St. Michael resident wins $200,000 lottery prize


While Michael Hedstrom was in Albertville running some errands on Dec. 10, he stopped at SuperAmerica, 5952 Large Ave. N.E., to buy some Wild Cherries lottery tickets.
 The St. Michael resident gave half of the tickets to his wife. While she was scratching the tickets, Hedstrom was in his attic getting more Christmas lights to hang outside. His daughter came out and told him, “Mom thinks she has a big winner and she’s freaking out.” Hedstrom said, “I got down and went in the house. My wife asked me, ‘Is this right? It says $200,000, doesn’t it?’ I said, ‘Yes, that’s what it says.’”
 After looking the ticket over carefully, Hedstrom determined it was a $200,000 winner and locked it in the safe. He claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 11.
 Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.4 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.3 billion to help fund necessary functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. More than $975 million has funded important environmental programs. 
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