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LINO LAKES, Minn. (WCCO) — Miller’s on Main may not be a major destination for a great lobster dinner. But combine delicious crustaceans and a popular game of chance, and you’ll see folks lining up.

“Who wouldn’t like a lobster dinner,” said Chad Wagner, owner of Miller’s on Main in Lino Lakes.

The price starts at $2, but the real cost is found in the incredible concentration it takes, because how you actually get the meal is quite the lobster tale.

“I had a $4 lobster dinner, I’m not complaining,” said Matt Madsen.

The Lobster Zone is a spin on the old claw game you played as a kid, where the objective was to pick up stuffed animals with a claw. The prizes for the lobster zone are real, live lobsters.

It’s a game where catch and release isn’t the objective, but it’s almost always the outcome. The elusive lobster outsmarting the hungry fisherman and another tale of the one that got away.

“I think it’s a game of chance,” said Madsen.

The thought of lobster fishing keeps customers coming back and paying for a potential meal.

“I’ve seen someone, on the first try, get a lobster and I’ve seen other people take several tries,” said Wagner.

Our parents always told us not to play with our food, but they never said anything about playing for our food.

If you win, Miller’s on main will cook the lobster for free. Wagner has had the game about two weeks and his staff said they have already seen customers drop $100 on the game.

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