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Blackduck man wins $1 million in New Year’s Day state raffle

Patricia and James Mattila of Blackduck with their $1 million check from the Minnesota State Lottery.2 / 2

James Mattila of Blackduck said he was like a “deer in the headlights” after he discovered he won $1 million in the New Year’s Day Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.

Mattila’s wife Patricia was just as in shock as he was. “It was beyond comprehension,” she said. “We looked at the ticket at least 100 times!”

Mattila says he has been a fan of the Raffle game since it started in 2006 because of its great odds. “This year I bought three tickets and look what happened.”

When asked if he will continue playing the Raffle game, Mattila replied, “Absolutely. But I’m going to just buy three tickets from now on!”

Mattila and his wife Patricia said the first thing they plan to do with their winnings is help his folks.

“They’re struggling like a lot of older people do,” James explained. “Whether they like it or not, we’re going to help them. Then we’ll buy new vehicles.”

The couple also plans to finish a small engine shop they started a few years ago. “We’ve been stalled by a lack of finances, so it will be nice to get that done,” added Patricia.

Mattila purchased his $1 million winning Raffle ticket at Blackduck Family Foods, located at 288 Frontage Road in Blackduck.

Minnesota Millionaire Raffle is a lotto game that offers Minnesota players the best chance to win $1 million. Raffle prizes include two $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, five $25,000 prizes and one hundred $500 prizes. Players also have the chance to win one of 38 bonus prizes in a special bonus drawing.

Ticket sales for this year’s Raffle began Oct. 29. All 600,000 tickets sold out on Dec. 16. The 150 winning numbers were announced on Jan. 1, and players had until Jan. 2 to collect all the raffle prizes.

For more information about the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle, including winners, unclaimed prizes and winning numbers, visit The website also has information about all Minnesota State Lottery games, and players can get winning numbers 24 hours a day by calling 651-634-1111.

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