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Gary Holk plans to head to Alaska next fall for a moose hunt with his son.

Park Rapids man to fulfill 'lifetime dream' after winning lottery

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Gary Holk will be heading to Alaska on a moose hunt with his son next fall, thanks to a lucky number.

The fulfillment of a "lifetime dream" comes via a $5 Holiday Winnings lottery ticket, the Park Rapids resident purchasing the ticket Friday, Nov. 30 at Orton's.

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Holk was sitting at home when he scratched the ticket and was "flabbergasted" to see he'd won $100,000.

"I had to look at it several times," the semi-retired 63-year-old said, "to make sure I wasn't seeing something."

He headed to Orton's to show them and was on his way to Minnesota State Lottery headquarters in Roseville the following Monday.

He'd won $500 "two or three times" previous to this, so he is no stranger to the procedure, including the copious paperwork.

"I buy tickets quite often. It's a good investment. I'm ahead of the game," he remarked of the recent windfall, the net amount of $67,750 now in the bank.

He's now checking into guides for the Alaskan adventure, his son Scott invited to accompany him.

"It will be a good experience for me and my boy together."

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