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Merle "Roger" Marshall and wife Jeanne of Crosslake won $34,772 in Northstar Cash in April. Marshall used his winnings to pay off his truck, and the couple plans to continue traveling across the United States, one of their favorite activities. Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Crosslake couple hits the jackpot

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A daily ritual for Merle "Roger" Marshall of Crosslake paid off - literally.

In late April, Marshall, 83, won a $34,772 Northstar Cash jackpot after purchasing a ticket at the Holiday Stationstore in Crosslake.

"My old saying is, 'If you don't play, you don't win,'" he said. "Sometimes they see me coming into the store and they've got it all printed up for me."

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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