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Minnesota couple claims $229M Powerball lottery jackpot

Aug 13, 2011, 9:02 am

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Thomas and Kathleen Morris, a couple from Burnsville, Minnesota, walked into the Minnesota State Lottery headquarters around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to claim the nearly $229 million winning Powerball ticket.

"It started on Monday," Kathleen said. "We met with our financial adviser and things didn't look very promising. I told Tom the only way we're going to retire is if we win the lottery."

Minnesota's newest millionaires bought the winning ticket at a SuperAmerica at 16161 Cedar Avenue in Lakeville. Morris said he usually buys three Powerball tickets, but decided to buy five on Aug. 10 for the big jackpot.

"I told the kid at the counter, you don't need to sell anymore, I've got the winning ticket," Tom said.

The five tickets were all quick-picks. The fourth ticket was the winner. Kathleen said she kept the winning Powerball ticket in a plastic bag.

"We didn't want to lose it, we didn't want to tear it, we didn't want to soil it," Tom said.

When Kathleen heard some of the numbers, Tom was on the road to Indiana. She dismissed the drawing, saying they didn't sound like numbers she would have picked anyway.

But the couple was watching the 9 p.m. news when they learned someone in Dakota County won the Powerball jackpot. They remembered the Powerball was 38, which matched one of their tickets, sending them on a mission to cross-check the numbers.

The $228.9 million Powerball jackpot is the largest ever in Minnesota. The winners can take an annuity payment over 30 years, or a cash option that comes out to $83.7 million after taxes. As for which option they'll take, Kathleen said they need to talk with their financial adviser, saying this time it will be a more pleasant conversation.

Minnesota State Lottery acting director Jenny Canfield said the lottery's office received calls from several players who didn't win expressing excitement that the winning ticket was sold in Minnesota.

The Powerball winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 11, 18, 36, 41, 46 and the Powerball was 38.

When Tom and Kathleen called friends and family to share the news, most of them said it couldn't have happened to a nicer couple.

"We're just going to live the way we have, just a little bit higher," Kathleen said.

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md
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I wish them the best, that peace, joy and many memorable family events.  I just wish also they had stayed anonymous.

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    Those presious people are just like us.Always worrying about the next payday...now it's lifted away...Several less loves ones not to have to worry anymore...That makes me cry for joy for them all...What a blessing I was given today.

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      Congrats to the winners!!!!!!!!!

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        I wish them the best, that peace, joy and many memorable family events.  I just wish also they had stayed anonymous.

        Just a little FYI. You can't be anonymous in the state of Minnesota!

        Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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          Just a little FYI. You can't be anonymous in the state of Minnesota!

          Can you be anonymous anywhere, just a thought, we live in a technology society, someone is going to snap your picture ,lol, also state lottery workers will talk if no one else does, just my opinion

           

           

          "Show me the money" 

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            Nice story, God bless 'em.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              glad random people with a random qp won it  seems

               

              their gerls look  young for 20s, they should enjoy their parents money!

              and a 86 grandmom even getting something, how sweet

              funny he had a set buying limit of 3 normal , but changed it cease he just had a 5 bill, i take 5,

              lucky buyer :D

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                "We're just going to live the way we have, just a little bit higher," Kathleen said."

                Now that statement puzzles me a little bit.

                But I ain't sayin' nothin'.

                Just sayin...


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

                 

                 

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                  "It only takes one. It was our turn this time." <-- I hope to say that one day myself. White Bounce

                  Congrats to the couple. Hope they were on their way out of town after that promo.

                   

                  PS - Glad to hear they are MSU fans from Mi rather than "that other little school down the road". I'm a big follower of MSU basketball/Tom Izzo myself.

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                  singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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                    "We're just going to live the way we have, just a little bit higher," Kathleen said."

                    Now that statement puzzles me a little bit.

                    But I ain't sayin' nothin'.

                    Just sayin...

                    except for all the begging No Pity!,lol

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                      congrats to the Morris,s wishing them the very best.

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                        Headed to Georgia .....I hope I'm the next Pillsbury winner tonight ,wouldnt that be something......I dont know him personally but I bet he has placed conveyers in our plant though..I will buy 5 quick picks like he did....

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                          Headed to Georgia .....I hope I'm the next Pillsbury winner tonight ,wouldnt that be something......I dont know him personally but I bet he has placed conveyers in our plant though..I will buy 5 quick picks like he did....

                          I hope you win too TTL, good luck in Georgia!

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                            This  was  just  another  great  american   story  They  will  spend  the  money  as  they  get  it;