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What are the odds? Minnesota man wins 2 big lottery payouts


You'd think after winning $20,000 on a scratch off, you'd stop playing for a while.

Not Byron resident Jonathan Phelps, who kept on buying Minnesota Lottery cards despite winning a cool 20 grand on The Big $10 Ticket scratch game in April, the lottery says.

He didn't have to wait long for it to pay off – and then some – as he scratched off the $500,000 top prize on the lottery's $500,000 Jackpot game.

He bought both winning tickets at the Gas 'N' Go at 1455 Cedar Center Ave. in Oronoco.

"I couldn’t believe it, who wins twice at the exact same gas station in two months!" he told the Minnesota Lottery.

His first win helped him pay off all his debts, and now he's seeking some help from a financial adviser to plan his and his family's future.

Though, he did tell ABC 6 he would buy a new trailer for his four wheeler and a new boat – and plans on using some for a downpayment on a house.

"Pretty shocking. I never would have expected in a million years that something like this would happen once, let alone twice," he told the TV station.

The odds of winning $20,000 on a Big 10 Ticket is one in 120,607.14, according to the Minnesota Lottery.

The odds of winning the top prize on the $500,000 Jackpot scratch game is one in 366,100.

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