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Duluth man wins $1 million Powerball prize

Todd Solarz

A Duluth man just became $1 million richer.

Todd Solarz claimed his seven-figure Powerball prize Thursday, turning in a ticket for the June 7 drawing that he purchased from a Holiday Station store in Proctor — a ticket he almost threw away, according to the Minnesota Lottery.

“I always check the Powerball number first, and it didn’t match, so I didn’t think it was a winner,” Solarz said in a release on the Lottery website. “But then the other numbers started matching up.”

Solarz then asked family and friends to confirm his good fortune by texting them pictures of the ticket. It didn’t take long for him to realize just how much it was worth.

He won by matching the first five numbers drawn: 28, 30, 35, 58 and 59.

The Powerball number was 15.

“I would never imagined this happening,” Solarz said.

On Solarz’s Facebook page, friends posted several excited messages below pictures of a smiling Solarz holding a lottery sign emblazoned with a “1” and six zeros.

There was no immediate word on what he planned to do with the winnings.

Solarz and Joseph McGlynn, of Burnsville, each won a $1 million Powerball prize, and arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Thursday to claim their prizes.