Minnesota family wins first Lotto America jackpot worth $22.8 million

Minnesota family wins first Lotto America jackpot worth $22.eight million

Debbie Kujava stopped at a Holiday comfort retailer in Roseau, Minn., to shop for a Diet Sunkist after paintings on March 13.

While there, she determined to shop for a lottery-ticket package deal for $7. She concept she may win $1 or $2.

When she learned on Thursday that her price ticket matched each and every quantity for the multi-state Lotto America sport, she stepped out of doors to relax and smoke a cigarette.

“I was shaking. My heart was beating so fast,” Debbie Kujava stated Monday at Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Then, she referred to as her brother, Dennis Kujava. The siblings had an settlement: if both of them received the lottery, they might cut up the cash lightly.

The siblings are living a half-mile aside in Badger, Minn.; a small the town of 375 close to the Canadian border on Minnesota 11.

Debbie Kujava concept they received $2 million. When she informed her brother she concept they had been millionaires, he stated, “Yeah, right.”

It was once Dennis Kujava’s daughter, Denise Kujava, who found out they’d in fact received $22.eight million. She and her sister will percentage their father’s 1/2 of the jackpot.

After learning she received the jackpot, Debbie Kujava labored 3 12-hour shifts over the weekend as an authorized sensible nurse at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau.

She resigned from her process at 7 p.m. Sunday.

When she informed her boss she was once quitting as a result of she had received the lottery, Debbie Kujava began crying. “I love my job. I love my residents,” she stated.

Debbie Kujava, 57, plans to repay all of her expenses and her area, in addition to donate to a couple of charities together with North Country Horsemen Saddle Club in Middle River, Minn.

Denise Kujava, 34, works at Polaris Industries in Roseau and plans to repay her camper. “That’s all I know for now,” she stated Monday as she, her father and her aunt validated their profitable price ticket with the Minnesota Lottery.

Dennis Kujava, 66, is retired from running at Polaris. He plans to donate one of the vital cash to Concordia Lutheran Church in Badger.

“We’ve been going there all our lives, and it’s a rural church,” Dennis Kujava stated.

After taxes at the $13.five million cash-option payout, the Kujavas will obtain a test for approximately $nine.four million. As the shop that bought the profitable price ticket, the Holiday at 503 Third St. N.W. in Roseau will obtain a $10,00zero bonus.

The Kujavas received the first jackpot prize within the Lotto America sport that started simply 4 months in the past. Lotto America changed the canceled Hot Lotto sport.

The odds of matching all 5 Lotto America numbers plus the Star Ball are 1 in just about 26 million, in keeping with the Minnesota Lottery.

Along with Minnesota, Lotto America is performed in Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Updated: March 21, 2018 — 4:43 am

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