A Hayfield resident won $1 million by playing the Lottery’s Million $$ Match scratch game. Rodney Hegna of Hayfield went to Casey’s General Store, located at 720 – 2nd St. N.W. in Hayfield, last night to buy gasoline for his wife’s car and decided to also purchase a Million $$ Match scratch ticket.

“I filled up and scratched the ticket. I didn’t have my glasses on and I thought that I won something, but then I saw $1 million,” said Hegna. “I thought, ‘That’s not possible.’ Then I saw $70 above the $1 million and thought that maybe that’s what I won,” Hegna recalled.

He took the ticket home, put on his glasses and confirmed that it was a $1 million prize. Hegna then took the ticket to his wife, Jen, for a second opinion.

“He asked, ‘Are you sitting down?’ as I was sitting on the couch,” Jen laughed and added, “I said, ‘Hello?’ I’m not standing up.”

Rodney said that he didn’t sleep well after scratching the ticket and “I was afraid to even put the ticket down.” He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office this morning.

Million $$ Match is a $30 scratch game that offers a top prize of $1 million. Overall odds of winning a prize by playing Million $$ Match are 1 in 3.05.

Currently there are three of four $1 million prizes and six of seven $50,000 prizes remaining to be claimed.

The Million $$ Match game includes a special second-chance promotion that gives players another chance for large winnings. Ten lucky players will be drawn to participate in events around the Twin Cities area from April through October. Each player will win at least $10,000 — guaranteed! Twenty additional players will be selected to participate in the grand prize event at Mall of America® for the chance to win up to $1 million!

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.2 billion to help fund important functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. More than $800 million has funded critical environmental programs.

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