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Park Rapids couple wins $150K in Powerball drawing

Park Rapids-Last week's lottery frenzy became a reality for a Park Rapids couple who won $150,000 in the Saturday, Jan. 9 Powerball drawing. Devan Bergerson and Amy Luther are still wrapping their minds around the big win, which came about when t...

Park Rapids-Last week’s lottery frenzy became a reality for a Park Rapids couple who won $150,000 in the Saturday, Jan. 9 Powerball drawing.

Devan Bergerson and Amy Luther are still wrapping their minds around the big win, which came about when they bought five tickets and the all-important multiplier.

By matching four of the five white numbers drawn, along with the Powerball number the original prize was $50,000 and tripled to $150,000 with the multiplier.

“It’s still kind of mind boggling,” Amy said. “We’re not used to having that kind of money.”

After federal and state taxes Devan and Amy take home about $100,000. They bought the ticket at T&M Express in Park Rapids.

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Once he purchased the tickets Saturday afternoon Devan took a photo and sent a group message to family, joking that he had the winning numbers for the drawing to be held later.

Devan, 29, and Amy, 27, live with her brother and his family.

By Saturday night Devan and Amy were settled in watching a movie in the basement, with little thought of the Powerball jackpot announcement, which at that time had reached an estimated $900 million.

There was about a two hour window between the drawing and confirmation where the couple had no clue they won $150,000.

Midway through the movie the couple took a break and checked their phones. Devan had 33 text messages and seven voice messages.

“Oh no, what happened? Is somebody in the hospital? Is somebody hurt?” they immediately thought.

Devan’s brother had checked the numbers and sent the first text. “Please confirm, did you win?” The anticipation was killing Devan’s family members, Amy said.

Devan checked the numbers online and confirmed the win. It was after midnight and with Amy’s brother, sister-in-law their 2-year-old sleeping upstairs they had to keep the celebration quiet.

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“I sat on the couch because I didn’t really know what was going on,” Amy said. “I’ve never played the Powerball before.”

Amy said with the little celebrating her and Devan did do late that night she thought they woke the toddler upstairs so she sent her brother a text message saying, to the effect, sorry for waking your son but we just won $150,000.

Luke didn’t see the message until the morning. Devan, who just recently earned a degree in finance, stayed up all night researching what to do with the winnings.

Monday, with the winning ticket tucked safely in Devan’s wallet, he and Amy made the trip to the Minnesota lottery headquarters in Roseville.

“It was kind of weird carrying it down to the Cities,” Amy said. “That little piece of paper worth so much money.”

Devan added, “It was already worn some from pulling it out and showing it to people.”

The process to collect took a couple hours having to fill out required paperwork, but eventually the couple got their photo taken indicating their big win.

Now what to do with the money?

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Amy joked because of Devan’s financial planning background she won’t be able to do anything irrational with her share of the money.

“It’s free money. That doesn’t happen every day,” she said. “I’m pushing for a vacation.”

Devan has the spreadsheets and putting his financial skills to work in planning for the future. Maybe put money toward a new home, “so we can get out of my brother’s basement,” Amy joked.

Devan even went to the ATM and printed a receipt showing his inflated balance, as sort of a keepsake.

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