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Minnesota Lottery receives accounting award

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Aug. 4, 2016)–The Minnesota Lottery has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Accounting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.

The award was based on a review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) submitted for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015). The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

The GFOA said the Certificate of Achievement “is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

“We are extremely proud of this award,” said Acting Lottery Director Michael Vekich. “It recognizes the dedication of the Lottery’s accounting staff to ensure that the accounting procedures and practices meet exacting standards.”

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

All Minnesotans are winners because more than $2.6 billion in lottery proceeds have helped our state—more than $1 billion has helped preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment in each of the 87 counties and almost $1.5 billion has helped fund state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.

Lottery kicks off new Minnesota Vikings scratch game

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 26, 2016) – On July 26 the Minnesota Lottery is kicking off the new Minnesota Vikings scratch game to coincide with the much anticipated upcoming Vikings season in U.S. Bank Stadium.

The purple and gold scratch ticket, which features scenes of the Vikings new state-of-the-art stadium, offers instant cash prizes up to $100,000 and second-chance contest to win Vikings ticket giveaways and more.

“With the added excitement surrounding the Vikings season this year, we anticipate the Minnesota Vikings scratch game to be one of the most successful scratch games in Lottery history,” said Lottery Marketing Director Jason LaFrenz.

This is the second time the Lottery has offered a Vikings-themed scratch game. The first ticket launched in 2010 and quickly became the Lottery’s top selling scratch game.

“Partnering with popular and recognizable brands like the Minnesota Vikings helps the Lottery reach its mission of generating money for the state of Minnesota and its important environmental beneficiaries,” LaFrenz added.

The Minnesota Vikings scratch game is now available at over 3,000 Lottery retailers statewide. Non-winning tickets can be entered at for the chance to win 2017 season tickets, a road trip to Green Bay, a VIP game day experience, Vikings merchandise and more.

To encourage Minnesotans to get in the game, the Lottery is calling all Vikings fans to visit their interactive website at which includes game time GIFS, videos and additional information about the Vikings scratch game and second-chance contest.

All Minnesotans are winners because $2.5 billion in proceeds have helped preserve, restore and protect Minnesota's environment in each of Minnesota's 87 counties. Lottery proceeds also help fund state programs including education, public safety, health & human services.

Minnesota Lottery and Andrew Zimmern kick off Minnesota potluck season with new scratch game

Andrew ZimmernThe $2 Ticket Is Available Beginning April 26

ROSEVILLE, MINN. (April 26, 2016)—James Beard Award-winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern lent his culinary skills to the new Minnesota Potlucky scratch game from the Minnesota Lottery to shake up a Minnesota classic—the potluck. The ticket features Midwestern favorites like tater tot hot dish and an all-American apple pie, alongside Zimmern’s very own Canteen Dog. Players of the scratch game will have the chance to win up to $10,000 instantly as well as an array of other prizes.

"Having lived in Minnesota for nearly 25 years, I’ve been invited to my fair share of potlucks," said Zimmern. "Shaking up a Minnesota favorite with an organization like the Minnesota Lottery, which does so much good for the state of Minnesota, was not only going to be fun, but a great opportunity."

The nine potluck favorites pictured on the ticket were created by Zimmern specifically for this partnership. The recipes, along with an interactive video showcasing some rather unconventional potluck cooking techniques—such as using a chainsaw, wood chipper and flamethrower—can be found at

"The chance to partner with a local culinary icon was a no-brainer," said Jason LaFrenz, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Minnesota Lottery. "Andrew clearly has fun with his food and he is the perfect partner for this new game."

To celebrate the launch of the ticket, Zimmern and the Lottery will be at Target Field for the Friday, April 29 Twins home game versus the Detroit Tigers and the first 10,000 entrants 18+ through the gates will receive a Minnesota Potlucky ticket.

Minnesota Potlucky Second-Chance Contest

Players have a second chance to win by entering non-winning tickets for these great prizes:

  • VIP Suite Experience
    • (10 winners): a pair of tickets to attend a Twins baseball game on September 10, 2016 in a catered party suite at Target Field.
  • $250 Andrew Zimmern Merchandise Package
    • (10 winners): a bundle of clothing, travel and home gear to spice up any kitchen from Andrew Zimmern’s own branded collection.
  • $100 Andrew Zimmern Merchandise Package
    • (50 winners): a collection of Andrew Zimmern clothing, travel and home accessories.

About Minnesota Lottery

Proceeds from the Minnesota Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.5 billion for state programs. The General Fund has received over $1.4 billion to help fund important functions, such as education, public safety, and health and human services. More than $1 billion has funded critical environmental programs. Whether your potlucks this summer are at a lake, along the Mississippi River or in the parking lot of the Minnesota Zoo, know Minnesota Potlucky proceeds will benefit Minnesota treasures like these just as the game’s prizes will reward players! Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older.

About Andrew Zimmern

A three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel (including Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations), Andrew has explored cultures in more than 150 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food.