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ALGER — The first million-dollar payout since Ohio joined the Powerball ranks belongs to a Hardin County man.

Ohio Lottery officials announced this week that Stratton Minix, of Alger, matched five of five numbers without the Powerball in Saturday’s drawing. That combination normally yields a $200,000 prize. Not for Minnix.

According to lottery officials, Minix purchased Power Play, a multiplier option for an additional dollar a wager. With that, the prize rose to $1 million — the first $1 million winner since Ohio joined the Powerball game last month.

Minix could not be reached for comment.

Minix, a Ford retiree, and his wife plan to buy two Ford trucks, lottery officials said. Minix told lottery officials he and his wife used to travel to Indiana to play the game. Minix randomly picked his numbers.

The winning ticket was purchased at Alger Carryout, 106 E. Lee St. in Alger. The store will receive a $1,000 sales bonus.

According to lottery officials, Minix will receive a check for $690,000 after the mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 31 percent.

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