April 17, 2021 is the 31st anniversary of the day the first scratch ticket—Match 3—was sold in Minnesota and Minnesotans have been winning big ever since.

Just for fun, here’s a look back at some of the fabulous games that have helped create recreational opportunities including fishing piers, new trails and park improvements; helped fund research that’s being used to protect Minnesota’s native species and fight invasive species; supported projects that improve habitat, air quality and clean water; and have given youth opportunities to learn about and experience nature.

One of the games is a scratch ‘n’ sniff ticket—no, it isn’t a myth—can you guess which one?

Playing our Part for Minnesota since 1990:

  • More than $3.3 billion has been raised for programs that positively impact the lives of Minnesotans.
  • More than $1.4 billion has helped preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund.
  • Approximately $1.9 billion has helped fund state programs through the General Fund, including education, public safety and health and human services.
Cinnamon Toast was a scratch ‘n’ sniff ticket.