MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Life just changed for someone who bought Wednesday’s winning Powerball ticket worth nearly $229 million.

The winning jackpot ticket was sold in Dakota County in Minnesota.

Jenny Canfield, Acting Lottery Director, said it’s the largest jackpot ever won in Minnesota.

“That’s fantastic. I’m glad to see that,” said Kent Robinson, a lottery player.

Lottery play tends to increase as the jackpots get bigger. One local player said they hope they know the newest multi-millionaire.

“Sometimes if it’s big, I’ll play it,” said Denis Arambadjis. “Somebody got lucky in Minnesota, and I hope I know them.”

There were 11 tickets sold across the country that match the first five numbers, but the Minnesota ticket is the only one to match all of them.

The winning numbers were 11-18-36-41-46 and the Powerball was 38.

The winner has not yet come forward, according to the Minnesota State Lottery, and has one year to do so to claim their prize. Once that happens, the spot where the ticket was purchased will also be revealed.

The winner or winners need to claim the prize within a year. After they claim the prize, they have the option of taking about $123 million in cash up front, which is around $84 million after taxes.

If not, the jackpot is paid out over 30 years, increasing payments each year.  The first check would be around $4 million, ending the 30th year with a payment of $12.7 million.

This is Minnesota’s 21st Powerball jackpot win since it started in 1992. The last big win happened in 2008.

“Wow, that’s good. I’m glad somebody from Minnesota won it,” said lottery player Carl Schmidtt.

Saturday’s Powerball drawing will be worth $20 million. The fact that the big jackpot was won locally has also encouraged some to play for future lottery drawings. After all, you can’t win if you don’t play.

“Giving me hope and a chance, that’s about it,” said Corey Gosha. “I really don’t play this, but today I feel lucky I might win.”

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Comments (20)
  1. darn says:

    dang …. almost tossed a buck at what would have been my first tix ever…and I know that these would have been my numbers. I just know it …. lol

  2. Tim Geitner says:

    It was me! I won! And you can’t have it! And I’m NOT paying taxes on it either!

    1. You in trouble Tim says:

      I’m telling momma Tim …. she gonna be mad

  3. Mike Hawk says:

    I’m going to keep my job. The money won’t change me a bit & it won’t change the way family and friends act towards me. I can spot people when thy’re being fake & just looking for a hand out. Life will be less stressfull now. Thank GOD for money. GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  4. just sayin says:

    I’d pay to build a 100ft wall around north minneapolis no one comes out.


  5. obvoiusly says:

    dakota county, probably some old engine, who will hire lawyers to defend him, as he will try not to pay taxes on it.

  6. American made says:

    I hope this is a person who was whining about the rich paying more taxes. I wonder how they would feel about it now. Just a thought

  7. Arne says:

    Dakota County….Minnesota’s own miricle mile. That’s the 2nd winning ticket that I am aware of that has been sold in Dakota Countay.

  8. Jerry says:

    Be happy for whoever it is. Be sad that’s it’s not you, but the “fence around north Minneapolis” and the “old engine” comments are uncalled for and unfortunate! There always seems to be at least one small minded person who feels compelled to render their small minded comments and kill any celebratory moment! Whoever you are winner(s), enjoy your new found wealth and please do something for those who are in need! Let your new gift of wealth make a difference for others also!

  9. Luann Andersen says:

    Wasnt Me …

  10. mauerfan says:

    It amazes me that we canthrow away 229 million when we have so much debt

    1. @Mauer says:

      it amazes me we can throw away 182million for a .280 hitter when we have so little assets

  11. Jackie says:

    I’m happy for the winners but sad for them at the same time. We all dream of winning it big.. but most of the time a winning lottery destroys lives. I would rather be poor and rich with love… but some days, I wouldnt mind giving the ol’ lottery curse a try. Good luck winners… just remember, this can be a curse just as much as a blessing… It’s up to you.

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    If I am playing powerball for real, can i check winning powerball numbers on websites like http://www.alottery.com/results/powerball-results.asp

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