Eveleth man wins $1 million in Powerball drawingIf Richard Mervich of Eveleth has been telling friends he feels like a million bucks in recent days, he’s telling the truth — literally.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
If Richard Mervich of Eveleth has been telling friends he feels like a million bucks in recent days, he’s telling the truth — literally.
Mervich won $1 million in the Aug. 31 Powerball drawing by matching the five “white” numbers, the Minnesota Lottery reported; the only number he missed was the Powerball. He purchased the quick-pick ticket at the Eveleth Short Stop, 410 Grant Ave.
Mervich told lottery officials that on Sept. 1, the day after the lottery drawing, he stopped at a store to scan his Powerball and Hot Lotto tickets to see if they were winners. The Hot Lotto ticket wasn’t a winner, but when Mervich scanned the Powerball ticket the message stated that he needed to claim the prize at Minnesota Lottery headquarters.
That’s when Mervich and the clerk checked the numbers and discovered that he had five correct. At first, Mervich told lottery officials, he thought he won $200,000; the next day, a friend noted that the prize for matching all five white numbers was $1 million.
Mervich claimed the prize on Thursday at Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville.