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Published May 15, 2013, 10:05 PM

Moorhead couple relaxing after winning Gopher 5 $1.4 million Jackpot

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead couple says they are looking forward to a good retirement after winning more than a million dollars in the lottery.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead couple says they are looking forward to a good retirement after winning more than a million dollars in the lottery.

Paul Echols says he regularly plays the Gopher 5 Jackpot, but was shocked to see that his ticket matched the winning numbers Tuesday morning.

He called his wife Joyce, and they took off for Roseville to collect the $1.4 million winnings. The couple says they don't plan to quit their jobs or a buy a big house.

Paul Echols, Lottery Winner: "Checked this morning, thinking boy, this can't be real. Looked at the account, and yeah, the money's in there. My God, we think this really did happen!"

Joyce Echols, Paul’s Wife: "It's nice to know that we do have that backup and we can pay off our debt, and live off of our paychecks and enjoy our life. The weight of the world lifted off our shoulders."

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