Lottery’s Best Chance to Win $1 Million is Back
OCTOBER 29, 2013—The Minnesota State Lottery is bringing back its most popular holiday game, Minnesota Millionaire Raffle, which features limited tickets, two $1 million top prizes and the Lottery’s best chance to win $1 million.
Starting today, a total of 600,000 tickets will be available for sale at all Lottery retailers across the state of Minnesota. Players will have until Dec. 31 or until they sell out, whichever comes first, to get in on the fun.
Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten anticipates an earlier sellout date, saying, “This is the eighth straight year we’ve offered the Raffle game and it continues to gain in popularity. I expect the game to sell out by mid-December.”
In addition to the two $1 million top prizes, the game features five $100,000, five $25,000 and one-hundred $500 cash prizes. Each ticket is also eligible to win a specific bonus prize, indicated below the Raffle number. Bonus prizes include a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible, a 2014 Ford Edge, a 2014 Ford Explorer, travel packages, shopping sprees, electronics prize packs and more. For a complete list of bonus prizes, visit mnlottery.com.
Each $10 ticket sold will contain a six-digit number that players will have to match to the winning combinations announced on Jan. 1, 2014.
Mega Changes Coming to Mega Millions
Game enhancements include larger starting jackpots & better overall odds
OCTOBER 18, 2013—Mega changes are coming to Mega Millions, the popular multi-state lottery game offered by 45 lotteries.
Effective Oct. 19, the changes will result in larger starting jackpots, better overall odds of winning, a $1 million second prize, and a 5x multiplier—while ticket prices remain at a $1 per play.
“We hope these changes will raise awareness and excitement for the game,” explained Lottery Executive Director, Ed Van Petten.
Beginning with the first drawing on Oct. 22, the starting jackpots will begin at $15 million, a $3 million increase to the current game structure. The minimum jackpot jump will also increase a minimum of $5 million per draw, which should result in faster growing jackpots.
The number of white balls will increase from 1 through 56 to 1 through 75, while the number of gold balls (the Mega Ball®) will decrease from 1 through 46 to 1 through 15. The matrix change will result in better overall odds to win a prize.
The second prize, which is won by matching the first five winning numbers, will increase from $250,000 to a whopping $1 million. In addition, the Match 4 prize will increase from $150 to $500. The rest of the non-jackpot winning prize levels will decrease to support the changes.
Minnesota players will also have the chance to win up to $5 million by adding the Megaplier® option to their ticket at the time of purchase for an extra $1 per play.
These are the first changes to the game since Minnesota began selling Mega Millions tickets in January of 2010.
Minnesota, Let Your Vegas Out
With the Lottery’s new Las Vegas-themed scratch game and contest
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013—The stakes are high with the Lottery’s newest Las Vegas-themed scratch game and second-chance contest. Now available at Lottery retailers across the state, $1,000,000 Caesars® Jackpot is a $30 scratch ticket that offers three $1 million instant top prizes.
Players who do not win instantly have a second chance to win up to $1 million. Non-winning tickets can be entered on LuckyMN.com to win one of 30 VIP trips to Caesars Palace® in Las Vegas. The 30 trip winners will get the opportunity to win up to $1 million at the Minnesota State Lottery’s $1,000,000 Caesars Jackpot Party. Trip packages also include round-trip airfare for two, ground transportation, five day/four night deluxe hotel accommodations in the four-star Laurel Collection rooms at Caesars Palace®, $500 food and beverage credit at Caesars Palace®, $750 in cash and state and federal withholding taxes paid.
The advertising campaign surrounding the $1,000,000 Caesars® Jackpot scratch game, urging Minnesota to let their Vegas out, launched today: http://www.mnlottery.com/caesars/.
Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.3 billion to help fund important functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. More than $875 million has funded critical environmental programs.
Visit www.mnlottery.com for more information about the Minnesota State Lottery. Players can also get the winning numbers 24 hours a day by calling (651) 634-1111.
Ham Lake Man Claims $149.4 million Powerball® Jackpot
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 — Paul White said he’s imagined winning the Powerball jackpot “so many times in my head.” His dream became reality when the second set of numbers on his five-line quick-pick ticket matched the numbers drawn last night to win a share of the $448.4 million jackpot. Two tickets sold in New Jersey also won the jackpot.
White, a project engineer at Elliott Contracting in Minneapolis, said that he learned he won the jackpot this morning after his significant other called him at work and told him there was a jackpot winner in Minnesota. White knew he had two tickets with the Powerball of 32. He checked the ticket and discovered the remaining numbers on one of those lines matched the numbers 5-25-30-58-59 and he was the winner of the $149.4 million jackpot. He selected the $86 million cash option and said some of his winnings will help his family.
Holiday, 1442 N.E. Crosstown Blvd. in Ham Lake, sold the winning ticket. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
This is Minnesota’s 22nd Powerball jackpot winner since Powerball began in 1992. Minnesota has also had six jackpot winners of Lotto*America®, Powerball’s predecessor.
Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in Minnesota
Ticket Worth $149.4 Million Sold in Anoka County
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 — One of three winning jackpot tickets for last night’s Powerball drawing was purchased in Minnesota. The ticket was sold in Anoka County. The ticket is worth $149.4 million if the winner(s) selects the 30-year annuity option or $86 million if the winner(s) selects the cash option.
The other two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey. The $448.4 million jackpot is the third largest in Powerball history.
“This is the 22nd time Minnesota has had a Powerball jackpot winner,” said Lottery Director Ed Van Petten. “We’re thrilled that a ticket sold in Minnesota won a share of this jackpot.”
The holder of the jackpot ticket should sign the back of the ticket immediately. The ticket should be put in a safe place and the winner(s) should call the Lottery’s Public Relations department at (651) 635-8271 to make arrangements for validation.
The ticket holder(s) has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. After the winner comes forward, he or she has 60 days to choose the annuity payment of $149.4 million or the cash option of $86 million ($58.3 million after tax withholding). The annual payment of the 30-year annuity increases by 4 percent each year. The first payment (before taxes) is estimated to be $2.6 million, with an estimated payment of $8.3 million in year 30. (A final payment schedule will be determined after the annuity is actually purchased.)
The winner(s) will receive the first payment about two weeks after the ticket is redeemed at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
This is Minnesota’s 22nd Powerball jackpot winner since Powerball began in 1992. August is a lucky month for Minnesota Powerball players—the last Powerball jackpot in Minnesota was won on Aug. 10, 2011. Minnesota has also had six jackpot winners of Lotto*America®, Powerball’s predecessor.