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When snow flies, millionaire lottery winner climbs back behind plow


Sure, he may be the winner of the biggest Hot Lotto prize in Minnesota history. But when it's cold and snowy out, neighbors are counting on Joe Meath to plow their driveways.

Joe and his wife Rhonda Meath are among Minnesota's newest millionaires, having cashed in their $11.7 million lottery ticket in September.

But before then, Joe tells FOX 9, he'd purchased a used truck and promised 10 businesses and neighbors near his Anoka County home he'd plow the snow from their driveways and parking lots this winter.

So this week, as Reuters reports, Meath was focused not on piles of money but on piles of snow.

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FOX says for eight of the accounts Meath is providing the service free of charge, while the other two pay about $40 each.

If you're familiar with the Meaths, though, perhaps it's not surprising to see Joe plowing snow rather than relaxing on a beach.

When the couple's lottery winnings were announced, Rhonda told ABC she would continue waiting tables at the Lake Elmo Inn, saying she enjoys the job and has great friends there. (Inquisitor's headline called Rhonda's plan "an unbelievable admission.")

They also provided the high school senior who sold them the winning ticket with $15,000 to put toward college expenses.

ABC says Rhonda spends much of her free time training service dogs and planned to donate to a police K-9 foundation.

What else have the Meaths been doing with their winnings for the last couple months?

"We bought another house, we bought a motor home, but other than that, it's been difficult with trying to figure out what to do with the money,” Joe tells Reuters.

But those piles of green can wait. Because more piles of white snow are sure to fall from the sky.

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