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2 Minnesotans claim $1M lottery winnings

Deb Meyer, of Prior Lake, Minn., poses Friday with her check for $1 million. Her husband purchased the winning ticket in Crookston. Submitted photo

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Minnesota officials have announced the names of two lucky residents who bought lottery tickets worth $1 million each.

Deb Meyer, of Prior Lake, Minn., got her winning ticket from Superpumper in Crookston, though it was her husband who purchased the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket for her on Nov. 2 while on a hunting trip in northwest Minnesota, according to a news release from the Minnesota Lottery.

“While Mr. Meyer didn’t come home with a buck in the traditional sense, the Prior Lake couple later found out that the ticket he purchased during his hunting trip was worth 1 million bucks in the New Year’s Day drawing,” officials with the Minnesota lottery said.

Andy Gibbons, of Ely, Minn., also won $1 million from the lottery game, which has odds of winning the top prize at one to 350,000. Participants could buy tickets from Oct. 23 through Dec. 14.

Gibbons, who bought his ticket at the Voyageur Short Stop convenience store in Ely, claimed his prize Thursday, and Meyer collected her check Friday.

Prior Lake is a suburb of the Twin Cities in the southwest corner of the metropolitan. Ely is about 100 miles north of Duluth.

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