Wells man wins $1.29 million jackpot

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Benjamin Ramos Sr. won $1.29 playing the Minnesota State Lottery's Gopher 5. -- Photo provided

A retired disabled veteran from Wells is Minnesota’s newest $1 million lottery winner. Benjamin Ramos Sr. claimed a $1,285,013 Gopher 5 jackpot at the Minnesota State Lottery headquarters in Roseville Monday.

Ramos says he normally doesn’t play the Gopher 5 game, but decided to buy a ticket after getting a call from his ex-wife that the jackpot was getting big.

“I guess Lady Luck was giving me a break,” Ramos said as he claimed his prize. “I think she was tired of seeing me lose.”

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Ramos purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store in Wells. Casey’s will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.