Hello, summer! We welcome you with arms really wide open. We wanted to find out how Minnesotans make the most of what seems like the shortest season in our latest Share Your Lottery Story free contest prompt.

Spoiler alert: You don’t need to hit the jackpot to have a summer full of riches. These stories prove it’s the little moments that matter, and a special thanks to those who take us along for the ride.

"Summer in MN means having fun weekends and times together at the cabin with my siblings. We like to play bingo and buy lottery tickets, and if you get a bingo, you get a lottery ticket and that’s always fun times." - Cathie Amy, Minneapolis

"I'm spending as much time as possible with my friend Goldy at the U of M golf course." - Brook, Minneapolis

"Every Thursday I’m off to the Kwik Trip to buy my tickets for the week." - Barb, Ham Lake

"Getting outside with the pup and enjoying 'good' weather!!" - Jason, Farmington

"Lake days and lottery with my mom and sister." - Charlene, Buffalo

"Going to the headwaters of the Mississippi River with friends. We always stop and pick up some lottery tickets on our trip up north and take our time in the car scratching to see if anybody has something fun to share with us. All great times, with great friends in the great state of Minnesota with the Minnesota Lottery." - Kathleen, Brooklyn Park

"Garden time! This will be lush and full in a month or two with the heat from our summer. Looking forward to fresh tomatoes." - Heather, Lakeville

"This is my wife (of 45 years) and I along with our 3 sons on a lake in Walker, fishing and enjoying our time together reflecting on our time on our MN lakes. We are a family that loves our summers and playing MN Lottery together." - Steve, Brooklyn Park

"My favorite part of summer is boating with friends." - Dawn, Winsted

"Nothing puts a smile more on my face than a summer at the lake here in MN, except when I play the MN Lottery and win, so when I do it’s a keeper." - Steve, Minneapolis

"Always had fun in the summer road tripping and scratch-off buying! Paid for our whole weekend once. What a great time we had!" - Laura, Dassel

"I love walking around all the lakes and state parks in the summer in Minnesota!" - Jennifer, Minnetonka

"Great Gopher 5 win led us to a creature feature vacation!" - Lori, St. Cloud

"Every year we look forward to the MN Lottery booth at the State Fair! We end up stopping by multiple times hoping to win. It is a staple of summer fun!" - L, St. Paul

"What’s more Minnesotan than learning how to fish with your dad, who learned it from his dad, who learned it from his dad." - Cindy, Pine River

"My favorite thing about summer in Minnesota is spending time on the water." - Sergei, Lakeville

"This is what makes Minnesota summers so special: my backyard oasis." - Shannon, Lakeland

"Scratch games while fishing. I didn’t win scratchers but won fish." - Justin, Hanover

A special thanks to everyone who shared their summer riches stories with us. You can share your lottery story here for the chance to win a lottery prize pack.

If you’re looking for another way to celebrate summer, pick up a Summer Riches scratch ticket at your local lottery retailer.