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$1.6 million lottery winner George Nelson (right) is joined by (left to right) his son, Ventzi, daughter, Asya and wife, Shar, at a press conference Monday in Grafton, N.D. Nelson, a retired Grafton farmer, took a lump sum payment of $1.4 million after taxes were withheld. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Who wants to be a millionaire? North Dakota farmer wins lottery

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GRAFTON, N.D. -- George Nelson could be the model for a North Dakotan who wins a big lottery jackpot.

Quiet, showing little emotion unless one watches his mustache and eyes closely, Nelson has the deadpan humor of a retired Norwegian farmer who remembers "not having two nickels to rub together."

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He's a most unlikely person, he says, to win a $1.6 million jackpot, the state's biggest so far.

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