Some lottery winners spend their prize money living a life of luxury, while others choose to stay humble instead. One of them is Joe Meath from East Bethel who didn’t use his $11.7 million lotto prize as an excuse to do nothing for the rest of his life and is still plowing Minnesota roads.
Unlike many lotto winners who would just book a trip to some exotic destination, Joe Meath is not only staying put in his snowy state, but he’s also keeping his snow plow job. He’s been retired for a few years now, and isn’t doing this for the money, but as a favor to his neighbors.
“I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this today,” Meath said. “It’s been fun doing what we’ve done with the money. We bought another house, we bought a motor home, but other than that, it’s been difficult with trying to figure out what to do with the money.”
After hitting it big, Meath’s gotten a lot of requests for loot from some unexpected individuals. One of them even sent him an arrest record asking for $75,000 for bail claiming he was wrongfully arrested. Weird requests might keep coming his way, but in spite of all Mr. Meath plans to save everything up for the ones who truly matter to him.
“It’s sort of scary now because you have to realize you have to keep a hold of the money you have won for your future. We think about making sure there’s enough for our kids and our grandkids down the line,” he said.