1st winning Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in Minnesota | Minnesota News

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Lottery officials said the first people to buy a winning Mega Millions ticket in Minnesota quietly redeemed their prize on Tuesday, opting to take the cash option and remain anonymous. They will raise $66.9 million before taxes.

The $110 million ticket for the April 12 draw was sold at a Holiday service station in Ramsey. Lottery officials could not say if the winners were from Minnesota, but they were told the couple had been playing the lottery since their first date more than 30 years ago.

A new state law allows winners of prizes of $10,000 or more to keep their names secret.

Erika Helvick Anderson, director of public affairs for the state lottery, said the couple plan to retire this summer and use the money to eventually buy a new home and cars and travel. They also told lottery officials it was okay to release a few details about them, but not their names, the Star Tribune reported.

“They’ve always loved hearing stories about previous winners, so they wanted to share a bit about them while remaining anonymous,” said Helvick Anderson. “They’re still thinking about that.”

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Mega Millions has been played in Minnesota since 2010. It is the fifth largest jackpot in state lottery history. The biggest prize won in the state was a $228.9 million Powerball jackpot in 2011.

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