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Red Wing man claims Hot Lotto Jackpot

According to the Star Tribune, a Red Wing man the Nov. 21 jackpot for the Hot Lotto and opted to take the $4.4 million cash option.

After tax withholdings, Jerome Cody's net winnings are $3,025,867, lottery officials said in a news release.

Cody bought his ticket at Freedom Valu Center in Red Wing. He said he stops in there twice a week for gas before heading to work in Hastings.

Erickson Oil, the parent Company of Freedom Valu Center, received a $10,000 bonus for selling Cody the winning ticket.

According to the Pioneer Press, the jackpot was totaled to be worth $7.1 million dollars at the time the numbers were announced Nov. 21.

On Thanksgiving morning, Cody stopped back in the store and asked the cashier to scan his ticket. A printed message indicated the prize was too large to redeem at the store and when the clerk printed the winning numbers, they realized that Cody had the winning ticket.

Cody is Minnesota's sixth jackpot winner since Hot Lotto debuted in 2002.