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Elk River man claims $21.6M lottery prize

Elk River man claims $21.6M lottery prize Photo: Minnesota Lottery

Updated: July 12, 2019 04:09 PM

An Elk River man said he couldn't believe his eyes after finding out he was the winner of a $21.6 million lottery jackpot.

Jeffery Love said his Lotto America ticket was in the glove box of his car until Friday morning. He stopped at a lottery retailer Friday morning on his way to work and scanned his ticket. After the scanner instructed him to contact the Minnesota Lottery to claim a prize he said he started to wonder.

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"I thought, 'Okay, this is big. Let me check the numbers on my phone,' Love said in a news release from the Minnesota Lottery. "When I compared the winning numbers to my ticket, they matched exactly. I called [my wife] Vickie and said, 'We have a situation.'"

Added Love, "I didn't trust my eyes, I wanted to have Vickie look at it."

He said he initially called into work and told them he'd be "a little late." A short time later he called back and let them know he wouldn't be in at all Friday.

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After seeing the ticket and confirming the winning numbers "eight or 10 times," Vickie Love also told her employer that she needed the day off.

Jeffery Love said it's long been one of his dreams to visit the Minnesota Lottery office in Roseville and claim a big prize.

"I drive by the lottery office every day on my way to work and always say, 'One day … one day,'" he said. And now he's had his day.

Love's ticket matched all five numbers, plus the Star Ball drawn on July 10 to win the jackpot. The Holiday Stationstore located at 14075 Ramsey Boulevard in Ramsey sold Love the winning ticket and will also receive a $10,000 bonus. The Minnesota Lottery said the store has in the past sold a $1 million winning Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket and a pair of $50,000 winners.

It's the state's second Lotto America jackpot win, the Minnesota Lottery confirmed.

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