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Meet Minnesota’s Newest Multi-Millionaires

The Kujava Family won $22.8 million playing Lotto America!March 19, 2018 – A brother and sister from Badger, Minn. have a long-standing agreement that if “one wins, we both win”—and a Lotto America jackpot worth $22.8 million was no exception.

Debbie Kujava purchased the $22.8 million winning ticket for the March 14 drawing at Holiday Stationstores, located at 503-3rd St. N.E., in Roseau on her way home from work on March 12.

The morning after the drawing, Debbie checked her ticket and noticed the numbers were a perfect match. She initially thought their ticket was worth $2 million so she went over to her brother Dennis’s house and said, “We’re millionaires!”

Dennis was a little sceptical of the news at first. “Well she does play tricks on me,” he said. “But I normally wouldn’t be at his house at 8 a.m.” replied Debbie. It wasn’t until Denise, Dennis’s daughter, looked online that they discovered their ticket was actually worth $22.8 million.

The brother-sister duo and Dennis’s two adult daughters, Denise Kujava and Deanna Kujava, are all sharing a portion of the $13.5 million cash option ($9.4 million after required tax withholdings).

While the family has had fun dreaming about the possibilities about what their new-found wealth could bring, they remain undecided on their plans-—except for one thing: Debbie was excited to retire from her job as an LPN! 

The winning Lotto America numbers drawn on March 14, 2018 were 8-21-38-50-51 and the Star Ball was 4.


Minnesota’s newest millionaire: $22.8 million winning ticket purchased in Roseau

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (March 15, 2018) – A ticket purchased in Roseau for last night’s Lotto AmericaSM drawing matched all of the winning numbers to win the estimated $22.8 million jackpot.

Lotto America logo

The cash option amount is estimated at $13.5 million ($9.4 million after required tax withholdings).

The winning ticket was purchased at Holiday Stationstore #193, located at 503 – 3rd St. N.W., in Roseau. Holiday Stationstores LLC will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket after the prize is claimed.

This is the first time the jackpot has been won since the game launched on Nov. 12.

The winning Lotto America numbers drawn on March 14, 2018 were 8-21-38-50-51 and the Star Ball was 4.

The prize must be claimed within one year of the drawing. After the winner comes forward, he or she has 60 days from the date of the drawing to choose the annuity or cash option. The winner(s) will receive their first payment or the cash option amount within two weeks of claiming the prize.

The ticket should be put in a safe place and the winner(s) should call the Minnesota Lottery at 651-635-8273 (choose option 2).

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).


Northstar Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Minnesota with Conference and Campaign

FEB 16, 2018 — Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance will again lead the way in providing education and awareness activities as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), an annual grassroots effort promoted by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) that takes place each March. In addition to traditional awareness activities, this year’s PGAM will be highlighted by the Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling, as well as a public open house.

“Problem gambling continues to be a concern for too many Minnesotans and their families,” said Cathie Perrault, executive director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, Minnesota’s affiliate to the NCPG. “By raising awareness about this addictive disorder, we hope that more Minnesotans will get the help they need that’s provided to them at no cost by the state.”

For the first time, the Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling will take place during awareness month. The conference, which takes place March 8-9 in Brooklyn Center, includes informational sessions for professionals in the addiction and counseling fields, policy makers and anyone interested in this disorder. The Many Faces, Many Solutions theme will examine problem gambling from several perspectives, including the many faces that are impacted by problem gambling and the variety of solutions available to help them.

The conference will also feature a free two-hour open house at which recovering gamblers will share their inspirational stories. The open house takes place March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include education materials and refreshments. No registration is necessary to attend the open house.

Professional staff from Northstar and other organizations will be available for interviews during the conference and throughout the month of March. Media members are encouraged to visit the conference for access to experts who can provide insights about problem gambling in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, Minnesota State Lottery and Project Turnabout.

Additional facts and resources about problem gambling can be found here.

ABOUT NORTHSTAR PROBLEM GAMBLING ALLIANCE 

The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) is a nonprofit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. NPGA is Minnesota’s affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling and is comprised of an alliance of individuals and organizations who believe that problem gambling is a serious public health issue that is both preventable and treatable.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming, support for treatment and education for counselors.

CONTACT:

Cathie Perrault 
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
612-424-8595 (office)
651-587-8258 (cell)
cp@northstarproblemgambling.org

Linda Bisdorf
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
612-424-8595 (office)
linda@northstarproblemgambling.org

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Minnesota begins 2018 with two $1 million winners

More than 4,000 players win prizes!

JAN 1, 2018 — Two lucky Minnesota Millionaire Raffle players are waking up this morning to discover that their tickets are worth $1 million.

Minnesota’s newest millionaires purchased their winning tickets at the following locations:

  • Casey’s General Store #2075, 314 - 20th St. S. in New Ulm
  • Forest Lake Moto Mart, 1898 S. Lake St. in Forest Lake

$1 million prize-winning numbers, in ascending order:

  • 342339
  • 473356

More than 4,000 winning numbers were also announced this morning, including five $100,000 cash prizes. The $100,000 winning tickets were sold at the following locations:

  • Freedom Valu Center #68, 12650 Bass Lake Road in Plymouth
  • Holiday #4077, 1423 Second St. N. in Sauk Rapids
  • Kwik Trip #408, 8477 City Centre Drive in Woodbury
  • Neighbor Stop, 1101 Owen St. in Stillwater
  • Under-Mart Inc., 300 Frontage Ave. W. in Underwood

$100,000 prize winning numbers, in ascending order:

  • 069660
  • 170775
  • 283265
  • 574523
  • 692242

For a complete list of 4,175 winning Raffle numbers visit: https://www.mnlottery.com/games/raffle_2018/winning_s/

Tickets for the Jan. 1, 2018 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle went on sale Oct. 24, 2017 and sold out on Dec. 12, 2017—the earliest  sell outdate in December on record. The Raffle game, which originally debuted in 2006, continues to grow in popularity every year because of its limited number of tickets, guaranteed winners and it offers the Lottery’s best odds to win $1 million.

Since 2006, the Raffle game alone has raised approximately $29.5 million for Minnesota. Lottery dollars help make important environmental projects possible throughout Minnesota. The state’s General Fund, which funds programs including education, public safety and health and human services, also receives a portion of Lottery proceeds.

For additional information about the 2018 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle visit: https://www.mnlottery.com/games/raffle_2018/

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

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).

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Gift responsibly: lottery tickets are not appropriate gifts for minors

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.

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New jackpot game: Lotto America launches Nov. 12

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.