You know when you give a lottery ticket as a gift and then have a feeling of dread you've given away a winner? That happened to someone in Wisconsin.
Fortunately, the couple doing the gifting ensured the ticket went to their son, Webster resident Delane Emery, who according to a news release from the Minnesota Lottery scooped a $1 million prize in the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle on New Year's Day.
The $10 ticket had been a Christmas gift and couldn't have come at a better time for Emery, who recently got married and told the Minnesota Lottery: "It’s a very nice way to start out, with not a lot of worries."
"It’s something my family does every year," he continued. "My parents buy the tickets and distribute them between myself and my siblings."
He said he was "half asleep" when his step mom called asking whether he had checked the lottery numbers, and described the moment he realized he had a winning ticket as "surreal."
The winning ticket was sold at the Rock Creek Pit Stop in Pine City, which will receive a $5,000 bonus as a result of selling the winner.
If you entered the New Year's Day Millionaire Raffle and haven't checked your tickets yet, you'd better do so now. The second $1 million prize from the draw is yet to be claimed.
It was sold at the Kwik Trip at 9250 Springbrook Drive NW in Coon Rapids.