"I'm having a good day!" said Jeffrey Bock of St. Paul the other day, when he turned in a winning lottery ticket for $100,000. But he has another reason to smile: It's the second time this year that he's won a big lottery prize.
Lottery officials announced Tuesday that Bock's ticket for the All or Nothing drawing on Sunday evening matched all 12 numbers to take the top prize.
A player can also win the game by having none of the numbers match, and smaller prizes are awarded for matching fewer numbers.
Bock, who is retired, also won $20,000 in January playing a $2 scratch game.
“I scanned my ticket and the message said to claim at the lottery,” Bock said, and he figured he'd won one of the smaller $1,000 prizes on the numbers he had chosen at random.
That was until a friend of Bock's said he thought the ticket was a $100,000 winner.
“If it’s $100,000, I’m fainting," Bock replied, according to the lottery. "So you better bring water!”
Bock and his friend headed to the lottery office in Roseville – with a bottle of water in hand – and learned that he did, indeed, win the top prize of $100,000.
He didn't actually faint, but said he thought to himself, "I am having a good day!”
Bock purchased the winning ticket at Speedstop Sunrise in St. Cloud, according to lottery officials. The store gets a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
What are the odds?
The Star Tribune asked lottery officials to break down the odds of Bock's double win.
The odds of winning even one big prize in the lottery are quite long. But the chances that one person will win two are astronomical.
- The chances of winning the All or Nothing top prize were about 1 in 2.7 million.
- The chances of winning $20,000 on the Wild Cherries scratch game are 1 in about 303,000.
- The chances of winning both prizes (if one ticket were purchased for each game) are 1 in 811 billion.
The Minnesota Lottery explains on its website the odds of winning each type of game it offers.