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Associated Press, Published January 04 2011

St. Cloud man turns $100 a week into $1 million

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A St. Cloud man who spent $100 a week for the last 12 years playing the Minnesota Lottery has finally won.

Daniel Goke's ticket was one of two tickets drawn on New Year's Day for the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.

He'll take home more than $677,500 after state and federal taxes.

The 54-year-old estimates he's spent more than $62,400 playing the lottery. He plans to pay off his house and truck, buy a boat and make a few investments.

Goke, who's been an assistant manager at Wal-Mart for 12 years, tells the St. Cloud Times that he's cashed a winning ticket three other times. He's won $100 and $250 twice.

He says he plays the lottery because it gives him a chance to win.

A Fargo man won $1 million last week in the Powerball.


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