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Minnesota Lottery releases store information for six unclaimed big prizes

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 1, 2015) – Starting today, the Minnesota Lottery is making a change to its policy regarding the release of information about where jackpot and other big winning lotto tickets are sold. The Lottery will now disclose the name, address and city of the business where those tickets were purchased. Previously, the Lottery would only release the county in which the ticket was sold. The new policy currently applies to the following six unclaimed big prizes:

  • $100,000 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle (1/1/15 drawing): Lake Elmo Oil, 11127 Stillwater Blvd. N. in Lake Elmo
  • $100,000 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle (1/1/15 drawing): Stop-N-Go, 38 N. 5th in Breckenridge
  • $27,000 Northstar Cash® jackpot (5/27/15 drawing): Orton’s Point Tesoro, 504 Rhinehart Drive S.E. in East Grand Forks
  • $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot (5/29/15 drawing): Eveleth Short Stop, 410 Grant Ave. in Eveleth
  • $66,900 Northstar Cash jackpot (6/26/15 drawing): SuperAmerica, 5101 – 34th Ave. S. in Minneapolis
  • $100,000 All or Nothing (6/28/15 evening drawing): Holiday Stationstores Inc., 240 W. Highway 5 in Waconia

The Lottery is encouraging all players, and particularly players who purchase tickets at these stores, to check their old tickets.

The change in policy is designed to connect more players with winnings that might otherwise go unclaimed. “By releasing the name and address of the store, we hope that more players will double check their tickets and collect their prize money,” said Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “It will also help our retail partners because many players consider stores that sell winning tickets to be ‘lucky stores.’ Selling winning tickets helps bring customers through their doors.”

The Minnesota Legislature took notice of this issue in March 2015 when a $1 million Powerball® prize went unclaimed. “It broke my heart to see a player forfeit a $1 million lottery prize. That’s why I proposed legislation to make this change,” said State Representative Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights. “Other states are already doing this, and I strongly support the Minnesota Lottery's policy change. The Lottery is looking out for its customers.”

Identification of the selling retailer will apply only to specific prize levels for all lotto games. This policy will not apply to scratch tickets. The information about the store that sells a winning Powerball, Mega Millions® or Hot Lotto® jackpot ticket is expected to be released when the information is available the day following the drawing. For all other prizes, this information will be released the first business day after the drawing.

A winner must present the actual winning ticket to claim a prize. Unclaimed prize money is transferred to the state’s General Fund if that prize is not claimed for one year after the drawing.

Motley resident wins big for the second time

ROSEVILLE, MN (June 23, 2015) – One of Motley’s luckiest residents just claimed a share of his second big lottery prize.

Scott Zetah of Motley was part of the “CTC’s Lucky 40” lottery pool that won $1 million in the Jan. 1, 2008 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. Each of the 40 members won $25,000 before tax withholding.

“I always said I’m going to win again—by myself—and I did,” he said with a smile. Scott and his wife, Cindy Zetah, claimed a Northstar Cash® jackpot worth $109,066 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville yesterday.

He laughed and added, “I’m going to win one more time. The third time will be the charm.”

On June 14, Scott noticed that the Northstar Cash jackpot had not been won the night before and had grown to more than $100,000. “I just had back surgery and I was reclining on the couch. I just had a feeling I was going to win so I sent a text to my son and asked him to pick me up seven lucky Northstars.” As he always does, Scott picked the numbers on one ticket using birthdates. A second ticket consisted of six quick picks.

Later that day, the Zetahs discovered that Scott’s feeling turned out to be true. “I was talking to my niece about vacations and I said, ‘but we’ll have to win the lottery first,’” said Cindy. “Scott said, ‘That reminds me, I need to check my ticket.’” He looked up the winning numbers online and read each matching number out loud. “As each number was matching, I’m looking for the hidden cameras thinking someone’s playing a joke on me,” said Cindy. “That’s my family; they would do that, too.”

The first line on Scott’s six-line ticket matched the numbers 2-8-12-22-29 drawn on June 14.

Motley Express, located at 1000 Hwy. 10 S. in Motley, sold the winning ticket.

Scott and Cindy Zetah claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on June 22, 2015.

Beginner’s Luck on the Black Diamond Slope

ROSEVILLE, MN (June 16, 2015)—A Minneapolis man experienced a classic case of beginner’s luck after winning $77,777 on the first lottery ticket he ever purchased.

Ibrahim Dirie said he never thought about buying lottery tickets until a friend encouraged him to give it a try while they made a stop at Tesoro Riverside Stop, located at 2517 Riverside Ave., in Minneapolis on June 13.

Dirie scratched the Black Diamond 7s ticket at the store where he quickly discovered he won the game’s top prize. “It was a big surprise,” he recalled. “It’s really a miracle!”

Dirie claimed the prize on June 15.

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.4 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.4 billion to help fund necessary functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. More than $1 billion has funded important environmental programs. 


Lucky Minnesota Player Appears on Premiere Episode of National TV Game Show

ROSEVILLE, MN (March 26, 2015) – MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB, the first-of-its-kind television game show, premieres nationally on Saturday, March 28. Minnesotans can watch the show, which will air weekly on Saturdays, on the following stations: WUCW-TV in the Twin Cities at 9 p.m.; KIMT-TV in Rochester/Mason City, Iowa at 10:30 p.m.; and in Sioux Falls, S.D. on KSFY-TV at 10:30 p.m.

Brock Ehnert of Stillwater plays for the $1 million top prize on the March 28 episode.

With a live TV game show studio audience made up of lottery winners and their guests, contestants are selected at random from the lottery winners to play a series of games, such as Community Chest, Ride the Rails and Electric Company.  Each offers cash and other prizes with the final round offering a single lucky contestant a shot at a $1 million prize. Plus, each section of the audience, named for the iconic MONOPOLY game board tokens, share in their contestant’s winnings from the TV game show. 

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB television game show is hosted by actor, comedian and television star Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly,” “You, Me and Dupree”), and co-hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winning TV personality Todd Newton (“Family Game Night,” “Hollywood Showdown”).

The new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery scratch ticket, the multi-state companion lottery scratch ticket for the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB television game show, went on sale in Minnesota on March 24. Minnesota joins 13 other lotteries in the new game.

“The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB scratch ticket provides players the chance to qualify to win a four-night, five-day trip for two to Las Vegas and the chance to compete on the TV game show,” said Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “Players simply enter their non-winning MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery scratch tickets online."

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.4 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.3 billion to help fund necessary functions such as education, public safety and health and human services. More than $975 million has funded important environmental programs.