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Governor Mark Dayton Proclaims December 14 to be Minnesota State Lottery Day

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2017) – Governor Mark Dayton has declared Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 as “Minnesota State Lottery Day” in Minnesota.

“The Minnesota State Lottery is the primary contributor to the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, with more than $1.1 billion in Lottery dollars used to preserve, restore, and protect Minnesota’s environment in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties,” says Governor Dayton’s proclamation.

The Minnesota State Lottery is the primary contributor to the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has helped fund more than 1,000 projects in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties. In 2017, The Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund hit an incredible milestone; the value of the fund has surpassed $1 billion.

The Minnesota State Lottery has generated more than $2.8 billion for the State of Minnesota. More than $1.1 billion has helped preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment and $1.6 billion has helped fund vital State programs including education, public safety and health & human services.

“The Minnesota State Lottery team and our valued retailer partners work hard every day to ensure our players have a great experience,” said Robert A. Doty, Executive Director for the Minnesota State Lottery. “It is rewarding to know that with every ticket sold the lottery delivers on its mission of making our state a better place for all Minnesotans.”


Click to read Governor Mark Dayton’s Minnesota State Lottery Day proclamation.

Governor Mark Dayton presents Lottery Executive Director Robert A. Doty with a Minnesota State Lottery Day proclamation.

Pictured with Governor Mark Dayton: Lottery Executive Director Robert A. Doty, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Director Becca Nash and Senator Kari Dziedzic (l-r).

Gift responsibly: lottery tickets are not appropriate gifts for minors

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Dec. 8, 2017) – Lottery tickets are a popular gift during the holiday season and throughout the year. While these tickets are an appropriate gift for adults, the Minnesota Lottery and the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance remind parents and other adults that lottery tickets should not be given to minors. Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older to purchase or redeem lottery tickets in Minnesota.

“Lottery tickets are designed for adults and not appropriate for minors,” said Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty. “The Minnesota Lottery takes the 18 year age restriction very seriously. Please enjoy the holiday season by giving age-appropriate gifts, which means no lottery tickets for children.”

Catherine Perrault, Executive Director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, agrees. “A study from the Yale School of Medicine found that children who receive tickets as gifts tend to begin gambling earlier in life, and previous research has shown that the earlier children begin gambling, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems as adults,” Perrault said. “We urge parents and adults not to give lottery tickets to minors during the holiday season or at any other time of the year.”

MN Lottery Logo and Northstar Alliance LogoAbout Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance

The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. They work to increase awareness of problem gambling, provide educational programs and resources and advocate for treatment services. The Alliance is the Minnesota affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling. For more information, go to www.northstarproblemgambling.org.

If you or someone you know needs help with a gambling problem, call (800) 333-HOPE.


New jackpot game: Lotto America launches Nov. 12

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2017) – Lotto game fans will soon have a fun new option. Lotto AmericaSM, the game that paved the way for Powerball® is making a comeback! The new Lotto America features a new play style, but like the original, is only $1 to play. Lotto America launches on Nov. 12.

“Our players like to have a variety of games and jackpots to choose from. For just $1, Lotto America gives players the chance to win a multi-million dollar jackpot,” said Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty. “The Lottery is a win for Minnesotans because a portion of every dollar played helps Minnesota’s environment and important state services.”

The initial starting Lotto America jackpot is getting a boost from the retired Hot Lotto® game. Lotto America jackpots will normally start at $2 million and grow until won. Since no one won the Hot Lotto jackpot before the game ended on Oct. 28, the initial advertised Lotto America jackpot will be $15 million (annuity) for the first drawing on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Money in the Hot Lotto jackpot pool will also be used to fund other Lotto America prize pools and for Minnesota player promotions.

Thirteen lotteries will offer Lotto America when the game launches: Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. New Hampshire will begin offering Lotto America in January 2018.

How to play Lotto America

Select five numbers from 1 to 52 and one Lotto America Star BallSM number from 1 to 10, or select the “quick pick” option for randomly selected numbers.

There are nine ways to win prizes. The jackpot, won by matching the first five numbers and the Lotto America Star Ball) is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments) or a one-time, lump sum cash payment. Overall odds to win a prize are approximately 1 in 9.6. Approximate odds to win the jackpot are 1 in 25.9 million. 

For an extra $1 per play, the All Star BonusSM gives players the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2 – 5X (players can win $4 - $100,000).

About the Minnesota Lottery

Minnesotans win: Lottery players have won more than $7 billion. More than $2.8 billion in lottery proceeds have helped our state—more than $1.1 billion has helped preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment in each of the 87 counties and $1.6 billion has helped fund state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.


Mega Millions enhanced: Starting jackpots increase to $40 million, bigger average jackpots, more millionaires

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Oct. 18, 2017) – Mega Millions® is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Starting jackpots will more than double from $15 million to $40 million, and jackpots will grow faster overall. There will be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes.

The ticket price will also change, moving from $1 to $2.

In the redesigned game, players select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players will have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning a prize.

Players may add the Megaplier® option for an extra $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times.

The enriched Mega Millions game will debut on October 28.

Mega Millions President Debbie D. Alford said that lotteries are responding to consumers with the latest changes. “We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots,” said Alford, who also is president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “We’re excited to deliver the opportunity to create more millionaires and also provide more opportunities to raise additional revenues for the respected causes lotteries benefit.”

About Mega Millions

Mega Millions is one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Introduced as The Big Game in August 1996 with six member states, the game grew, becoming Mega Millions in May 2002. Mega Millions is currently offered by 46 lotteries. Minnesota began offering Mega Millions in January 2010.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. Central time.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012.


Minnesota’s First Billion Dollar Winner

Minnesota Environment Photos

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AUG. 31, 2017) – The Minnesota Lottery is celebrating Minnesota’s First Billion Dollar Winner ... Minnesotans and the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund!

The Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), which receives a portion of every dollar played on lottery games, has hit an incredible milestone; the value of the fund has surpassed $1 billion.

The Minnesota State Fair brings together Minnesotans from every corner of the state and projects benefiting from the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund can be found in every corner of the State Fair.

As hundreds of thousands of families make their annual trip to the Great Minnesota Get Together they too benefit from the work supported by the ENRTF.  Right now, the air quality is being monitored at the fair by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with help from the ENRTF.   As fair guests celebrate nature’s beauty at the butterfly house, the Minnesota Zoo is working to preserve native prairie butterflies throughout Minnesota with money from the ENRTF.  A DNR pond stocked with several different species of fish that call Minnesota home is one of the most popular exhibits at the fair and every day ENRTF dollars work to help keep Minnesota’s lakes and rivers clean.

The Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund has helped fund projects in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties, including the following projects:

Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture

  • $1,229,000 – Emerald Ash Borer Research and Control Implementation
  • $368,000 – Testing for pesticides and other chemicals in public drinking water
  • $250,000 – Reducing pollution in the Minnesota River
  • $1,157,000 – Elimination of target invasive plant species
  • $205,000 – Agriculture land preservation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (NE and NW)

  • $87,000 – Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan
  • $300,000 – Mitigating Mercury in Minnesota Lakes and Streams
  • $750,000 – Reducing Carbon Footprint of Minnesota Schools
  • $375,000 – Red River Valley Planning and Management
  • $700,000 – Assessment of Urban Air Pollution

Pheasants Forever

  • $100,000 – Minnesota Pollinator Partnership
  • $16,301,000 – Minnesota’s Habitat Conservation Partnership
  • $24,857,000 – Restoring Minnesota’s Fish and Wildlife Habitat Corridors
  • $732,000 – Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Restoration

A portion of lottery proceeds have been directed to the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund since 1990. A percentage of the Trust Fund’s value is awarded annually via a competitive process.

The recent Powerball jackpot run resulted in Minnesotans collecting $4,084,276 in prizes, including a $1 million winner. The 21-drawing run also generated $3.1 million for the Trust Fund.

About the Minnesota Lottery:

Lottery players have won more than $6.9 billion since 1990. More than $2.8 billion in lottery proceeds have helped make Minnesota an even better place to live. More than $1.1 billion has helped fund projects in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties that preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment and $1.6 billion has helped fund state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.

Powerball

$1 Million Winning Ticket Sold in Minnesota

Jackpot Run Generates $9.4 Million for Minnesota Environment & State Programs

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AUG. 24, 2017) – Minnesotans have many reasons to celebrate after last night’s Powerball® drawing, including a $1 million winning ticket sold in Howard Lake and millions of dollars raised for Minnesota’s environment and State programs.

The jackpot run lasted for 21 drawings and ended with a $758.7 million winning ticket sold in Massachusetts, which is the largest grand prize ever won on a single ticket in the United States.

The winning Powerball numbers for Aug. 23, 2017 were 6-7-16-23-26 and Powerball 4. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Jackpot run (June 14, 2017 – Aug. 23, 2017):

  • During this jackpot run, 511,867 winning tickets sold in Minnesota won $4,084,276
  • Powerball sales of $24.5 million from the 21-draw run generated $9.4 million for Minnesota’s environment and State programs:
    • $3.1 million for the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
    • $577,686 for the Game & Fish Fund
    • $577,686 for the Natural Resources Fund
    • $5.1 million for the General Fund, which supports state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.

Minnesota’s winners (August 23, 2017 drawing):

  • $1 million (matched five white ball numbers)
    • Pit Stop, 620 Dutch Lake Drive in Howard Lake – business earns $5,000 winning ticket bonus
  • $200,000 (matched 4 white ball numbers plus Powerball number, multiplied by Power Play 4)
    • Dred Scott Automotive, 10800 Rhode Island Ave. S. in Bloomington
  • $50,000 (matched 4 white ball numbers plus Powerball number)
    • Federated Co-Ops Inc., 14860 Scandia Trail N. in Scandia
    • Isanti Mobil, 721 Heritage Blvd. N.W. in Isanti
    • Maggie’s Superette, 2665 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood