MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A couple from Burnsville, Minn. is coming forward as the winners of the $228.9 million Powerball jackpot, the Minnesota Lottery announced late Friday afternoon.

“As I told the kid at the counter, ‘you don’t have to sell any more, I’ve got the winning ticket,'” said Tom Morris, “And I did!”

It all began Monday when Morris and his wife Kathleen met with their financial planner, and realized retirement may not come as soon as they wished.

‘Things didn’t look real promising, so I told Tom the only way we will retire is if we win the lottery, and he said, well you need to buy a ticket,” said Kathleen.

Unbeknownst to her, on Aug. 10, Tom bought five tickets from the Super America in Lakeville on 16161 Cedar Avenue.

“I decided to pull in because they had construction out front and they are always nice to me,” said Tom, who usually buys three tickets every other week, but says this time he had a $5 bill in his pocket.

He bought the five Powerball tickets and drove to Indiana for a business trip as a sales engineer. Meanwhile, Kathleen saw the Powerball drawing back home in Minnesota.

WCCO’s Michele Tafoya Interviews Thomas Morris

“I thought, oh darn, we missed our chance, and I heard some of the numbers, and I thought, oh, we wouldn’t have chosen those numbers anyway,” said Kathleen.

When Tom got home, however, good fortune was only moments away.

“I said Tom, somebody in Dakota County won, too bad we didn’t buy a ticket, he said, well I did buy a ticket. I got the feeling this was good news,” she said.

Tom let the numbers be chosen at random. Turns out the fourth ticket, which Tom doesn’t usually buy, was the lucky win.

“The Power ball was 38, so, there was 38,” said Kathleen. “I was just following … 11, 18, I said, we did it!”

The couple remembers a time when they used to balance the checkbook down to the dollar. Now, after 38 years of marriage, two grown children and a new grandchild as of last week, they celebrate the wealth of family and fortune.

“It would be nice to think, and I do, that good things happen to good people. and I think we have been,” said Kathleen, who adds that she would love to continue her hobbies of golf and interior design.

As for their future, Tom reports that he’ll officially retire on Monday and they only plans they have right now are to focus on family and fun.

The couple has two months to decide whether they want to take the cash option (123.6 million or $83.7 million after tax withholding) or the annuity payment of $228.9 million.

This is Minnesota’s largest Powerball jackpot win since Powerball began in 1992.

The winning numbers were 11-18-36-41-46, with the Powerball of 38. The Super America in Lakeville will receive $50,000.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Comments (28)
  1. Me says:

    Awesome. Now, go on a vacation so people don’t pester you. Ponder on what blessings to bestow on others. Buy bonds!

  2. Concerned says:

    I feel for them, most people who win lottery end up in a bigger mess then they used to be in. It is a fact, not a theory. Many end up in a bigger debt, divorced, in jail, and messed up life. At least, you never hear about those people later, becoming investors, owning big companies, gold, stocks or what not. So, good luck, guys. Don’t destroy your life.

    1. contradict yourself much? says:

      “It’s a fact”
      “At least, you never hear about…”

      So which is it?

  3. Concerned says:

    Most people are not taught to deal with so much money. They have to gradually mature as they become successful in life. Not like this, overnight. Plus, all the people coming out of woodwork, knowing you suddenly became rich. Men, You gotta hide and change your name.

    1. Max Power says:

      I’ll take my chances WITH the money thank you.

  4. Judy says:

    Congratulations!!! Enjoy your winnings,and have some fun. Best wishes for a happy life.

  5. Mike says:

    I can assure you I would not have any problem dealing with that level of money.
    Congratulations to the lucky couple.

    1. Not Bad says:

      what I would do is just take the exact amount of my debt to college and pay off my house. That’s it.

      1. Iconoclast says:

        That is not one of the options in payouts.

      2. MAX POWER says:

        OH OK THERE BUDDY…………..

  6. bestwishes says:

    You could buy me a new bigger vehicle to replace my barely running old car – ha! But seriously, enjoy yourselves and your family – best wishes to you!

  7. drat! says:

    Awesome! I don’t buy lottery tickets often, but when I do it is frequently at that store. Phooey!! I guess it’s just not meant to be for me. I’m happy for this pair.

    1. Me says:

      There some stores considered to be lucky because they sell winners. maybe this will be one of them. Stay optimistic. Some of the non-super winning amounts are really nice.

  8. Ben says:

    Lucky Ducks!
    Congrats 🙂

  9. Rob Pohl says:

    A whgole lot of people have never won the lottery. Me? I have never lost.

  10. Angus says:

    You are a winner:
    1. Call Jim, I need some retired cops, licensed to carry, good with people to give me privacy.
    2. Get a good financial advisor, a good CPA, and a good tax attorney to watch each other.
    3. Security for entire family until things quiet down.
    4. Set up trust funds for offspring and grandchildren.
    5. Start writing some annual checks to favorite non-profits.
    6. Sit on my deck with a wee bit of fine whiskey and think how I might start using the money in a year or two.

  11. Wu says:

    write me a check and I’ll donate it to The Human Fund.

  12. Ferris Lind says:

    trade it in for gold

  13. meow says:

    GOOD FOR THEM!!! please spend some of the money here in the wonderful state of MINNESOTA!!!

    Thank you WCCO for reporting!!!

  14. Lucky Man says:

    I’d spend half of it on wine and women and then just waste the rest.

    1. Max Power says:

      Well you know what they say……”Crack Don’t Smoke It Self !!!”

  15. Bill says:

    Good for them! The rest of us are still gonna be standing in line at the soup kitchen!

  16. Past Winner says:

    Good Job, Wishing your family good blessings. Hope you spend it in Minnesota and support your old community. Your family is truely blessed with luck. Dont let self serving family members and friends bother you. Stay in a few hotels away from your house and cut your phone and let the good times roll. Table for 2 can turn into table for 200 in a very big hurry.

  17. Jay says:

    Even though I think its fantastic they won, I also fear it will be short lived happiness. The majority of past winners are now broke after living lavish lives. Beautiful homes, antiques, fancy cars have all been lost or foreclosed on. It seems like a lot of money, and is, but if not managed wisely can disappear in a heartbeat. All too many past winners have wished theyd never won because of the humungus problems that go along with being rich. As many have posted relatives you never knew come out of the woodwork, and those you know for a fact are related, use you for all they can get. Friends in need will borrow and never repay. Sounds like a BIG headache to me, but one I wouldnt turn down either if given the opportunity. Hope wisdom is a strong point, as youll need it. Enjoy your retirement.

  18. Luke says:

    Time to pay ‘fair share’ to the dems.

  19. Gaven says:

    hobbies of golf and interior decorating? ? are they sure they needed the money?

    1. Max Power says:

      Maybe we can have their old money they CLEARLY had, but don’t need anymore !!!!

      Why are those hobbies for the ultra wealthy or something ? I know a lot of people that golf & are a long way from even close to rich.
      Did it ever occur to you that maybe she did interior decorating to help bring in some extra cash to put into the retirement fund ????

      Please go stand in the corner now Gaven.

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