Minnesota Lottery Announces Record Transfers to the State for FY15
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 23, 2015) – According to preliminary, unaudited figures, the Minnesota Lottery will transfer $135.3 million to the state of Minnesota to benefit the programs that are funded in part by the Lottery. This amount is the highest ever recorded in the Lottery’s 25-year history.
“The Lottery’s mission has always been to be a reliable revenue source for the state of Minnesota and the projects that are funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund,” said Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “We take this very seriously and, like many organizations, we’re always looking for ways to maximize revenue and reduce costs.”
For the fifth straight year, Lottery sales topped $500 million, coming in at $546.9 million. Sales were led by record scratch ticket sales of $376.2 million. Lotto sales were down this year due to a lack of big jackpots.
Players won $335.7 million in prizes, while retailers earned $33 million in commissions and incentives, an average of $10,794 per store.
The following is a breakdown of the $135.3 million in transfers to the state. All figures are unaudited.
$100,000 lottery win leads to random act of kindness
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 22, 2015) – After winning $100,000 playing the Lottery’s High Stakes Lakes scratch game, Richard Hauge of Farmington saw his windfall as an opportunity to help a friend.
The first thing Hauge is going to do with part of his winnings is surprise a friend, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, with a gift card so she can pick out a nice wig.
“She wanted a real wig but they are very expensive,” Hauge explained when he arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 20 to claim his prize. “She couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on something so temporary.”
Hauge hopes his random act of kindness will show his support and help brighten her day. “She’s going to beat it and get through it,” he added. “We’ll get it for her and then she can donate it to someone else after she’s done with it.”
Hauge purchased the High Stakes Lakes ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 18290 Pilot Knob Road in Farmington, on July 19. “I had never seen it before and I thought it looked cool,” he recalled.
Upon discovering his win, Hauge immediately went home to share the news with his wife. “I ran in the house and said, ‘You’re not going to believe what happened to me,’ and she thought I was in a car accident!” She was in for quite a surprise when he handed her the $100,000 winning ticket.
Hauge says his prize money will also allow him to pay off student loans and begin some home improvement projects.
Lucky for Life ticket worth $25,000/year for life sold in Eagan
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 10, 2015) – One lucky player won $25,000/year for life in last night’s Lucky for Life™ drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, 1379 Town Center Drive in Eagan.
This is the third time a player in Minnesota has won the $25,000/year for life prize since the Lottery started selling the Lucky for Life game in January 2015.
The holder of the winning ticket has one year to claim the prize. The winner is encouraged to sign the back of the ticket and call the Lottery’s Communications office at 651-635-8271 to make arrangements to claim the prize.
The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on July 9 were 5-7-8-36-47 and the Lucky Ball was 16.
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.
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.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™
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.
Photo credit: MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB/Steve Reed