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Local man wins $200,000 in Lottery game

Darrell Nelson of Alexandria recently won $200,000 playing the Minnesota Lottery's "Wild Cherry Slots" scratch-off game.

The Holiday gas station at 650 50th Avenue West in Alexandria sold the winning ticket. The overall odds of winning a prize in the $10 Wild Cherry game are about 1 in 3 but the odds of winning the biggest prize of $200,000 are 1 in 288,000.

Nelson was the first one to win the biggest prize; four of the five $200,000 prizes remain.

Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $1.9 billion for state programs, according to Lottery officials. The state's general fund has received more than $1.1 billion to help fund functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. An additional $732 million has funded environmental programs.

Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older. Please pay responsibly. If you or someone you know needs help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-333-HOPE.

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