Minnesota jackpot winner cashes in on welfare

A Cottage Grove woman was found guilty of fraud earlier this month after state officials found she was collecting state assistance even after raking in nearly $300 thousand in gambling winnings.
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A Cottage Grove woman was found guilty of fraud earlier this month after state officials found she was collecting state assistance even after raking in nearly $300 thousand in gambling winnings.

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