WELLS, Minn. (AP) — A retired veteran from Wells has claimed a winning lottery ticket worth nearly $1.3 million.

Benjamin Ramos Sr. matched all five numbers for the Feb. 10 drawing of Gopher 5.

He’s says he normally doesn’t play that game but his ex-wife called and told him the jackpot was getting big. He says he thinks Lady Luck was tired of seeing him lose.

Gopher 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot of at least $100,000.

The lottery says it’s the second jackpot over $1 million in less than two months.

He bought the ticket from Casey’s General Store in Wells and the owners will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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Comments (6)
  1. TL says:

    His ex-wife just fell back in love with him.

    1. richard says:


  2. likesCCO says:

    hopefully he will give his ex-wife a part of it, since she’s why he went out and bought the ticket! Good for him on the big win!

    1. roy says:

      She probably doesn’t have the money to buy anything, so told him to buy it, and of course, to keep peace he did. I would keep the whole pot! Just saying……..

    2. AntiTeabagger says:

      She probably got more than that over the years in alimony, I would give her nothing but the bird.

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