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Minn. couple claims $2.61M Hot Lotto jackpot

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Grand Rapids couple has come forward with a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth $2.61 million.

Sandy and Don Conrad accepted a symbolic oversized check Wednesday at Minnesota State Lottery headquarters.

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Sandy Conrad purchased the winning ticket Saturday at the River Road Market in Grand Rapids. She says she went to work Monday and found out that someone in Itasca County had won Hot Lotto, but she didn't check the numbers until she got home.

She says she couldn't believe it when her numbers matched the numbers drawn — 1-4-9-17-21 and 10 for the Hot Ball.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/zBmjYG) reports the Conrads decided to take their winnings all at once — $1.98 million before taxes.

Sandy Conrad works at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review newspaper. Her 64-year-old husband is retired.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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