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Three out of five million dollar lottery tickets claimed on Jan. 2

There are still two big wins from December that have not been claimed.
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The Minnesota Lottery office in Roseville opened its doors at 8 a.m. on Thursday, and shortly after the state's newest million dollar winners started rolling in.

The two winners of the New Year's Day Minnesota Millionaire Raffle were among those claiming their prizes after they won $1 million each in the Wednesday draw.

The $1.6 million winner from a Gopher 5 draw in December, which had been unclaimed until now, also came forward.

The Minnesota Lottery says it's common for lottery winners who win late in the year to wait until January to claim their prize, presumably so they can defer the tax payment until the following year.

There are still two big unclaimed wins from last month though, the $1 million-winning tickets on the Powerball sold in Mankato on Dec. 18 and Big Lake on Dec. 21.

The first to claim their prize on Thursday was Charlie Wylie, from Elko New Market, who won $1 million on the raffle in what was the third time he played.

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In a Minnesota Lottery press release, he said that he thought it was a "glitch" when he checked the winning numbers.

"2020 is going to be a good year," he added.

The other seven-figure winners are as follows: 

  • The second $1 million Raffle prize was won by Camhong Ly, of Minneapolis, after buying the ticket at Cub Foods in Brooklyn Center.
  • The $1.6 million Gopher 5 prize won in Hermantown on Dec. 16 was claimed by Paul and Jeb Paczynski, both of Hermantown, who will split the prize. 

Two other big wins claimed on Thursday were claimed by Zulfiquar Punjani, of Blaine, who won $500,000 on a 100X scratch card he bought at a Super Day 2 in St. Paul, and Brian Eggert, of Elk River, who won $200,000 on the Money Maker scratch game. 

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