The Mesabi Daily News reports a long-time Powerball player is $1 million richer today. Richard Mervich bought the winning ticket at the Short Stop in Eveleth, where he also lives. Mervich said when he checked the five matching numbers, he knew he was a winner, but he thought he'd won $200,000. A friend straightened him out, and when he drove to Lottery headquarters in Roseville, officials confirmed the good news.
The Mesabi Daily News reported in June that another Eveleth man won $30,000 playing the Bonus Word Crossword scratch game.