Minnesota man scratches off 2nd $100K winner in 14 months - Bring Me The News

Minnesota man scratches off 2nd $100K winner in 14 months


For the second time in 14 months, a Minnesota City man is $100,000 richer after scratching off a winning ticket from the Minnesota Lottery, the Winona Daily News reports.

Mike Mendyk beat the odds of 1 in 610,000 last week after purchasing a $5 Cash and Cadillac scratch-off ticket.

Mendyk and his wife, Becky, found out that they had a winner on their hands even before the man nicked the ticket, since the scanner at the place they purchased it at told them that the ticket was worth at least $599.

The couple told the News that they "jumping up and down and yelling" in disbelief loud enough for their neighbors to hear them when they finally scratched the ticket off to reveal the $100,000 amount.

The couple will drive to lottery headquarters in Roseville Friday -- which is Mendyk's 51st birthday -- to claim the winnings.

Mendyk said he used his lucky scratcher, a silver envelop opener, on his Cash and Cadillac ticket -- the same one he used to win on his Walleye Winnings ticket in June 2012.

After the first win, the couple used the winnings to help pay for their fall wedding, a honeymoon to Jamaica, and a pool table.

This time around, they plan on using their windfall to help buy a house together, since they both owned separate residences before they got married. They will also possibly put some of the money toward an anniversary trip.

And it sounds like more scratch-off tickets will be in their future, too.

Mendyk said, "We're going to just live life and be happy ... and win again."

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