The first thing new Mega Millions jackpot winner Kodjo Ayewonou will buy is a new auto.
The Lyft driver from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, when asked what he is going to do with the money, said, “Buy a Jeep!”
However, the immigrant from Togo, West Africa has even bigger plans for his winnings.
Ayewonou started the Ebenezer Charity Foundation in Coon Rapids.
Ayewonou plans to use some of his prize money to advance the mission of a non-profit organization that he started – the Ebenezer Charity Foundation in Coon Rapids.
The charity will provide sustainable access to clean water for people living in Africa.
Ayewonou said he has been working and praying for more money to help the cause.
Overview and Vision of the charity presented by president Kodjo Isidore Ayewonou and Executive Director Gloria Howard.
He said they brought food and clothing to the people at the Hiawatha camp last year and have plans to dig wells in Africa and help educate orphans in Togo.
Ayewonou purchased his winning ticket at Shady Oak BP, located at 11190 W. 62nd St. in Eden Prairie. The business earned a $5,000 bonus. PHOTO: Google
His ticket matched the first five winning numbers drawn on June 4 to win the Match 5 prize worth $1 million.
The June 4 Mega Millions numbers were 25-37-46-48-68 and the Mega Ball was 25.