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Cindy Haabala

Brandon woman wins $200,000 Lottery jackpot

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news Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

A Brandon woman won $200,000 playing the Minnesota Lottery.

Here's how it happened: On June 25, Cindy Haabala cashed in three winning Lottery tickets and used that prize money to purchase three $200,000 Jackpot scratch-off tickets at Pete's County Market in Alexandria.

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She took the tickets home and scratched them while she was talking on the telephone. "I didn't have my glasses on and wondered, 'What's under the 8?' I got off the phone, put my glasses on and said, 'I can't believe it!' " She had just uncovered a $200,000 prize.

Haabala claimed the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 16.

The $200,000 Jackpot is a $10 scratch-off game that offers a $200,000 top prize. There are currently two of the three $200,000 prizes remaining to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 325,700.

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery raise money for state programs. Since 1990, the general fund has received more than $1.3 billion to help fund education, public safety, health and human services and other programs. More than $875 million has gone toward environmental programs.

Visit www.mnlottery.com for more information.

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