnesota Lottery.

He or she has a full year to claim their prize. And the business that sold the ticket earns a $5,000 winning bonus.

Of course, the big winner Wednesday night was 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker Mavis L. Wanczyk, who stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history - $758.7 million.

"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax," Wanczyk told reporters at a news conference.

In addition to the $1 million and $200,000 winning tickets, three tickets worth $50,000 were sold in the state. They were purchased at Federated Co-Ops Inc. in Scandia, Isanti Mobil in Isanti and Maggie's Superette in Maplewood.

None of those prizes had yet been claimed either as of Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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