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Minnesota college professor wins $1M Powerball prize

John Engstrom Photo: Minnesota Lottery
John Engstrom

Updated: January 08, 2020 05:02 PM

Another Minnesotan has won a $1 million Powerball prize.

College professor John Engstrom of Mountain Lake won the prize, calling it a "fluke" that he even purchased the ticket on Dec. 18, 2019, according to a lottery release.

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Engstrom and his wife were in Mankato doing some last-minute Christmas shopping when he stopped at Kwik Trip. He saw the Powerball sign and thought, "What the heck—I should buy a ticket." He put it in his coat pocket and said he "didn't think twice about it."

It wasn't until Christmas Eve, when Engstrom did some unexpected laundry thanks to his 11-month-old grandson, that he discovered his $1 million winning Powerball ticket in his coat pocket. “I told my son, ‘Your baby had a million-dollar mess!’ If it wasn’t for his messy diaper, I wouldn’t have checked the ticket.” He added, “It was a miracle I didn’t lose the ticket.”

The winning Powerball numbers were 14-18-26-39-68, and the Powerball number was 9.

The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, located at 2549 E. Madison Avenue in Mankato. The business earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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