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Central Minn. woman's lottery win tops $120,000

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—An Alexandria woman had the trip of a lifetime, winning more than $120,000 while waiting for her plane to take off.

Elizabeth Brown was on her way to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Jan. 24 when she stopped at Holiday Stationstores in Champlin for coffee and lottery tickets, according to a news release from the Minnesota Lottery.

"We wanted to have something to do in the airport while we wait," Brown, who was traveling to Arizona with her significant other, said in the news release.

Brown purchased a couple of $5 Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo tickets, a game she started playing in December when the rolling jackpot topped $500,000.

"All of a sudden I heard him say, 'I'm on fire,'" recalled Brown. Then she said he asked, "'What happens if it's a blackout?'"

"It was kind of blurry after that," Brown said.

She called the lottery office and confirmed the ticket was worth $120,290. "I didn't know what to do at that point — do we get on the plane?"

The couple decided to continue on their trip to Arizona.

Once they returned to Minnesota, the couple made a visit to Lottery headquarters in Roseville where Brown claimed the prize.

Lottery players have won more than $7 billion in Minnesota while the state has earned $2.8 billion in lottery proceeds.