Updated: 05/19/2013 2:19 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Minnesota State Lottery players won nearly $3.9 million in prizes during the 6 ½-week run up to Saturday night's Powerball jackpot drawing.
The run ended with a single $590.5 million winning ticket sold in Florida. But two tickets sold in Minnesota for the drawing are worth $10,000.
Lottery spokeswoman Debbie Hoffman says two tickets sold in Minnesota earlier during the run were worth $1 million apiece, while a total of 12 tickets sold in the run were worth $10,000.
The 6 ½-week run also generated over $8.8 million for state government, including $4.9 million for the general fund, $2.3 million for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and over $800,000 apiece for the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund. Retailers earned $1.3 million in commissions.
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
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