MOOREHEAD, Minn., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Minnesota man won his second lottery jackpot in less than two years playing the same game, bringing his total winnings to more than $250,000.
Steven Jenson, 59, said he buys lottery tickets from the Oasis convenience store in Moorehead nearly every day, and his tenacity first paid off with a $56,914 prize from the Minnesota State Lottery’s Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo game in April 2015.
Jenson played the same game this month and was awarded $194,775, taking his total winnings to more than $250,000.
“It helps,” Jenson told the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper, “puts a lot of stress off everything.”
He said his first jackpot paid off some bills and bought his wife a new car, with the rest going into the bank for an emergency fund. He said the new money will likely also go toward the rainy day account, but he might also buy himself a new truck.
Jenson said he still works unloading railcars and loading trucks at a wholesale lumber yard and doesn’t plan to retire for another two years.
“I’ve always said I’m going to work as long as I can, and as long as I can put up with it,” he said.
The two-time winner said he’s become a bit of a celebrity at the Oasis, which received a $1,000 bonus for each of his wins.
“One gal I met at the store where I won asked me if I was married,” Jenson said.