Just a few days ago we asked: "Did you buy the Powerball ticket worth $1 million?"
Turns out, you could only reply "yes" if your name is Sobhi Elgharabawi.
Elgharabawi, who is from Maplewood, won $1 million from the Nov. 18 Powerball drawing by matching the first five numbers (17-28-31-32-39). He claimed his big prize Tuesday.
The odds of winning $1 million from Powerball are 1 in 11,688,053. So not great.
But Minnesota actually had a second $1 million winner come forward this week as well.
Jean Davis scored the prize during the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing, after buying the ticket at Dutch Lake Drive in Howard Lake. But she didn't claim the winnings until Nov. 22 – nearly three months later.
Under state law, winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. If no one comes forward, the unclaimed money will go into Minnesota’s general fund.
Read the original story from Monday, Nov. 20, below.
Did you buy the Powerball ticket worth $1 million?
If you bought a lottery ticket in Minnesota recently, you might be sitting on a fortune.
A Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Robbinsdale on Saturday, lottery officials announced Monday. It was purchased at Robbinsdale Food Market at 4001 West Broadway.
Officials say the ticket matched the first five winning numbers to win the $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing. Those numbers were 17-28-31-32-39.
Some lucky person only missed the Powerball number, which was 26. If they'd hit that, the payout would have been much larger – we're talking 118 million more.
But even after taxes, a cool million is nothing to frown upon. The winner has a year from the drawing date to claim the prize at the state lottery headquarters in Roseville.
Officials are encouraging the ticket holder to call 651-635-8273 to make arrangements to claim the winnings.
Whoever scored this jackpot isn't the only one with money coming to them. According to the Minnesota Lottery unclaimed prizes page, three other winning Powerball tickets sold in the state haven't been spoken for yet.
A $50,000 ticket was sold in Faribault back in August; another million-dollar ticket was purchased in Howard Lake later that month; and a BP gas station in Plymouth sold a $50,000 ticket in October. There are unclaimed prizes for other lottery games as well.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and proceeds actually help our state. Officials say more than $1.1 billion has helped preserve, restore, and protect Minnesota's environment, while $1.6 billion has helped fund state programs.
Minnesota lottery players have won more than $7 billion.