Last minute shoppers find deals and discounts

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If you are headed to a mall this weekend, you can expect to see full parking lots. This is Santa's big scene, as the Christmas carol suggests, and WCCO-TV reports the number of last-minute holiday shoppers could actually be higher than the number that hit the stores on the day after Thanksgiving.

The station reports retailers are offering discounts deeper than on Black Friday. At the start of the season, stores offered savings of around 33 percent. In this final shopping weekend, discounts average more than 43 percent as retailers work to avoid getting stuck with too much merchandise on Dec. 26.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota lottery tickets are becoming a new holiday staple in some families. Last year, December was the lottery's top month for sales. An Edina convenience store, Lang's One Stop Market, sees a 15 percent hike in sales of scratch-off tickets around the holiday.

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