Mountain Lake resident becomes 5th millionaire from Minnesota in 2020

Mountain Lake resident becomes 5th millionaire from Minnesota in 2020
Mountain Lake, Minnesota, native and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) professor John Engstrom won the $1 million Powerball prize from the December 18, 2019, drawing. (Source: Minnesota Lottery)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KEYC) — A Mountain Lake, Minnesota, resident was the recent recipient of $1 million after winning the Minnesota Lottery’s Powerball prize.

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) professor John Engstrom purchased the Powerball ticket at Kwik Trip on East Madison Avenue in Mankato.

Engstrom and his wife were in Mankato on December 18, 2019, doing some last-minute Christmas shopping when the couple stopped at Kwik Trip and purchased a ticket. After buying the ticker, Engstrom put the ticket in his coat pocket and “didn’t think twice about it.”

$1 Million won in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Someone who bought a lottery ticket in Mankato this week is a big winner. According to Minnesota Lottery, the ticket was purchased at the Kwik Trip at 1549 Madison Avenue. The ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers on Wednesday, making it a one million dollar win.

It wasn’t until Christmas Eve when Engstrom did some unexpected laundry, thanks to his 11-month-old grandson, that he discovered the winning ticket in his coat pocket.

“I told my son, ‘Your baby had a million-dollar mess!’ If it wasn’t for his messy diaper, I wouldn’t have checked the ticket,” Engstrom said. “It was a miracle I didn’t lose the ticket.”

Other $1 million winners in Minnesota in 2020 include:

  • Stanley and Marcia Juenemann, of Elk River, Minnesota, who claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from the December 21, 2019, drawing on Monday, Jan. 6,
  • Camhong Ly, of Minneapolis, who claimed a $1 million Raffle prize on Thursday, Jan. 2,
  • Charles Wylie, of Elko-New Market, Minnesota, who also claimed a $1 million Raffle prize on Thursday, Jan. 2; and
  • Paul and Jeb Paczynski, of Hermantown, Minnesota, who claimed a $1.6 million Gopher 5 jackpot from the December 16, 2019, drawing on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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