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Lucky Minnesota Lottery Player Appears on the Premiere Episode of the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ National Television Game Show.

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (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. 

Photo credit: MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB/Steve Reed


Time is Running Out to Claim $1 Million Powerball and $100,000 All or Nothing Prizes

Powerball ticket sold in Hennepin County and All or Nothing ticket sold in Wright County

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (March 11, 2015) –Lottery players should check their tickets! A Powerball® ticket purchased in Hennepin County that won $1 million on March 26, 2014 and an All or Nothing ticket sold in Wright County that won the $100,000 top prize for the evening drawing on March 16, 2014 have not been claimed and expire soon.

Players have one year from the drawing date to claim all prizes—the All or Nothing ticket expires at 5 p.m. on March 16, 2015 and the Powerball ticket expires at 5 p.m. on March 26, 2015. All unclaimed lottery winnings are remitted to the state General Fund.

Information about the selling retailers will not be released until after the winning tickets are presented and validated, as this information is part of the validation process.

The winning All or Nothing numbers for the March 16, 2014 evening drawing are 1-3-7-9-13-14-16-17-18-19-23-24. None of the numbers on the winning ticket matched those drawn.

The winning numbers for the March 26, 2014 Powerball drawing are 28-33-41-44-59 and the Powerball is 21.

Winners of prizes above $30,000 should immediately sign the back of the ticket and call the Lottery’s Communications office at (651) 635-8271 to make arrangements to claim the prize.

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.


Powerball Roll Generates $9.6 Million for Minnesota

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Roseville, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2015) – While Powerball jackpot winners in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas celebrate their wins, Minnesotans can also celebrate knowing that the jackpot roll which began on Dec. 3 and ended with last night’s $564.1 million jackpot will result in $9.6 million more for the public good.

“While we always hope that the jackpot is won right here in Minnesota, the money generated from ticket sales from games like Powerball benefits everyone in Minnesota,” said Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “A better Minnesota. That’s the Lottery’s biggest prize!”

Powerball sales of $23.8 million generated the following for the state of Minnesota:

  • $5.3 million for the state’s General Fund
  • $2.5 million for the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
  • $874,206 for the Game & Fish Fund
  • $874,206 for the Natural Resources Fund

During this jackpot roll Minnesota’s lottery players won $2.2 million on 384,205 winning Powerball tickets.

Minnesota’s lottery retailers earned approximately $1.4 million from Powerball sales since the roll began.

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. 


MN State Lottery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Governor Dayton

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The Minnesota State Lottery is celebrating 25 years since the first tickets went on sale April 17, 1990.  Governor Dayton and organizations that have directly benefited from Lottery proceeds will attend today’s press conference.

The press event’s location highlights great examples of work being done with Lottery proceeds: the Science Museum’s Children’s Back Yard, activities underway to protect the Mississippi River, efforts to preserve the critically important habitat next to both the river and museum, and the challenges our rivers and lakes face from invasive species.  

"Minnesotans everywhere, their health, and their outdoor activities all benefit from our State Lottery's proceeds,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Minnesotans voted overwhelmingly to create our Lottery twenty-five years ago. It has been professionally managed, well-run, and an important source of funding to improve our state.”

Over the last quarter century, the State of Minnesota’s General Fund, which supports critical state functions including education, transportation and health care, received more than $1.4 billion. Minnesota’s environment and natural resources have also benefited from the Lottery through the Game & Fish Fund, Natural Resources Fund, and Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Together these funds have received $960 million from the lottery.

“I am excited to report that since April of 1990 lottery sales have exceed $9.9 billion; players have won more than $5.9 billion; retailers across Minnesota have earned over $590 million as our partners; and more than $2.4 billion has benefited Minnesota in many ways,” said Ed Van Petten, Executive Director of the Minnesota State Lottery.  “A better Minnesota. That’s the Lottery’s biggest prize.”

More than 900 projects in every corner of Minnesota have received funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) to support land conservation, public parks, and so much more.  Organizations that include Ducks and Trout Unlimited, the National Eagle Center, the International Wolf Center, the Minnesota Zoo, the Red Lake Watershed District, the Trust for Public Land, research projects at the University of Minnesota and the state departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and those that join us today are just a few of the many organizations that help preserve our natural resources.

"Since 2003 we've been able to work to restore the ecological health of more than 1,300 acres of Mississippi River bluffs including some of the largest intact natural areas in the Twin Cities metro area, said Whitney Clark, Executive Director, Friends of the Mississippi River.  “In the process, we've leveraged almost $2 million in non-state resources. This work could not have happened without the funding we received from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund."

With funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota was created in 2012 to use innovative science to find solutions to Minnesota's aquatic invasive species problems. 

Since that time, MAISRC researchers have installed the first of its kind experimental underwater speaker system at Lock & Dam #8 to deter the advance of Asian carp; launched studies to help slow the spread of zebra mussels in our inland lakes and rivers; begun a search for a biological control of Eurasian water milfoil; and initiated several other studies to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams from the damage caused by aquatic invasive species. 

The Lottery continues to evolve with the marketplace and has always focused on offering products that are well received by our players and supported by our retail partners. Minnesotans in all 87 counties benefit from State Lottery proceeds, and surveys show Minnesotans continue to both support their Lottery and appreciate knowing the proceeds go to the public good.

“Everyone at the Lottery is committed to making sure we continue to deliver for Minnesota in the 21st Century,” said Van Petten. “Supporting critically important organizations like the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, Friends of the Mississippi River, and the Science Museum of Minnesota is at the core of why the Lottery was created.”

Press Conference - Where the Money Goes (click for examples)

Feb. 6, 2015, 10am, Science Museum of Minnesota

6th floor, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, Minn.

Joining Governor Mark Dayton and Ed Van Petten to highlight their work, funded in part by proceeds from the MN State Lottery:  

-         Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-         Susan Galatowitsch, Director, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota

-         Whitney Clark, Executive Director, Friends of the Mississippi River

-         Eric Jolly, President, Science Museum of Minnesota


“The Game of a Lifetime™” Arrives in Minnesota Jan. 27

Offers Players a Chance to Win Two Lifetime Prizes

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Jan. 26, 2015) — Minnesota players will soon have the chance to win $1,000 a day for life or $25,000 a year for life by playing the newest multi-state lottery game, Lucky for Life.

Beginning Jan. 27, Lucky for Life tickets will be available for sale at more than 3,000 lottery retailers across Minnesota. In addition to the two lifetime prizes, Lucky for Life offers eight other ways to win.

“The win for life-themed scratch games that we’ve offered in the past have been incredibly successful here in Minnesota, so we’re thrilled to be adding the Lucky for Life lotto game to our product lineup,” stated Ed Van Petten, the Lottery’s Executive Director. “With the popularity of lifetime prizes, we’re confident this game will generate additional revenue for our important beneficiaries.”

Lucky for Life tickets cost $2. The game follows the traditional match and win format as other lotto games. Players can choose a quick-pick ticket or select five numbers from 1 to 48 and one Lucky Ball number from 1 to 18. Players can purchase up to 14 draws in advance. Drawings are Mondays and Thursdays at approximately 9:38 p.m. The first drawing will take place Thursday, Jan. 29.

Minnesota joins the multi-state game with 13 other lotteries, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Vermont.

For more information about Lucky for Life, visit: https://www.mnlottery.com/games/lotto_games/lucky_for_life/.  


Minnesota State Lottery Issues Warning About Lottery Scam

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Jan. 15, 2015) – The Minnesota State Lottery just learned of a scam that involves lottery winners Joe and Rhonda Meath.

An e-mail that appears to have been sent by Joe and Rhonda Meath states that the couple has donated $1 million to four lucky individuals as part of their charity project. The e-mail states the individual is one of four lucky recipients of the money and must provide their name, address and contact number to get the cash.

“Anybody who receives this e-mail should delete it,” said Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “While Joe and Rhonda Meath did win a lottery jackpot and have generously supported many of their favorite charities, they did not send this e-mail and they are not offering the $1 million donation. This is an attempt to fraudulently collect personal information from unsuspecting people.”

While it is common for scammers to pretend to be an employee of a lottery or to use the name of a lottery association or game, it is very unusual for them to actually use a winner’s identity.

Individuals should always be suspicious of a telephone call, e-mail or letter that asks for money in advance of payment of a prize or one that asks for personal information. They should never provide personal information, such as their phone number, address, mother’s maiden name, bank information, credit card information, Social Security number, PIN numbers or any other information. Nor should they send money, including cashier’s checks, money orders, any type of prepaid card or any other type of payment.  Individuals who suspect fraud should contact their local law enforcement agency.