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Minnesota couple wins big Gopher 5 lottery prize

Minnesota LotteryMinnesota Lottery: Minnesota couple wins big Gopher 5 lottery prize

After years of playing the lottery, a Witoka, Minnesota, couple hit the jackpot Tuesday.

Bob Allred hit all five numbers in the Gopher 5 lottery and won $1.4 million.

Allred and his wife, Beth, have played the lottery for "many, many years."

Bob said usually they play a certain set of numbers, but on Tuesday, while visiting his father at the Sauer Memorial Home off Highway 61, he stopped in the SuperAmerica convenience store and bought five tickets with computer-generated numbers.

Allred said he and Beth usually watch the drawing on television Tuesday and Thursday nights, but they were busy cleaning a cemetery Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, Beth checked her numbers in the newspaper and told Bob she guessed she would still have to go to work. Then she checked Bob's.

"She looked again and dropped her spoon in her cereal," he said.

They both went to work, still not sure if they had really won. Later, Bob got an official Minnesota Lottery print out, which confirmed his winning numbers. "There was one winner," he said. "And it was us."

Allred said he wanted to tell his family all at the same time, so he asked his two sons, Mark and Michael, and their wives to come over Thursday night.

"Wednesday and Thursday were pretty long days," he said.

The couple took the day off Friday and went to the lottery headquarters in Roseville, where they claimed their check for $958,000 n after taxes.

"Boy, Uncle Sam takes a chunk," Allred said. He expects to have to pay another $150,000 next April.

That night, they stopped at Treasure Island Casino for a celebratory dinner and a little more gambling. (They weren't as lucky this time.)

Sunday, life was getting back to normal, as Allred spent the afternoon mowing the grass.

Allred, 53, doesn't plan to quit his job at the Coca Cola bottling plant in Winona, but he said Beth, 52, will be able to retire early from her job in Rochester after more than 25 years of commuting.

"It's time to get her off the freeway," he said.

Otherwise, they plan to set aside some college money for their three grandchildren and pay off the mortgage on their home.

"It's going to make our life comfortable," Allred said.

Winona Daily News

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Posted: May 8, 2006, 11:22 am - IP Logged

 

Go....Minnesotaaaaaaaa couple $$$&$$$ congrats

to each of you for $TICKIN$ with it for so longgggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L@@K's like one of you used computer-generated picks and the other's...

lotto system was broken down that day but, neverthele$$..you WON-one!

Maby these computer generated numbers work better oon a pick-5, right?

Enjoy your win & PSYKOMO gives you permission to .......

"Retire....whenever....you choose"!!!!!

lol

PSYKOMO 


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    Posted: May 8, 2006, 11:51 am - IP Logged

    They expect to pay 600k in taxes total? That is close to 45%. They better pick up a boatload of losing tickets off the floor as this year goes on!

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      Posted: May 8, 2006, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

      They still left the lottery office with a lot of money.

      Dance like no one is watching.

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        Posted: May 8, 2006, 5:53 pm - IP Logged

        To the Minn. couple, don't spend it in one place.

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          Posted: May 9, 2006, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

          i was reading this and i dropped my cereal in my spoon.....

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            Posted: May 9, 2006, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

            i was reading this and i dropped my cereal in my spoon.....

            Why?

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              Posted: May 10, 2006, 7:35 am - IP Logged

              Wednesday morning, Beth checked her numbers in the newspaper and told Bob she guessed she would still have to go to work. Then she checked Bob's

              "She looked again and dropped her spoon in her cereal," he said

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                Posted: May 10, 2006, 10:55 am - IP Logged

                Oh, okay.  I thought you found something in the article that you found surprising, and that you were just using the same words (twisted for fun).  I didn't see anything very surprising, so wondered what you saw.  LOL


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                  Posted: May 25, 2006, 7:40 pm - IP Logged

                  I would like NY to change Take Five to a jackpot game. AFAIK the state legislature would have to approve it.