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.
Mound Resident Wins $30,520 Jackpot
DECEMBER 3, 2013—John Benz Jr. of Mound won the $30,520 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Dec. 1, 2013. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 24-26-27-28-31 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Benz purchased his winning ticket at Three Points Shell, located at 5550 Three Points Blvd. in Mound.
Bloomington Man Wins $27,000 Jackpot
DECEMBER 2, 2013—Donald Vitters of Bloomington won the $27,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 23, 2013. The winning numbers drawn that night were 14-16-18-20-29.
Vitters purchased his winning ticket through the Lottery’s iLottery subscription site.
Minneapolis Woman Wins $26,000 Jackpot
NOVEMBER 25, 2013—Annetta Allen of Minneapolis won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 18, 2013. The first line on her two-line ticket matched the winning numbers 5-12-15-25-31 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Allen purchased her winning ticket at Lyndale-Amoco, located at 5400 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
East Bethel Man Wins $500,000 Scratch Game Prize
NOVEMBER 20, 2013—David George of East Bethel is looking forward to going on his first family vacation thanks to a $500,000 lottery win.
George plans to take his wife and two sons to “a sunny beach somewhere,” saying, “We’ve never taken a family vacation before so I can’t wait to be able to do this for my family.”
He purchased the $500,000 winning Diamonds & Dollars ticket on Nov. 15 at Coopers Corner Liquor Store, located at 23733 Highway 65 N., in East Bethel.
“I was in shock,” George recalled after he scratched off his big win. “I had a hard time believing it was real.” He had an even harder time convincing his wife about his newfound fortune. “I sent her a picture of the ticket and she still didn’t believe it,” he said. They both agreed that they weren’t going to “get their hopes up” until it was official.
George’s $500,000 win became official on Nov. 20 when he claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
St. Paul Resident Finally Gets to Visit Lottery Office
NOVEMBER 19, 2013—“I’ve seen the Lottery office as I drove by on 35W so many times and I always thought, ‘One of these days I’d like to visit that place,’” said James Southward of St. Paul. He finally got his wish thanks to an $89,251 Northstar Cash ticket.
Southward said that he called the Lottery’s player hotline after Saturday’s Northstar Cash drawing to listen to the winning numbers. “I thought, ‘Boy, those numbers sound good.’” He called again, this time with his ticket in hand, his excitement increasing as he heard each of the five winning numbers. “As I listened, I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah! Yeah! Bingo! Winner!”
M & H Gas, located at 721 Arcade St. in St. Paul, sold the winning ticket. Lottery players have had a lot of luck at this retailer. Previous big prizes won on tickets purchased at this M & H include: A $31 million Powerball jackpot, $100,000 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle prize, $84,343 Northstar Cash, a $100,000 scratch game prize, four $25,000 prizes, a $21,000 prize, two $20,000 prizes, two $15,000 prizes and five $10,000 prizes.
Southward claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Nov. 18.
Duluth Resident Wins $25,000 Northstar Cash Jackpot
NOVEMBER 13, 2013—Maurice Harris of Duluth won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 3, 2013. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 3-7-11-24-25 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Harris purchased his winning ticket at 9th Street Short Stop, located at 1301 E. 9th St., Duluth.
St. Paul Resident Wins $326,543 Gopher 5 Jackpot
NOVEMBER 8, 2013—Magno Paredes of St. Paul won Wednesday’s $326,453 Gopher 5 jackpot.
The second line of Paredes’ quick-pick ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn on Nov. 6 (2-11-18-23-26) to win the jackpot.
Paredes purchased his winning ticket at SSG Holiday, located at 12370 Point Douglas Drive, in Hastings.
White Bear Lake Resident Wins $250,000 Prize
NOVEMBER 8, 2013—Harold Chalkline of White Bear Lake won a $250,000 Mega Millions prize. His winning ticket matched the first five numbers drawn on Aug. 30 to win $250,000.
Chalkline purchased his winning ticket at Holiday, located at 1150 County Road J East in White Bear Township.
Mankato Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
NOVEMBER 8, 2013—David Florine of Mankato won $100,000 by playing the Lottery’s Win It All scratch game.
When he played the ticket and uncovered the $100,000 win, he showed the ticket to his wife and mother-in-law. “I hadn’t eaten dinner with my wife and mother-in-law in a long time, but I went down and joined them after I won,” he said.
“I was so excited,” recalled Florine. “I was emotional enough to scare the dog!”
Kwik Trip, located at 17 Stoltzman Road in Mankato, sold the winning ticket.
Andover Resident Wins $25,000 Northstar Cash Prize
NOVEMBER 7, 2013—Jessica Betzler of Andover won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Nov. 4, 2013. Her quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 4-8-18-25-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Betzler purchased her winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 12900 Riverdale Drive in Coon Rapids.
Bloomington Man Wins $34,805 Northstar Cash Jackpot
NOVEMBER 5, 2013—James Veeder Sr. or Bloomington won Saturday’s $34,805 Northstar Cash jackpot.
Veeder selected all five winning numbers drawn on Nov. 2 (6-13-19-25-31) to win the jackpot.
Veeder purchased his winning ticket at Holiday, located at 8920 Penn Ave. S. in Bloomington.
Williams Resident Wins $26,000 Northstar Cash Prize
October 31, 2013—David Soliah of Williams won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Oct. 27, 2013. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 5-7-10-16-20 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Soliah purchased his winning ticket at Border Bait Co. Inc., located at 3371 State Highway 172 N.W. in Baudette.
Isanti Woman Receives “Best Gift Ever”
October 29, 2013—Susan Larsen of Isanti received the best gift of all at her daughter’s bridal shower on Oct. 26—a $100,000 winning Black Cherry Crossword scratch ticket.
Larsen won the ticket after getting the most correct playing a “How well do you know the Bride?” game. “Of course, I won,” she said. “The mom always wins games like that.”
“I didn’t think much of it,” Larsen recalled after getting the ticket. In fact, she didn’t even scratch it until the following day. Larsen initially thought it was a $5,000 winner, but after revealing a couple more letters she had previously missed, she discovered it was actually worth $100,000.
Larsen claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Oct. 28. “Hands down, best gift ever,” she said.
North Oaks Holiday, located at 4540 Centerville Road in White Bear Lake, sold the winning ticket.
South St. Paul Resident Wins $250,000
October 29, 2013—Lucidalia Moncada of South St. Paul won $250,000 by playing the Silver & Gold scratch game. She purchased the winning ticket at Kaposia Convenience Center, located at 1214 Southview Blvd. in South St. Paul.
Moncada claimed the prize on Oct. 28 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville.
Ramsey Resident Wins $13,000 Northstar Cash Prize
October 29, 2013—Kevin Hyland of Ramsey won $13,000 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. His ticket matched the winning numbers 17-20-21-27-31 drawn on Oct. 25 to share the $26,000 jackpot. The holder of the other $13,000 winning ticket, sold in Morrison County, has not yet claimed the prize.
Hyland purchased his winning ticket at Holiday, located at 107 – 6th St. S.E. in Minneapolis.
Red Wing Resident Wins $70,702
OCTOBER 25, 2013—Michael Austin of Red Wing won $70,702 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. The fourth line on his four-line quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Oct. 23 to win the jackpot.
Econofoods, located at 160 Tyler Road in Red Wing, sold the winning ticket.
Willmar Resident Wins $250,000 Scratch Game Prize
OCTOBER 23, 2013—Wayne Nelson of Willmar won $250,000 by playing the Silver & Gold scratch game. He purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, located at 1021 – 19th Ave. S.W. in Willmar.
Nelson claimed the prize on Oct. 21 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville.
Roseau Resident “Wins It All”
OCTOBER 21, 2013—Ryan Scott’s recent $100,000 lottery win came as a close call.
On Oct. 17, Scott made a $10 purchase at the Cenex C-Store in Roseau and got $10 in change. The Roseau resident was almost out the door when he decided to make a last minute purchase—buying one $5 Win It All scratch ticket and one $5 Hit $500 scratch ticket.
After playing the tickets, Scott discovered he won a $100,000 top prize on the Win It All scratch ticket. “I couldn't believe that I had actually won that much,” he recalled. “I had to go back to the store right away to make sure it was true.” After verifying his big win, Scott said, “There was a lot of excitement going around.”
Scott arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Oct. 18 to claim his prize. “It’s crazy to think that I wasn’t going to buy it,” he said, referring to his winning ticket. “But I’m sure glad I did!”
Minneapolis Resident Wins $173,492 Jackpot
OCTOBER 15, 2013—Jeanette Firkus of Minneapolis won $173,492 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. Her quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 3-8-13-14-28 drawn on Oct. 12 to win the $173,492 jackpot. Firkus said she has only played Northstar Cash three times and was shocked when she discovered her win that evening.
Firkus purchased the winning ticket at Arden Hills Shell/Brausen Inc., 1306 W. County Road E in Arden Hills.
St. Paul Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize
OCTOBER 15, 2013—Robert Bailey of St. Paul had a couple of sleepless nights after discovering on Oct. 12 that he won a $1 million Powerball prize.
“I was too excited to sleep,” Bailey recalled. “Every time I was about to doze off, I’d start thinking about it again.”
Bailey arrived first thing Monday morning at Lottery headquarters in Roseville to claim his prize.
His ticket for the Oct. 9 Powerball drawing matched the first five numbers drawn to win the $1 million prize. Bailey picked his own numbers: 3-9-19-33-38 (the Powerball number drawn was 18.)
Bailey purchased his winning ticket at Holiday, located at 1301 Industrial Blvd. N.E., in Minneapolis.
Spring Lake Park Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
OCTOBER 15, 2013—Nola Knudson of Spring Lake Park won $100,000 by playing the Lottery’s Money Money Money scratch game. She claimed the prize on Oct. 14.
Holiday, located at 8101 University Ave. N.E. in Spring Lake Park, sold the winning ticket.
Shakopee Resident Wins $150,670 Gopher 5 Jackpot
OCTOBER 10, 2013—On Tuesday, Jeff Sindelar of Shakopee decided to buy some lottery tickets. He stopped at Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store, located at 14160 Wilds Path N.W. in Prior Lake, and grabbed some play slips that he had previously filled out from his car.
The sales clerk ran the play slips and said they totaled $49. It was more than he had intended to purchase; Sindelar thought he grabbed $29 worth of play slips. “It was worth it!” he said as he claimed a $150,670 jackpot at the Lottery’s office in Roseville. “It was a lucky day for me to play.”
Sindelar had a close call with Gopher 5 a few years ago, matching four of the five winning numbers. He initially thought that’s what he’d done again, but then he realized that this time he’d matched all five numbers to win the jackpot.
The second line on his five draw ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn on Oct. 9 (10-17-18-19-20). Sindelar picked the numbers himself. He said that he didn’t have any special reason for picking them, he just picked them randomly.
Minnetonka Man Wins $200,000 Lottery Prize
OCTOBER 7, 2013—Friday the 13th may be known as one of the unluckiest dates of the year, but that wasn’t the case for a Minnetonka man.
Tom Comeau says he “typically has good ones” when referring to this superstitious date. However, on Sept. 13 this year, “it was a great day” for him after he purchased a $200,000 Wild Game Cash scratch ticket that won one of the game’s $200,000 top prizes.
Comeau says he was in disbelief when he revealed his big win. He immediately showed the ticket to his wife, Connie. “It was unbelievable,” she recalled.
The couple arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Oct. 4 to claim the prize. Tom and Connie say they hope to “pay it forward” with part of their winnings.
Comeau purchased his winning ticket at Glen Lake Mobil, located at 14525 Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka.
Rochester Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
OCTOBER 3, 2013—Referring to an upcoming trip to Las Vegas, Paul Nase of Rochester gave a Money Money Money scratch ticket to his wife and said, “Gambling starts early, win me some money!” Not long after, he was on his way to the Lottery’s office in Roseville to claim the $100,000 prize that she had uncovered.
Nase initially didn’t believe his wife when she told him that the ticket was worth $100,000. “I didn’t believe her because she routinely teases me about it. She’ll fake like she won,” he explained. “I believed she won something. Maybe $10? Not $100,000!” he added.
Kwik Trip, located at 3111 Wellner Drive N.E. in Rochester, sold the winning ticket.
North Dakota Man Wins Big, Again
OCTOBER 1, 2013—A North Dakota man just won his second major lottery prize in less than two years. John Frisch of Fargo won $865,385 playing the Minnesota State Lottery’s Gopher 5® game on Sept. 25.
His first windfall came in January of 2012, while he was working in San Francisco as a traveling radiation therapist, when he won nearly a half a million-dollar jackpot playing the California Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game.
“When I won the first time, I knew I was going to win again,” Frisch explained. “I knew I was really lucky so I kept playing.”
He recently moved back to his hometown of Fargo and opted to play Gopher 5, a similar game to Fantasy 5, saying, “I figured since I can beat the odds in California, that I could do it again in Minnesota.”
It turned out he was right. After his third time buying Gopher 5 tickets, Frisch won a $865,385 jackpot when the numbers on his quick-pick ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn on Sept. 25 (8-18-27-33-40).
“This whole experience has been very exciting and I am very grateful,” he said as he claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 30. When asked if he will continue playing the lottery, Frisch quickly replied, “I’m done.” Adding, “I would almost feel piggish if I won a third time.”
Frisch purchased his winning ticket at Brookdale Liquor Inc., located at 2519 – 8th St. S. in Moorhead.
Faribault Resident Wins $50,708
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013—James West of Faribault won $50,708 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. The first line on his two-line quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Sept. 26 to win the jackpot.
Kwik Trip, located at 1508 S.W. 9 Ave. in Faribault, sold the winning ticket.
The winning Northstar Cash numbers on Sept. 26, 2013 were 1-9-12-16-21.
St. Cloud Man Wins $27,000 Jackpot
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013—Robert Markwardt of St. Cloud won $27,000 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. His quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Sept. 17 to win the jackpot. The winning numbers were 1-13-23-26-31.
Coborn’s, located at 2118 Eighth St. N. in St. Cloud, sold the winning ticket.
Arlington Resident Wins $27,000
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013—Kathy Neisen of Arlington won $27,000 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash® game. The first line on her five-line quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Sept. 9 to win the jackpot. The winning numbers are 3-14-20-26-28.
New-Mart, located at 1969 Silver Bell Road in Eagan, sold the winning ticket.
Hermantown Man Wins $54,025 Jackpot
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013—Harlan Neumann says he buys lottery tickets when the jackpots reach bigger amounts. On August 6 the Hermantown resident bought a two-line quick-pick ticket for that night’s Northstar Cash drawing. He tossed the ticket on a shelf in his truck and forgot about it until a few days ago, when he was cleaning out his truck.
Neumann came upon the ticket and thought, “I have tickets to check!” He brought it to a store and asked the clerk to check it. “She told me I won and I thought it was $500,” Neumann recalled. “I thought she could cash it. She said, ‘No, we can’t cash it—it’s over $30,000!’” He drove to his sister’s house to check online to see how much the ticket was worth. When he saw he won $54,025, Neumann said he broke into a big grin and said, “Nice!”
The winning ticket was purchased at Grand Ave. Little Store, 7002 Grand Ave. in Duluth. Neumann claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 18.
Minneapolis Man Wins $18,066 Northstar Cash Prize
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013—Ernesto Perez-Cajina of Minneapolis won $18,066 playing the Northstar Cash game on Sept. 6.
His single-line quick-pick ticket was one of two winning tickets that matched all five winning numbers (18-25-27-28-31) to split the $36,133 jackpot. Joseph Richardson of Woodbury claimed the other $18,066 prize.
Perez-Cajina purchased his winning ticket at El Jalapeno Market, located at 1430 E. 66th St. in Richfield.
Duluth Resident Wins $177,777
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013—After almost missing out on a $177,777 win, Kathryn Morinville of Duluth said that from now on she’ll always wear her glasses while playing scratch tickets. She said that she had been wearing her glasses while playing a Lucky 7s game book, but took them off before playing the last page. When she finished playing the game, she told her daughter that she didn’t win. “She looked at it and said, ‘No, mother, you won a lot of money!’”
“I always told her, ‘Gambling doesn’t pay, you’ll never win,’” said Kathryn’s husband, Paul Morinville. Has he changed his mind? “I said, ‘You can rub it in my face for a while,’” he said with a smile.
Morgan Park SuperAmerica, located at 1002 – 88th Ave. W. in Duluth, sold the winning ticket.
Woodbury Resident Wins $18,066 Northstar Cash Prize
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013—Joseph Richardson of Woodbury won $18,066 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. His ticket matched the winning numbers 18-25-27-28-31 drawn on Sept. 6 to share the $36,133 jackpot. The holder of the other $18,066 winning ticket, sold in Hennepin County, has yet to come forward.
Richardson purchased the winning ticket at Holiday, 1025 Hadley Ave., in Oakdale.
Grand Rapids Resident Wins $100,000 Prize
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013—Steve Emery likes to play the Lottery’s crossword games “because they take a little bit more time.” The Grand Rapids resident stopped at River Road Market, 302 – 7th Ave. S.E. in Grand Rapids, on Sept. 10 to purchase a $3 crossword ticket. However, the clerk mistakenly offered Emery a $5 Diamond Crossword Doubler ticket, which he decided to buy.
As Emery was scratching the ticket, he said he knew he revealed “a bunch of words.” He revealed 10 words, which was worth $100,000. “I rechecked it 50 times!” he said as he claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 11.
Burnsville Man Wins $54,456 Jackpot
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013—Tesfaye Lamu of Burnsville won a $54,456 Progressive Print-N-Play jackpot on a $5 Slots ticket he purchased at Harks, 2401 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
Lamu claimed the prize on Sept. 10.
Bovey Resident Wins Big in Bigfork
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013—Leanna Adamson of Bovey often travels to Bigfork to visit family. One of her usual trips on Sept. 7 took an unexpected turn when she purchased a $300,000 top prize-winning Big Money Bonus Crossword scratch ticket at Two Rivers Cenex.
“I was incredibly nervous,” Adamson recalled after discovering her win. “But I was also excited at the same time,” she said as she claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 10.
Adamson says her new fortune will allow her to pay off some bills, visit family in North Dakota and update her vegetable garden.
Two Rivers Cenex is located at 406 North Main Ave. in Bigfork.
Eveleth Resident Wins $1,000,000 Playing Powerball
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013—Richard Mervich has a favorite saying: “It’s a matter of when—not if—I’m going to win something.” His big win happened on August 31 when the first set of numbers on his two-line Powerball quick-pick ticket matched those drawn that night to win $1,000,000.
On Sunday, Sept. 1, the Eveleth resident said he jumped in his truck to run some errands, and decided to check the Hot Lotto and Powerball tickets he purchased for the drawing the night before. The Hot Lotto ticket came up as a non-winning ticket, but Mervich got a very different result when he scanned the Powerball ticket. After getting a message that he needed to claim the prize at the Lottery office, Mervich showed the ticket to the clerk. She printed the winning numbers for August 31 and checked them against the numbers on Mervich’s ticket. “She told me I matched the first five white numbers,” he recalled. “I grabbed the ticket and looked at it and thought, ‘I won $200,000!’ I didn’t believe it.”
A friend left Mervich a message on Monday night that he thought the prize for matching the first five numbers was worth $1,000,000. Mervich said he looked on the back of a Powerball playslip and confirmed that he did in fact win $1,000,000.
When Mervich claimed the $1,000,000 prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 5, he said with a hearty laugh, “When I woke up this morning I felt like a million bucks!”
Eveleth Short Stop, located at 410 Grant Ave. in Eveleth, sold the $1 million winning ticket.
Minneapolis Resident Wins $100,000
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013—Raul Gonzalez Haro of Minneapolis won $100,000 by playing the Lottery’s Minnesota Gold 5X scratch game. He claimed the prize on Sept. 5.
Stop-N-Shop, located at 3050 – 1st Ave. S. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
Brandon Woman Wins $28,000 Northstar Cash Jackpot
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013—Bernice Dalluge of Brandon won the $28,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Aug. 30, 2013. The fifth line on her five-line ticket matched the winning numbers drawn that night to win the jackpot.
Dalluge purchased the winning ticket at Millerville Municipal Liquor Store, located at 16655 County Road 7 N.W. in Brandon.
Austin Retailer Sells Ticket Worth $100,000
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013—Cheers Liquor, located at 502 – 12th Ave. N.W. in Austin, sold a $100,000 winning Money Money Money scratch ticket to a Colorado resident on Aug. 23.
Joshua Anderson of Rifle, Colo. claimed his $100,000 prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 3.
Sartell Resident Wins $50,000 Prize
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013—Jeff Midas of Sartell won $50,000 on a Sparkling 7s ticket he purchased at Truckers Inn, 1420 Main St. in Sauk Centre.
He claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 3.
Pine Island Resident Wins $200,000
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013—Kevin Monosmith of Pine Island won $200,000 by playing the Minnesota State Lottery Twins™ scratch game. He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Aug. 30.
Hy-Vee Food Stores, located at 1315 – 6th St. N.W. in Rochester, sold the winning ticket.