Roseville, MN (KROC AM News) - The new year got off to a good start for a northern Minnesota man - a really good start.

Andy Gibbons of Ely showed up at state lottery headquarters Thursday to turn in his winning Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket and collect its $1-million prize. He told lottery officials he “double checked his ticket eight times” Tuesday to make sure he was not mistaken - and then went to work.

“After I realized I had won, I actually had work to do, so I went to work. I work at a camp and there was some cleaning that needed to be done. I went to work and cleaned some lodges,” he said.

“It didn’t really sink in until about 9 a.m.,” he said. “I wasn’t really sure until I heard it through Facebook that the winner was from Ely.”

Gibbons bought the lucky ticket at a convenience store in Ely.

Another million dollar ticket for the same game was sold in Crookston and as of late Thursday, had not been turned in yet.

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