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Coon Rapids Lyft driver ID'd as winner of $1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Eden Prairie

He said he'd been praying for more money to help with a charitable endeavor.

The Minnesota Lottery announced earlier this week that a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at a BP gas station in Eden Prairie, and now we know who bought it. 

The winner: Kodjo Ayewonou, a Lyft driver from Coon Rapids who said he's been praying for more money to help him with a charitable endeavor, according to the Minnesota Lottery. 

"However, the immigrant from Togo, West Africa has even bigger plans for his winnings. Ayewonou plans to use some of his prize money to advance the mission of a non-profit organization that he started—the Ebenezer Charity Foundation in Coon Rapids—which provides sustainable access to clean water for people living in Africa.

Ayewonou said he has been working and praying for more money to help the cause. He said they brought food and clothing to the people at the Hiawatha camp last year and have plans to dig wells in Africa and help educate orphans in Togo."

Ayewondou bought the winning ticket at the Shady Oak BP, located 11190 W. 62nd St. in Eden Prairie. The gas station will receive a $5,000 reward for selling the ticket. 

The next Mega Millions drawing is set for 10 p.m. Friday, June 7, and is worth an estimated $530 million. 

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