Bus driver lands $1M Powerball prize; $100K win still unclaimed


It's a real, full retirement now for Joseph Woods.

The St. Paul man has been driving a Metro Transit bus part-time since ending his full-time driving gig in 2007.

But after winning a $1 million Powerball Saturday, he's leaving for real.

“I told them, ‘I’m not coming in anymore. I just won $1 million,'" Woods said, according to the Minnesota Lottery.

He got the prize by matching the first five numbers in the Powerball drawing: 14-22-23-41-61. The Powerball numbers was 9. He bought the ticket at M & H Gas, on the 700 block of Arcade Street in St. Paul.

The Lottery says, in total, the games have brought in more than $2.6 billion for the state. About $1 billion has gone to environmental causes statewide, while about $1.5 billion has gone to the general fund (which can be used in a lot of different ways).

$100,000 still unclaimed

It's not quite $1 million, but there's still a hefty chunk of change out there that someone won and hasn't picked up yet.

The Minnesota Lottery says a $100,000-winning ticket was sold on Jan. 1, at a BP gas station in Eagan.

Under state law, you've got one year from the date of the drawing to claim your prize.

If no one comes forward, however, the unclaimed money will go into Minnesota’s general fund.

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