Minneapolis Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
MARCH 6, 2014—Berta Hanson of Minneapolis won $100,000 by playing the Funky 5s scratch game. She purchased the winning ticket at Mourado’s Liquors, 2426 - 2nd St. N.E. in Minneapolis.
Hanson claimed the prize on March 5.
Blaine Resident Wins $1,004,319 Jackpot
MARCH 6, 2014—Ronald Serritslev of Blaine won the $1,004,319 Gopher 5 jackpot on March 3. The second line on his three-line quick-pick ticket matched the numbers drawn to win the jackpot.
Serritslev purchased the winning ticket at Jensen’s Service Center, 550 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids. He claimed the prize on March 4. The winning Gopher 5 numbers for March 3 were 10-18-23-31-37.
Deerwood Woman Wins $25,000 Jackpot
MARCH 5, 2014—Shanon Ferrari of Deerwood won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 28, 2014. Her ticket matched the winning numbers 10-12-16-18-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Ferrari purchased her winning ticket at U-Pump-It, located at 29 W. Main St. in Crosby. She claimed the prize on March 4.
Hugo Man Wins Way More Than Expected
MARCH 4, 2014—Tom Gallagher of Hugo arrived at Lottery headquarters on March 3 to claim what he thought was a $300 prize on his Hot Lotto ticket, but it didn’t take him long to realize his ticket was actually worth much more.
“When I handed the gal my ticket and she said someone from Public Relations would be out soon, I thought it must be a slow day if they want to see me.” Gallagher soon discovered why.
His ticket matched the first five winning numbers drawn on Feb. 19, which is normally worth $30,000. But because he added the Sizzler option to his ticket for an extra $1, his prize multiplied to $90,000.
“If I would have known it was worth that much, I would have been here on the 20th,” he said.
As a regular Hot Lotto player, Gallagher explained that he always adds the Sizzler option to his tickets, saying, “I just figured if you hit 4 or 5 numbers and didn’t have the Sizzler, you’d be really chafed. After today, my theory has been validated.”
Gallagher purchased his winning ticket at Holiday, located at 5970 N. Highway 61 in White Bear Lake.
The winning Hot Lotto numbers from Feb. 19 were 10-20-28-33-45 and the Hot Ball was 12.
$26,000 Jackpot Won by Minneapolis Man
MARCH 4, 2014—Alan Starr of Minneapolis won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on March 2, 2014. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 2-19-20-22-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Starr purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstore, located at 12290 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville. He claimed the prize on March 3.
New Ulm Man Wins $77,777
MARCH 3, 2014—Emilio Medina of New Ulm is the first player to win the top prize of $77,777 on a Super Triple 7s ticket. He purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstore, 1201 Westridge Road in New Ulm.
Medina claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Feb. 28.
Mora Resident Wins $26,000 Jackpot
MARCH 3, 2014—Kim Gardner of Mora won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 25, 2013. Her quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 7-8-12-18-23 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Gardner purchased the winning ticket at Freedom Valu Center, 900 S. Highway 65 in Mora. She claimed the prize on Feb. 28 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville.
Minneapolis Resident Wins $140,000 Gopher 5 Jackpot
FEBRUARY 24, 2014—Contaa Hollins of Minneapolis won a $140,000 Gopher 5 jackpot from the Jan. 1, 2014 drawing.
Her quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn (19-33-35-45-47) to win the jackpot. Hollins claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Feb. 24.
Cub Foods, located at 5937 Nicollet Ave S. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
St. Cloud Resident Wins $26,000 Jackpot
FEBRUARY 21, 2014—David Carlson of St. Cloud won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 18, 2014. His ticket matched the winning numbers 1-9-11-13-31 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Carlson purchased his winning ticket at Speedstop Sartell, located at 230 Pinecone Road in Sartell. He claimed the prize on Feb. 20 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville.
“Saving up Luck” for $100,000 Win
FEBRUARY 19, 2014—Michael Ziertman of East Bethel said that normally he is “the epitome of unlucky.” That changed when he played a Funky 5s scratch ticket this morning and uncovered a $100,000 win. “I guess I’ve been saving up luck!” he added.
“I had a feeling that I was going to win today. I’ve heard people say that and thought, ‘Yeah, right. Nonsense.’ But I really did!” On his way to work, he stopped at Blaine Motomart, located at 10270 Baltimore St. in Blaine, and purchased two Funky 5s tickets. Ziertman scratched the tickets after he got to work and then headed to the Lottery’s office in Roseville to claim the prize. “I’ve driven by [the Lottery office] so many times and always thought, ‘I want to go there someday.’”
St. Paul Man Wins $25,000 Northstar Cash Jackpot
FEBRUARY 11, 2014—Gary Kaufman of St. Paul won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 4, 2014. His ticket matched the winning numbers 8-15-18-22-30 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Kaufman purchased his winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 1750 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood. He claimed the prize on Feb. 10.
Brooklyn Park Man Mixes It Up and Wins $1 Million
FEBRUARY 10, 2014—A Brooklyn Park man strayed from his normal Powerball® routine and it paid off with a $1 million win.
Michael Armstrong describes himself as a “whimsical player at best.” He enjoys playing for the big Powerball jackpots, saying, “I usually buy a single ticket for every $100 million.” However, Armstrong decided to mix it up with Wednesday’s $215 million estimated jackpot when he doubled his purchase from two tickets to four tickets at the last minute.
“I’m not sure why I bought four,” Armstrong stated. “But I’m glad I did. It’s a good investment for $8!”
Blaine Resident Wins $100,000 Scratch Game Prize
FEBRUARY 4, 2014—Christopher Weilert of Blaine won $100,000 by playing the Hot Hand Hold ’Em Poker scratch game. When Weilert uncovered the top prize he said, “I thought for sure I was reading the card wrong. I went over it several times.”
He purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstore, located at 10909 Radisson Road N.E. in Blaine. Weilert claimed the prize on Feb. 3.
Two Harbors Resident Wins $100,000
FEBRUARY 4, 2014—Mark Carlson of Two Harbors won $100,000 by playing the Lottery’s Black Cherry Crossword scratch game.
Carlson purchased the winning ticket at Holiday, located at 1086 Highway 61 in Two Harbors.
Grand Rapids Resident Wins $116,192 Jackpot
JANUARY 30, 2014—Brian Johnson of Grand Rapids won a $116,192 Progressive Print-N-Play jackpot by playing the $5 Bingo game.
Holiday, located at 202 E. 4th St. in Grand Rapids, sold the winning ticket.
Lake Lillian Resident Wins $88,888 Prize
JANUARY 29, 2014—Shelly Lemcke of Lake Lillian bought two Great 8s scratch tickets at the end of her work shift on Jan. 23, which she scratched in her car as it was warming up. Lemcke said she scratched all of the numbers on both tickets, then went back and slowly revealed the prize under the number matches.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lemcke said after revealing an $88,888 prize. “I sat there and looked at it.”
Lemcke purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 620 E. Lincoln Ave. in Olivia. She claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 28.
Eagan Woman Wins a 2014 Ford Edge
JANUARY 28, 2014—Malinda Wiehle of Eagan won a 2014 Ford Edge on a Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket purchased at SuperAmerica, 5201 Post Road in Minneapolis.
The ticket matched one of 150 sets of winning Raffle numbers announced on Jan. 1. The winning ticket number of 150438 won the 2014 Ford Edge bonus prize.
Dassel Resident Wins $100,000 Scratch Game Prize
JANUARY 28, 2014—Faye Duffy of Dassel had a feeling she was going to win a large sum of money. Her “feeling” became reality on Jan. 25 after purchasing a $100,000 winning Money Roll scratch ticket at Cash Wise Foods in Hutchinson.
Duffy showed her husband the winning ticket and said, “I told you so!”
“It was a huge blessing for us,” Duffy explained as she claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 27. “It’s pretty amazing!”
Cash Wise Foods is located at 1020 Highway 15 S. in Hutchinson.
Lakeville Resident Wins $31,804 Jackpot
JANUARY 24, 2014—Afanwi Kube of Lakeville won the $31,084 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Jan. 21, 2014. Her ticket matched the winning numbers 14-16-27-29-30 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Kube purchased her winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 16161 Cedar Ave. in Lakeville. She claimed the prize on Jan. 23.
Faribault Man Wins $1,000,000 on Mega Millions
JANUARY 23, 2014—Bruce Mills of Faribault won $1,000,000 on a Mega Millions ticket he purchased at Hy-Vee Food Store, 1920 Grant St. in Faribault, for the drawing on Jan. 21. His ticket matched the first five numbers drawn that night (8-23-33-45-52 and the Mega Ball is 4) to win the $1,000,000 prize.
Mills claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 22. He’s the fourth player to claim a $1,000,000 lottery prize since Jan. 1!
Oakdale Resident Wins $101,855 Jackpot
JANUARY 17, 2014—David Winfield of Oakdale purchased a five-line ticket for the Jan. 14 Northstar Cash drawing. That night he learned that the third set of numbers on that ticket matched those drawn to win the $101,855 jackpot!
Winfield purchased his winning ticket at Dancin On Sand, 1217 Geneva Ave. N. in Oakdale.
Inver Grove Heights Woman Wins $25,000 Jackpot
JANUARY 17, 2014—Kimberly Giddings of Inver Grove Heights won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Jan. 15, 2014. Her ticket matched the winning numbers 5-14-19-20-24 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Giddings purchased her winning ticket at Yocum’s Holiday, located at 2030 Eagle Creek Lane in Woodbury. She claimed the prize on Jan. 16.
Blaine Woman Wins $141,145 Jackpot
JANUARY 16, 2014—Marcia Turner of Blaine says she has been a huge fan of the lottery for years. She recently started playing the Lottery’s Progressive Print-N-Play game after a sales clerk at Neighbor Stop in Blaine recommended the game to her.
“I had never heard of it before, but I thought I should give it a try,” Turner explained. On the second Progressive Print-N-Play ticket that she purchased, a $3 Bingo ticket, Turner won a $141,145 jackpot.
“I didn’t know what to think,” she recalled after playing the ticket. “I had to go see if it was real or not.” Turner went back to Neighbor Stop, located at 601 – 125th Ave. N.E. in Blaine, to have the ticket scanned. Once her win was verified, Turner immediately called her daughter with the news.
Turner claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 15. She said she is looking forward to buying a new car. “And then I’m going to Lambeau next year,” she added with a smile. It would be the first Packers game for the long-time fan.
Motley Resident Wins $57,169 Jackpot
JANUARY 15, 2014—After Scot Nurnberger of Motley got home from work on Jan. 13, he called his wife at the same time he was playing a $1 Progressive Print-N-Play Crossword ticket. He thought he matched nine words and won $100. “I looked down and saw that I forgot to X the ‘U’ — that made another word. I thought, ‘Now I have 10 words.’ I told my wife I’d call her back.”
Nurnberger said he “checked the ticket over 10 times” to make sure that he had 10 words. He also went through each word, making sure that each letter in the 10 words matched the call letters. Feeling confident he completed 10 words, Nurnberger called his wife back, telling her, “You’re not going to believe this. I just won $57,169!”
Nurnberger claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 14. He purchased the winning ticket at New-Mart, 1969 Silver Bell Road in Eagan.
Erhard Resident Wins $300,000 Prize
JANUARY 15, 2014—Gary Grant of Erhard won $300,000 by playing the $300,000 Golden Ticket scratch game. He purchased the winning ticket at Erhard Municipal Liquor Store, located at 622 Fergus Ave. in Erhard.
Grant claimed the prize on Jan. 13 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville.
Cold Spring Man Claims $1 Million Raffle Prize
JANUARY 10, 2014—A Cold Spring man is the second player to come forward to claim a $1 million Minnesota Millionaire Raffle prize.
Carlos Vega Vega arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville today, along with his wife Rosalinda and son Carlos, to claim the $1 million prize that he won on a ticket he purchased at JM Speedstop, 1013 – 2nd St. S. in Waite Park.
Vega Vega, who has been playing the Raffle game for the past four years, says his win “was a long time coming.”
As the new owner of El Torito Mexican Market in Waite Park, Vega Vega plans to pay some bills with part of his winnings.
“Hopefully this won’t be the last time I’m here,” Vega Vega said with a smile as he left.
Blackduck Man Wins $1 Million Raffle Prize
JANUARY 10, 2014—James Mattila of Blackduck said he was like a “deer in the headlights” after he discovered he won $1 million in the New Year’s Day Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.
Mattila’s wife Patricia was just as in shock as he was. “It was beyond comprehension,” she said. “We looked at the ticket at least 100 times!”
Mattila says he has been a fan of the Raffle game since it started in 2006 because of its great odds. “This year I bought three tickets and look what happened.” When asked if he will continue playing the Raffle game, Mattila replied, “Absolutely, but I’m going to just buy three tickets from now on!”
Mattila and his wife Patricia said the first thing they plan to do with their winnings is help his folks. “They’re struggling like a lot of older people do,” James explained. “Whether they like it or not, we’re going to help them. Then we’ll buy new vehicles.” The couple also plans to finish a small engine shop they started a couple of years ago. “We’ve been stalled by a lack of finances so it will be nice to get that done,” added Patricia.
Mattila purchased his $1 million winning Raffle ticket at Blackduck Family Foods, located at 288 Frontage Road in Blackduck.
Clearwater Man Starts New Year With $100,000 Win
JANUARY 10, 2014—Kevin Dunderi of Clearwater bought 20 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle tickets as gifts for his family. “I give everybody in my extended family a Raffle ticket and I get the leftovers,” he said. “I told everybody to pick one and said, ‘I guess I’ll just have to keep them [the extra tickets].’”
On Jan. 2, Dunderi went back to Coborn’s/Little Dukes in Clearwater, where he purchased the tickets, to check them using the Lottery ticket checker. He got a message that the prize was too big to pay at the store. Dunderi asked his sister how much he won by sending her a text and then went bowling.
“Between the first and second games I checked my phone and found out that I won $100,000!” Dunderi recalled. “I didn’t believe it and I still don’t—this doesn’t happen to me!”
Coborn’s/Little Dukes is located at 705 County Road 75 in Clearwater. He claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 7.
Robbinsdale Man Wins $25,000 Jackpot
JANUARY 10, 2014—John Brunier of Robbinsdale won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Oct. 13, 2013. His ticket matched the winning numbers 2-15-18-21-31 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Brunier purchased his winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 5301 – 36th Ave. N. in Crystal. He claimed the prize on Jan. 9.
Porter Woman Wins $100,000 Prize
JANUARY 8, 2014—Amanda Hatletvedt bought $30 worth of lottery tickets on Dec. 29 that she boxed and wrapped for a holiday gift exchange she attended that day. One of those gifts was not selected in the exchange, so the Porter woman brought it back home with her.
After Hatletvedt and her significant other, Jesse Warnke, got back into the house after doing chores that night, she remembered the ticket sitting in the box. Warnke scratched the $100,000 Taxes Paid ticket starting with the winning numbers, followed by the player numbers. He discovered a number match, so he uncovered the prize. After revealing a $100,000 prize, Warnke said, “No way! I’m used to seeing $10, not five zeroes. I couldn’t stop shaking for probably an hour.” Hatletvedt added, “The zeroes never ended!”
The winning ticket was purchased at Cottonwood Co-op Oil Co., 147 Barstad Road in Cottonwood. Hatletvedt claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 3.
Golden Valley Resident Wins $100,000 Raffle Prize
JANUARY 8, 2014—A Golden Valley resident is one of the lucky lottery players who won big in this year’s Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. Paul Brinda claimed a $100,000 Raffle prize at the Lottery’s office in Roseville today.
Brinda’s Raffle ticket matched one of 150 sets of winning numbers announced on Jan. 1. His ticket matched the number 074767 to win one of the five $100,000 prizes.
River Liquor Store, located at 2435 Marshall St. N.E. in Minneapolis, sold Brinda’s winning ticket.
Bethel Man Wins $1,000,000 Prize
JANUARY 7, 2014—Adam Waller of Bethel became the first player in 2014 to claim a $1,000,000 prize from the Minnesota State Lottery.
Waller purchased four $1,000,000 Caesars Jackpot tickets on Jan 3 on the recommendation of a buddy. He scratched the tickets at home after buying them at SuperAmerica, 12504 Central Ave. N.E. in Blaine.
After scratching all of the play areas on the fourth ticket, Waller knew he had a winner after he uncovered three moneybags on the same line. He got a big surprise when he revealed the prize. “I thought I won $100,000 because I saw all the zeroes,” Waller recalled. “After I saw the words ‘$1 million,’ I knew that it was $1,000,000,” he continued. “I jumped up and down—it didn’t register in my brain.”
As he claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters on Jan. 6, Waller told the story about a psychic who was at a buddy’s house a couple of years ago. “He said I was going to be running into a large sum of money.”
St. Paul Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
JANUARY 7, 2014—On January 3, Jessica Carlson of St. Paul said, “I woke up and knew I was going to win $100,000 because it was cold and I wanted to go to Mexico.”
Later that day, while Carlson was at SuperAmerica, 577 S. Smith Ave. in St. Paul, she purchased a Money Roll scratch ticket. That ticket won the game’s top prize of $100,000. Carlson claimed the prize on Jan. 6.
Howard Lake Resident Wins $100,000 Raffle Prize
JANUARY 7, 2014—The New Year is off to a very lucky start for LaNette Thorson of Howard Lake thanks to a $100,000 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle win.
“It was unbelievable,” Thorson recalled after discovering her big win the evening of Jan. 2. As Thorson claimed her prize the following morning at Lottery headquarters in Roseville, she said, “One sleepless night was enough for me!”
Thorson purchased her winning ticket at Howard Lake Foods, located at 603 – 8th Ave. in Howard Lake.
Thorson’s Raffle ticket matched one of five sets of winning numbers (484983) announced on Jan. 1 to win $100,000. The other four $100,000 winning Raffle tickets were sold in Wright, Hennepin, Dakota and Morrison counties.
Hastings Resident Wins $84,636 Jackpot
JANUARY 7, 2014—The new year has gotten off to a great start for Hastings resident Andrew Beissel. A Northstar Cash ticket that he purchased on Jan. 1 matched all five numbers drawn later that day to win the $84,636 jackpot. Beissel claimed the prize on Jan. 6.
Roadside Pump, located at 225 West 11th St. in Hastings, sold the winning ticket.
The third line on Beissel’s five-line quick-pick Northstar Cash ticket matched the winning numbers 2-5-11-13-24 drawn on Jan. 1, 2014.
Stacy Resident Wins $29,000 Jackpot
JANUARY 6, 2014—Steven Elven of Stacy won the $29,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Dec. 20, 2013. The winning numbers drawn that night were 7-11-15-23-30.
Elven purchased his winning ticket through the Lottery’s iLottery Subscription Site.
Minneapolis Resident Saves the Best for Last
JANUARY 3, 2014 — Frank Brose of Minneapolis won $50,000 by playing the Diamonds & Dollars scratch game. He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 2.
Brose said that he had uncovered a winning symbol on his ticket and thought he’d probably won $20. To add a bit of suspense, he scratched off everything else on the ticket, saving the prize amount for last. When he finally uncovered the prize amount and saw that it was actually $50,000, “I was in total disbelief,” he said.
SuperAmerica, located at 1580 Ford Parkway in St. Paul, sold the winning ticket.
Woodbury Resident Wins $40,699 Jackpot
DECEMBER 31, 2013—Karin Bruehl of Woodbury played Progressive Print-N-Play for the first time on Dec. 17. She thought she won $100 on the $1 Crossword ticket she purchased at SuperAmerica, 9910 Norma Lane in Woodbury.
When she claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 30, she was shocked to learn that she won a jackpot worth $40,699!
Hillman Resident Wins $419,289 Gopher 5 Jackpot
DECEMBER 31, 2013—A Hillman resident’s $50 win at a local raffle was just the beginning of her lucky streak.
Lavonne Micholski won $25 in cash and a $25 gift card to Trails Edge Food-Fuel-Liquor Inc. in Buckman through a local raffle.
On Dec. 11, Micholski stopped at Trails Edge to use her gift card—she purchased some gas and one Gopher 5 ticket for that night’s drawing.
“My father always said it only takes one ticket to win—it just has to be the right one,” she said. It turned out her father’s advice was spot on after Micholski discovered her single Gopher 5 ticket was worth $419,289.
“It’s funny to think I didn’t really pay for my ticket,” Micholski explained. “It was just a gift giving me another gift!”
Micholski claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 30, 2013. Her ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn on Dec. 11, 2013 (10-25-31-39-46) to win the jackpot. Trails Edge Food-Fuel-Liquor Inc. is located at 9192 Highway 25 in Buckman.
$26,000 Jackpot Won by Lakeville Resident
DECEMBER 24, 2013—Dolores DeGrote of Lakeville won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 20, 2013.
DeGrote purchased her winning ticket at Holiday, located at 17280 Kenyon Ave. in Lakeville. She claimed the prize on Dec. 23.
Saginaw Man Wins $40,000 with Power Play
DECEMBER 24, 2013—Bruce Hanson of Saginaw won $40,000 by playing Powerball. His quick-pick ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball drawn on Dec. 18. Because he added the Power Play option when he purchased the ticket, the prize increased from $10,000 to $40,000.
Hanson said he had the ticket he bought for the Dec. 18 drawing in his plow truck when he decided to stop and scan it on Dec. 23. “When it said, ‘See lottery retailer,’ I couldn’t sleep all night!”
The winning ticket was purchased at Holiday, located at 5699 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth.
St. Louis Park Woman Wins $100,000 as a Gift
DECEMBER 24, 2013—On Sunday, Dec. 22 Gail Serbesku received an early Christmas gift from her husband—a Holiday Gift scratch ticket. “We couldn’t wait until Christmas so we scratched it that day,” the St. Louis Park resident recalled.
Serbesku said she scratched the winning numbers on the ticket before she started revealing her numbers. When she found a number match, she started to uncover the prize. “We thought it was a $10 winner and we were happy. Then we thought we won $100 and we were really happy. We didn’t know what to do when we saw three more zeroes [$100,000]!”
The winning ticket was purchased at On the Run, 16777 Marketplace Drive in Big Lake.
Maplewood Man Wins $130,000 Gopher 5 Jackpot
DECEMBER 24, 2013—George Hayes of Maplewood normally buys two tickets for every Gopher 5 drawing. On the morning of Dec. 21 he checked the winning numbers published in the newspaper to those on his tickets. When he discovered all five numbers on one of the tickets matched those drawn on Dec. 20 to win the $130,000 jackpot, his reaction was, “It was a surprise—a shock!
“I told my wife, ‘I think I won Gopher 5!’” Hayes said they called the Lottery’s Winning Numbers hotline and also checked the Lottery’s website to confirm their win.
Hayes purchased the winning ticket at M & H Gas, 721 Arcade St. in St. Paul.
Madison Lake Resident Wins $45,402
DECEMBER 13, 2013—Alaine Hoffman of Madison Lake won a $45,402 prize by playing the Lottery’s Progressive Print-N-Play game. Making the win just a bit sweeter was the fact that Hoffman’s winning ticket was free. She received a coupon for a free Progressive Print-N-Play $1 Crossword ticket by playing a Big Money Bonus Crossword scratch ticket.
Hoffman said she had been watching the progressive jackpot grow and thought, “Wow, someone’s going to win that.” She had been saving some free ticket coupons and when she decided to redeem them on Dec. 11, the jackpot had grown to $227,011.
She took her free tickets home to play. The third ticket was the winner $45,402. “I thought, ‘I’m getting a lot of words, I think I got 10 words!’” she recalled.
Progressive Print-N-Play games can be played as a $1, $3 or $5 ticket. The percentage of the jackpot won is determined by the ticket price. A $1 ticket pays 20 percent of the jackpot; a $3 ticket pays 60 percent of the jackpot; and a $5 ticket pays 100 percent of the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $5,000 and grows higher with each Progressive Print-N-Play ticket sold.
Hy-Vee Food Store, located at 2010 Adams St. in Mankato, printed Hoffman’s free ticket.
This is the second time that a player won big on a free Progressive Print-N-Play ticket. Patricia Weber of Askov won $71,111 on a $1 Crossword ticket in May 2013. Like Hoffman, Askov redeemed a free Progressive Print-N-Play coupon that she got while playing a crossword scratch ticket.
Columbia Heights Resident Nearly Misses $100,000 Win
DECEMBER 13, 2013—Theresa White of Columbia Heights is thankful that her husband always double-checks her lottery tickets because if he didn’t, she may have been out of a big win.
On Dec. 11, White played a couple of $100,000 Taxes Paid scratch tickets that her husband had purchased for her. She didn’t think they were winners and discarded them on the kitchen table. However, when her husband got home and looked them over, he discovered that one of her tickets was actually worth $100,000.
“I thought he was yanking my chain,” White said when her husband called with the good news. “I didn’t want to get giddy at first,” she explained. “Stuff like this never happens to me.” After her win was verified at Lottery headquarters on Dec. 12, White realized she can’t say that any more.
White received a check for $100,000 with the Lottery covering approximately $47,000 in taxes on the prize.
Easy Way Foods, located at 2820 Johnson St. N.E. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
Brooklyn Park Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
DECEMBER 10, 2013—Brooklyn Park resident Mel Melchizedek won $100,000 by playing the Hot Hand Hold ’Em Poker scratch game.
Melchizedek said that he isn’t a card player and wasn’t sure how to interpret the Hold ’Em poker-themed scratch game after he scratched it. “The next day we went to the gas station and they scanned it. The guy told me I had to go to the office,” recalled Melchizedek.
Still not sure what he won, Melchizedek arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville with the ticket on Dec. 9 and found out it was worth $100,000. “This is the only office that it’s good to have to come to,” he said with a smile.
Kwik Trip, located at 9495 Noble Parkway in Brooklyn Park, sold the winning ticket.
Gilbert Resident Wins $100,000 at Lucky Retailer
DECEMBER 10, 2013—Eveleth Short Stop in Eveleth is on a lucky streak. This Lottery retailer recently sold a $100,000 winning scratch ticket—the fourth big winning lottery ticket sold at this location so far this year.
Catherine Takanen of Gilbert purchased the $100,000 winning Win It All scratch ticket at the Short Stop on Nov. 24 while on her way home from work.
Takanen says she has been reluctant to buy her scratch tickets there because of its lucky history. “I figured that I’d have better odds someplace else since they’ve already sold lots of winners.” However, she decided to try her luck on a Win It All scratch ticket at the last minute after stopping for some gas.
Takanen was “in denial” after revealing the $100,000 win. “I thought I was looking at it wrong,” she explained.
Takanen claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 9. “That was the one day I can say I was lucky that I had to work later than normal,” said Takanen, who works as a nurse. “It officially feels real,” she beamed as she received her check.
The other three big winning tickets sold at Eveleth Short Stop so far this year include a $1 million winning Powerball ticket, a $14,000 winning Crossword Multiplier scratch ticket and a Hot Cocoa Crossword scratch ticket worth $10,000.
Eveleth Short Stop is located at 410 Grant Ave. in Eveleth.
St. Cloud Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
DECEMBER 4, 2013—Minnesota Army National Guard Specialist Bryan Kaml of St. Cloud and his dad stopped for gas at Casey’s General Store in Winsted on Dec. 1. Kaml’s father offered to buy him a lottery ticket while they were at the store; Kaml chose a Black Cherry Crossword ticket.
Kaml scratched the ticket on the dash of the car in the store’s parking lot. As he revealed more and more complete words, Kaml recalled saying things like, “Sweet!” “A little more money!” “This is pretty cool!” “I like this!” But at the same time, he was thinking, “There’s no way I’m going to get the $100,000.”
When Kaml finished scratching, both father and son counted the complete words several times and kept coming up with 10 words—which paid the top prize of $100,000. “I kept looking at it, 40 or 50 times!” Kaml said of the winning ticket.
Kaml claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 3. Casey’s General Store is located at 240 – 6th St. N. in Winsted.