FOREST LAKE, Minn.—Lottery players in Forest Lake and New Ulm in Minnesota are having a banner start to the new year.
The Minnesota Lottery's annual Millionaire Raffle drawing on Monday yielded two $1 million winners — one of which was purchased at the Moto Mart in Forest Lake near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Minnesota 97.
"I was excited for a half-second that it was me, but then it wasn't. Shucks. Back to work I went," said Faith Vincent, assistant manager.
Regulars were flocking to the gas station on Tuesday morning to see if they had the winning six-digit number, Vincent said.
"I've worked here for 11 years, and this is the biggest winner I've seen come out of here," she said. "The word has spread, but nobody's claimed it yet. We hope they come in because we want to congratulate them. We're dying to know. We're hoping it's a regular. It would be more fun. But it very well could have been someone just passing through."
The other $1 million ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store in New Ulm.
Tickets for the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle went on sale Oct. 24 and sold out on Dec. 12 — the earliest sell-out date in December on record, according to a statement from the Minnesota Lottery.
The Millionaire Raffle, which debuted in 2006, grows in popularity every year because there are guaranteed winners and it offers the best odds to win $1 million, lottery officials said. Each ticket costs $10.
There were 4,175 winning raffle numbers drawn Monday.
Five $100,000 winning tickets also were sold.
Among other prizes were Jeep Wrangler, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Polaris Ranger and five $25,000 winners.