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Forum News Service, Published May 21 2013

VIDEO: Moorhead couple wins $1.4 million in Minn. lottery game

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead couple said they are looking forward to a good retirement after winning more than a million dollars in the lottery.

Paul Echols said last week that he regularly plays the Gopher 5 Jackpot, but was shocked to see that his ticket matched the winning numbers May 14.

He called his wife Joyce, and they took off for Roseville to collect the $1.4 million winnings. The couple said they don't plan to quit their jobs or a buy a big house.

"Checked this morning, thinking boy, this can't be real. Looked at the account, and yeah, the money's in there. My God, we think this really did happen!" Paul Echols said last Wednesday.

"It's nice to know that we do have that backup and we can pay off our debt, and live off of our paychecks and enjoy our life," Joyce Echols said. "The weight of the world lifted off our shoulders."