Minnesota Millionaire Club, $1 Million
July 30, 2015—Gail Murray of Carlos, who owns Jerry’s Bar and Grill in Alexandria, and customer Cal Stueve of Alexandria occasionally pool their money to purchase $50 Minnesota Millionaire Club scratch tickets.
The duo have developed a system for playing the game: “I scratch the front and he scratches the back,” Murray said. The instructions for one of the games on the ticket says, “Match 3 like prizes across in the same row, win that prize.” Murray explained that as she uncovered the symbols on a ticket they bought on July 28, “There was a $1 million, there was a second $1 million and then I scratched the last one and it said $1 million. I yelled, ‘We won $1 million!’”
Stueve said his attention was diverted as Murray was scratching the ticket, but “she couldn’t breathe or talk, so I thought maybe we did win $1 million.” His mom was with a group playing whist in another area of the bar when Murray uncovered the $1 million prize. “She didn’t believe me until I showed her the ticket,” he said with a smile.
Jerry’s Bar and Grill is located at 530 County Road 22. Murray and Stueve claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 29.
The prize also includes $476,015 to cover the required federal and state minimum tax withholding of 32.25 percent, making the total prize $1,476,015.
Gopher 5, $110,000
July 24, 2015—On July 17 Ramona O’Hara of Edina purchased a Gopher 5 ticket for that night’s drawing at Cub Foods, 3620 Texas Ave. S. in St. Louis Park.
When O’Hara went back to the store a few days later to check the ticket, she got the surprise of her life when she discovered she won the $110,000 jackpot.
O’Hara went home and dug the newspaper out of the recycling bin to check the winning numbers. “I didn’t believe it! I had to see it for myself,” she said.
She claimed the prize on July 23. The winning Gopher 5 numbers for July 17 were 9-15-18-30-42.
July 20, 2015—When it comes to playing the lottery, Sandalio “Leo” Garza of Shakopee has always said, “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
Putting his motto to work, Garza has been playing the Lottery’s multi-state jackpot games on a weekly basis, including the newest game, Lucky for Life™, since it made its debut in Minnesota in January.
On July 9, Garza’s Lucky for Life quick-pick ticket matched the first five numbers drawn to win the second prize of $25,000 a year for life. “I couldn’t believe it,” he recalled when he discovered his win on July 13. “I had to keep checking my ticket to make sure it was real.”
When Garza arrived at Lottery headquarters on July 17 to claim his prize, deciding between the $25,000 a year for life annuity option (minimum 20 year payout) and the $390,000 cash option was an easy choice. “I’d rather have my money up front,” he explained. “You just don’t know what the future holds.”
The lump sum will allow Garza to fulfill his dream of becoming a homeowner. Garza says he plans to start the house hunting process immediately, saying, “I’m sick of renting—I’m just throwing away my money.” Garza also plans to use some of his winnings to fix up his truck so he can trade it in for a newer one.
Garza purchased his winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 1379 Town Center Drive in Eagan. The winning Lucky for Life numbers from July 9 were 5-7-8-36-47 and the Lucky Ball was 16. Garza is the third Lucky for Life winner in Minnesota to win a lifetime prize of $25,000 a year for life.
$13 Million Cash Explosion®, $50,000
July 30, 2015—Jonathan Soule of Fridley won $50,000 playing the Lottery’s $13 Million Cash Explosion® scratch game.
Soule purchased the winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 585 Northtown Drive in Blaine. He claimed the prize on July 29.
X scratch game, $40,000
July 23, 2015—Dennis Meyer of Elk River won $40,000 playing the Lottery’s X scratch game.
Meyer purchased the winning ticket at Croix Convenience, located at 11044 – 61st St. N.E. in Albertville. He claimed the prize on July 22.
All or Nothing, $100,000
July 16, 2015—Debra Thompson of Winsted won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s All or Nothing game. Her ticket matched all 12 winning numbers from the evening drawing held on June 28, 2015.
Players win the $100,000 top prize by matching all of the winning numbers or none of the winning numbers.
Thompson purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 240 W. Highway 5 in Waconia.
June 16, 2015—A Minneapolis man experienced a classic case of beginner’s luck after winning $77,777 on the first lottery ticket he ever purchased.
Ibrahim Dirie said he never thought about buying lottery tickets until a friend encouraged him to give it a try while they made a stop at Tesoro Riverside Stop, located at 2517 Riverside Ave., in Minneapolis on June 13.
Dirie scratched the Black Diamond 7s ticket at the store where he quickly discovered he won the game’s top prize. “It was a big surprise,” he recalled. “It’s really a miracle!”
Dirie claimed the prize on June 15.
Mystery Word Crossword, $100,000
July 30, 2015—Darik Thompson of Wanamingo won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s Mystery Word Crossword scratch game.
“My father always said, ‘If you don’t play, you won’t lose.’ But I always told him, ‘If you don’t play, you’ll never win.'” As Thompson received his check he said, “I can’t wait to show him this!”
Thompson purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 100 First St. N.E. in Pine Island. He claimed the prize on July 29.
High Stakes Lakes, $100,000
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.
Northstar Cash, $31,547
July 20, 2015—Charles Voigt of St. Cloud won the $31,547 Northstar Cash jackpot on July 13.
Voigt purchased the winning ticket at West Side Liquor, located at 45 N. Waite Ave. in Waite Park. He claimed the prize on July 17 at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
High Stakes Lakes, $100,000
July 28, 2015—James Kinney of Blaine won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s High Stakes Lakes scratch game.
Kinney purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, located at 8501 Xylite N.E. in Blaine. He claimed the prize on July 27.
$13 Million Cash Explosion®, $50,000
July 17, 2015—Ron Dickson of Brooklyn Park won $50,000 on a $13 Million Cash Explosion scratch ticket.
Dickson purchased the winning ticket at Neisen’s Sports Bar Inc., 4851 – 123rd St. W. in Savage. He claimed the prize on July 16.
$200,000 Instant Jackpot, $200,000
July 6, 2015—Fred Dyck and Ernie Dyck, both of Rochester, shared a $200,000 prize they won on the Lottery’s $200,000 Instant Jackpot scratch game. They claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 2.
The winning ticket was purchased at Mauer Bros Tavern, located at 1200 S. Main St. in Elba.
Northstar Cash, $66,900
July 2, 2015—A Minneapolis resident won the $66,900 Northstar Cash jackpot on a ticket he purchased for the drawing on June 26. Ahmed Bati purchased the winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 5101 – 34thAve. S. in Minneapolis.