Press Release

Paul & Sue Rosenau

May 3, 2008


Waseca Man Wins $180.1 Million Powerball® Jackpot
Largest Lottery Prize Ever Won in Minnesota!

A Waseca man won the $180.1 million Powerball jackpot from Saturday’s drawing — the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in Minnesota.

“It’s just really amazing,” said Paul Rosenau as he arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville today with his wife, Sue.

The couple discovered their win May 4, the night after the drawing, while watching the 10 p.m. news. “We were in our jammies and ready to go to bed,” Paul recalled. But after realizing that the numbers on their single line quick-pick ticket matched the winning Powerball numbers on the screen, their plans quickly changed. The couple went to Sue’s place of employment to use the computer to double check their ticket. The numbers on the ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn of 2-28-36-42-46 plus the Powerball number (40).  

Still in disbelief, Paul had to double check the winning numbers again in the newspaper the next morning. “He was thinking that the numbers were going to change overnight,” joked Sue. “I was checking the paper for an hour,” Paul added. “I was soaking wet just from the nerves.”

"It’s something you just never think will happen,” Sue continued. The Rosenaus have elected to take the $88 million cash option ($59.6 million after tax withholding).

The couple, both 54, say they have no plans to retire any time soon. Paul is employed as a heavy equipment operator for BCM Grading and Excavating Company in Faribault, a subsidiary of Met-Con Companies, Inc. Sue works as a project and communications assistant for Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Waseca.

Hy-Vee Gas, located at 1930 Grant St. in Faribault, sold the winning ticket. Hy-Vee Incorporated will receive a $50,000 bonus.   

This is Minnesota’s 20th Powerball jackpot winner since Powerball began in 1992, and the first jackpot winner since November 2006.

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