“Winning the lottery.” Often it’s a go-to expression for the near -impossible, and it’s odds make it unlikely to happen in any given lifetime. For the Powerball drawing held on May 6 by the Minnesota Lottery, the odds of taking home $1 million dollars in winnings, by matching the five Powerball numbers, was 1 in 11,688,054.
And it just so happens that a local, purchasing a ticket at Malmo Market on the northeast corner of Mille Lacs, happened to beat those odds.
A post was made at the Malmo Market Facebook on the morning of May 7, indicating that a winning, million dollar ticket had been purchased at the store. The Messenger verified this information with store owner Lynwood Elliot.
While Elliot did not know the name of the winning individual, he noted that the man was a store regular. “He’s in every couple days, and he gets a few things,” Elliot noted. “He just had the one Powerball ticket … He’s a really nice guy, and we’re happy for him.”
As for being the store to sell the winning ticket, Elliot added, “It’s really cool, especially when it’s a local who won. It’s nice to put ourselves on the map here.”
To quote the Facebook post with which Malmo announced the winnings, “It really does pay to shop at Malmo Market.”