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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 MNpotlucky.com.

"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.


Minnesota Lottery + Zubaz = winning partnership

Lottery promotes local business with new scratch game and second-chance contest

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Feb. 23, 2016) –The iconic zebra-striped pants that rose to fame in the early 1990s are back thanks to two local businessmen—and are the inspiration behind the Lottery’s newest scratch game.

The Crazy Cash scratch game is now available at over 3,100 Lottery retailers statewide. Customers will have a hard time missing the familiar fluorescent zebra print on this $2 scratch ticket, which offers instant cash prizes up to $10,000. However, the real prize for some may be a shot at winning a pair of Zubaz® pants in a second-chance contest. Players can enter non-winning tickets for the chance to win one of 331 Zubaz-themed prize packs.

Lottery Marketing Manager Vicki Holets says the partnership with Zubaz was a natural fit for the Lottery. “We are constantly looking for unique Minnesota businesses to partner with and the Zubaz brand fits well with the Lottery’s brand of encouraging Minnesotan’s to have some fun and take a chance. We hope this ticket attracts new players while introducing a new generation of customers to the Zubaz brand.

Zubaz founders and co-owners Bob Traux and Dan Stock are both excited about the opportunity to work with the Lottery. “With over two million tickets printed that’s two million Minnesotans or people from the surrounding area that are going to hear about it,” said Stock. “It’s a fun way to let people know that Zubaz are back!”

For more information about the Crazy Cash scratch game, visit mnlottery.com/contests/events.

About Zubaz:

Bob Traux and Dan Stock invented the Zubaz pant in their Roseville gym in 1988. The intended audience was initially for professional athletes but soon the fad caught on and Zubaz became a sensation with more than 10 million pairs sold worldwide. Traux and Stock reintroduced the popular pants in 2014, as well as a variety of other zebra-striped apparel, with the launch of www.zubaz.com.


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Minnesota Wins!

Record Powerball jackpot run generates more than $20 million for state beneficiaries

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Jan. 14, 2016) – While Powerball® jackpot winners in California, Florida and Tennessee celebrate their wins, the jackpot roll, which began on Nov. 7, 2015 and ended with last night’s record $1,586,400,000 jackpot, gives Minnesota plenty to celebrate.

  • During this jackpot roll, Minnesota’s lottery players won $6,116,384 on 1,011,512 winning Powerball tickets.
  • Minnesota Lottery retailers earned $2,946,267 from Powerball sales since the roll began.
  • Powerball sales of $49,104,457 from the 20-draw run generated $20,722,081 for Lottery beneficiaries:
    • $11,398,151 for the state’s General Fund
    • $7,012,116 for the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
    • $1,155,907 for the Game & Fish Fund
    • $1,155,907 for the Natural Resources Fund

Lottery players have won more than $6.3 billion since the Lottery’s inception. 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.