Mary Beth and David Wenell
August 14 , 2004
Eden Prairie Couple Claims Powerball ® Jackpot
Mary Beth and David Wenell of Eden Prairie spent the weekend in northern
Minnesota unaware that a Powerball ticket sitting on a dresser at their
home matched all of the numbers drawn to win the $98.7 million jackpot.
“We didn't realize what happened until we saw on the news that there was
a Minnesota winner,” David said. “They said to ‘check your tickets' — so
The Wenells compared the numbers on their ticket to the winning numbers
printed in the newspaper. They were shocked to see that the fifth line
on their five-line quick-pick ticket matched all of the numbers drawn (4-10-11-18-43
and the Powerball of 41). “We couldn't believe it,” Mary Beth said.
David purchased the winning ticket at Cub Foods, 8015 Den Road in Eden
Prairie. “I was getting ready to go to the lake. It was just an errand,” he
“I'm a dreamer — I've always dreamed of winning something like that. It's
fun to think about,” David said.
Will they continue to play Powerball? “Why not?” Mary Beth said with a
This is the second highest jackpot prize ever won in Minnesota. The Wenells
have decided to take the $53.1 million cash option ($35.9 million after
Mary Beth Wenell is 47 years of age and David Wenell is 52.
This is the second consecutive Powerball jackpot won in Minnesota. A Stillwater
couple won the $21 million Powerball jackpot on July 7.
Earlier this afternoon, Bradley Peterson of Prior Lake claimed the $100,000
Powerball prize from the Aug. 14, 2004 drawing. Peterson's ticket matched
the first five numbers drawn, but not the Powerball. Powerball prizes worth
$100,000 from the drawings on Oct. 22, 2003; Dec. 17, 2003, June 9, 2004
and July 28, 2004 remain unclaimed. Players have one year from the date of
the drawing to claim their prize.