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Man claims nearly $550,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Bemidji

Michael Shelton claimed his nearly $550,000 Minnesota Lottery prize on Thursday. Submitted photo.

ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip.

The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home.

Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex.

Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.

On Thursday morning, an employee at Orton's told Shelton of his win, and he told lottery officials that instead of working on a fence, he decided to drive straight to Roseville to claim the prize.

Lottery players in Minnesota have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. Winners should call (651) 635-8273 (select option 2) to make arrangements to claim their prize.

To date, Minnesotans have won more than $7.3 billion from the Minnesota Lottery.

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