MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – To celebrate the launch of their new Walking Dead scratch game, the Minnesota state lottery held a special eating contest.

Participants had to eat brains!

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Not real brains, of course. Instead, doughnuts were used.

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Zombies also surrounded the competitors during the competition.

And there was a special guest at Saturday’s competition: competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi.

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Competitors ate through the qualifying rounds for the chance to take on Kobayahsi in the Zombie Pub Crawl next Saturday in Minneapolis.