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Man who makes living with horseshoes wins $1M Powerball prize

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For years, horseshoes have been bringing a steady income to Minnesotan Joseph Yanish. Last week, the luck that the horseshoe symbolizes brought him a $1 million payout.

Yanish, a farrier who lives just west of the Twin Cities in Litchfield, won the $1 million prize on an "impulse purchase" he made at a Casey's General Store in St. Cloud.

"I just had an extra couple of bucks and decided to buy two tickets at the last minute," he said.

Yanish, 33, discovered his win a couple of days after the May 14 drawing, having read online that a $1 million ticket was sold at that same Casey's.

"I was freaking out," he recalled, once he compared one of his tickets to the numbers drawn. "My wife [Erin] thought someone had died!"

With ticket in hand on Thursday, the Yanishes claimed their prize at Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville.

The couple said they plan to pay off their debts, including their mortgage, with their post-taxes windfall. They also plan to tithe a portion of their prize and also travel.

Yanish's winning ticket in the multi-state game of pure chance matched the first five numbers drawn. The winning numbers from May 14 were 13, 27, 47, 64, and 65 and the Powerball number of 9 proved elusive to Joseph Yanish.

This is the third $1 million Powerball prize claimed in Minnesota so far this year.

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Posted: June 6, 2016, 9:19 am - IP Logged

Well that's gotta be a first. A guy making a living playing horseshoes???

Another nice story of lightning striking on an impulse buy.

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    Posted: June 6, 2016, 10:03 am - IP Logged

    Well that's gotta be a first. A guy making a living playing horseshoes???

    Another nice story of lightning striking on an impulse buy.

    Says he's a "farrier".  Had to look that one up in the dictionary.  He shoes horses.  LOL

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      Posted: June 6, 2016, 10:33 am - IP Logged

      Says he's a "farrier".  Had to look that one up in the dictionary.  He shoes horses.  LOL

      Plenty of farriers, I'm sure, in the Saddlebred Capital of the world, Simpsonville KY.

       

      Congratulations on your win.  I'm scared to death of horses and they know it.  Seems like a well deserving win to me.

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        Says he's a "farrier".  Had to look that one up in the dictionary.  He shoes horses.  LOL

        Ahh, I missed that.

        Shoes horses. Now that makes more sense. LOL.

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           The Yanish family will enjoy a mortgage burning party. Congratulations!See Ya!

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            Posted: June 6, 2016, 11:18 am - IP Logged

            WTG Joe! Party

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            For a lead role in a cage?

             

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              Posted: June 6, 2016, 11:27 am - IP Logged

              Ahh, I missed that.

              Shoes horses. Now that makes more sense. LOL.

              It would be fun to make a living playing horseshoes though.

               

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                It would be fun to make a living playing horseshoes though.

                sounds like a song cue to me jejeje

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                  Posted: June 6, 2016, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

                  One of them was a Lucky Horseshoe!

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                    Posted: June 6, 2016, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats Joseph. 

                     

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                      According to a publication called the "Farrier Guide" the average (full time) Farrier salary is $92,623 per year.  And Farrier's who shoe racehorses make over $200,000 per year.  Seems I'm in the wrong occupation.  Unhappy

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                        Posted: June 6, 2016, 4:54 pm - IP Logged

                        It's nice to know that an "average Joe"... pun intended, can win on a whim with a few extra bucks. I wonder if he shoed those bucks...LOL

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                          Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

                          It's nice to know that an "average Joe"... pun intended, can win on a whim with a few extra bucks. I wonder if he shoed those bucks...LOL

                          Yea...I'm so glad a lawyer or doctor didn't win.  Not that I have anything against doctors.

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                            Yea...I'm so glad a lawyer or doctor didn't win.  Not that I have anything against doctors.

                            Apparently you missed the pun LIGB. The guy that won , his name is Joseph... hence "Average Joe" Do I need to explain the reference about the "bucks" too? Bash 

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