The legend of Bigfoot, often called Sasquatch from the Salish language of people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, began in 1811, when many credit British explorer David Thompson with discovering the first alleged footprints. The legend and footprint sightings have continued ever since. Interest was especially heightened by a grainy, wobbly 53 seconds of film of a large apelike creature walking away from the camera of Roger Patterson and his friend Robert Gimlin at Bluff Creek, California in 1967.

Here in Minnesota, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, there have been 75 reported sightings of Bigfoot since 1972. Twenty-one of those sightings have been in St. Louis County, including the most recently reported sighting in November 2020.

We can’t guarantee you’ll find the large smelly elusive Sasquatch in a Minnesota forest. However, you’ll have no trouble finding a very distant cousin “Sascratch” (a.k.a. the “fun cousin”), which some would argue is much better (not smelly, and sometimes gives out cash).

You can find a Sascratch scratch ticket for just $2 at lottery retailers around the state. Especially lucky Sascratch hunters will have confirmed sightings of a $15,000 top prize.