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Lucky for Life, $390,000
June 27, 2016—Franklin Burdette of Minneapolis won a Lucky for Life® $25,000 a year for life prize on June 23 and after consulting with his tax person and a lawyer, he decided to take the cash option of $390,000.
Burdette said that Lucky for Life is the only lottery game he’s ever played because he always believed that he had a good chance to win.
Pump and Munch, located at 4401 Nicollet Ave. N. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket. The morning following the drawing, Burdette went back to the store. He first scanned the ticket using a ticket scanner available for player use. Burdette got a message instructing him to contact the Lottery so he took the ticket to the sales associate. When the sales associate scanned the ticket, he said, “You’re the guy who won!” Burdette explained.
$500,000 Jackpot, $500,000
June 17, 2016—When Byron resident Jonathan Phelps came into the Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 16, the first thing he said was, “I couldn’t believe it—who wins twice at the exact same gas station in two months!”
Phelps was “overwhelmed” when he uncovered the $500,000 prize while playing the Lottery’s $500,000 Jackpot scratch game, considering he had just won a $20,000 prize in April playing The Big $10 Ticket scratch game.
Oronoco Gas ‘N Go, located at 1455 Cedar Center Ave. in Oronoco, sold both winning tickets.
Phelps said he was able to become debt free with the first win, and now plans to help family and seek out a financial adviser to help plan his future.
Powerball, $1 million
June 2, 2016—The luck of the horseshoe was certainly with Joseph Yanish, a professional farrier from Litchfield, when he won $1 million playing Powerball on May 14.
Yanish won the $1 million prize on an “impulse purchase” he made at Casey’s General Store, 6515 County Road 136, in St. Cloud. “I just had an extra couple of bucks and decided to buy two tickets at the last minute,” he said.
Yanish discovered his win on May 16 after reading online that Casey’s General Store in St. Cloud sold a $1 million winning ticket. “I was freaking out,” he recalled. “My wife [Erin] thought someone had died!” But after he showed her the ticket, Erin quickly realized it was very good news.
Erin said she was much more even-keeled about the win. “We are quite content as is,” she said. “We are going to go on living life the way we have,” except with one major exception—being debt free.
The couple plan to pay off their debts, including their mortgage. They also plan to tithe a portion of their prize and do some traveling, including a trip to Walt Disney World next year.
Yanish, along with his wife and family, arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 2 to claim the prize.
Yanish’s winning ticket matched the first five winning numbers drawn on May 14 to win $1 million. The winning numbers from May 14 were 13-27-47-64-65 and the Powerball number was 9. Yanish is the third Minnesotan to win a $1 million Powerball prize so far this year.
Big Money, $50,000
June 30, 2016—Elaine Ashpole of Eagle Lake won $50,000 playing the Big Money game.
Ashpole purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 101 – 598th Ave. in Eagle Lake. She claimed the prize on June 29.
Big Money, $50,000
June 29, 2016—Talib Al Sawad of Anoka claimed a $50,000 Big Money prize on June 29. He purchased the winning ticket at Gas Plus, located at 13051 N.W. Round Lake Blvd in Coon Rapids.
Northstar Cash, $67,327
June 27, 2016—Todd Okerlund of Buckeye, AZ won a $67,327 Northstar Cash jackpot on June 22. Okerlund purchased his winning ticket at Calhoun Beach BP, located at 3021 Excelsior Blvd. in Minneapolis. He claimed the prize on June 23.
Gopher 5, $227,331
June 23, 2016—William Gautsch of Crosby won the $227,331 Gopher 5 jackpot on June 8, 2016.
Gautsch purchased the winning ticket at U-Pump-It, located at 29 W. Main St. in Crosby. He claimed the prize on June 22.
Lucky Numbers, $50,000
June 24, 2016—Donald “Jamie” Reynolds of Maple Lake has a ritual he follows every time he buys a scratch ticket. “I get in my truck, put the seat belt on, start the truck like I’m ready to leave and scratch the ticket,” he explained.
This ritual was especially lucky for Reynolds on June 22, when he revealed a $50,000 prize on the Lucky Numbers ticket he purchased at Murphy USA, 1219 Highway 25 North in Buffalo.
“When I saw it was a $50,000 winner it excited me a little bit,” he said. Reynolds said he shut the truck off and went back in the store to sign the ticket and to confirm the win.
He claimed the prize on June 23.
$50,000 Gold Rush, $50,000
June 7, 2016—Brienne Benson and Tyler Kirvan of Long Lake shared a $50,000 prize they won on a $50,000 Gold Rush ticket.
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, 2501 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis. The couple claimed the prize on June 6.
June 3, 2016—Brandon Maki of Apple Valley won $75,000 on a Frogger ticket he purchased at Kwik Trip, located at 20187 Dodd Blvd. in Lakeville. He claimed the prize on June 1.
June 28 2016—Harold Jeffers of Aitkin says he buys five sets of numbers for every Powerball drawing. He usually brings the ticket home and checks it immediately after the drawing.
Jeffers didn’t do that for the ticket he bought for the drawing on June 18. When he stopped at The Junction, 22856 U.S. Highway 169 in Aitkin recently, he saw the ticket for the June 18 Powerball drawing sitting in his car’s driver’s door pocket.
“I checked the ticket and got the message that it couldn’t be paid at the store,” he recalled. “I asked the clerk how much I won. She checked and said, ‘You won $50,000!’” Jeffers exclaimed.
As he claimed the prize on June 27, Jeffers stated, “I’ll check my tickets sooner from now on!”
Big Money, $50,000
June 28, 2016—Lisa Wurster of St. Paul won $50,000 playing the Big Money game.
Wurster purchased the winning ticket at Setzer Pharmacy Inc., 1685 Rice St. in Roseville. She claimed the prize on June 27.
Mega Millions, $1 million
June 23, 2016—Patricia Kappel of Savage won $1 million by playing Mega Millions. The fifth line on her five-line ticket matched the winning numbers drawn on June 10 to win the $1 million prize. Kappel claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on June 22.
Kwik Trip, located at 14175 Vernon Ave. S.E. in Savage, sold the winning ticket.
10X The Cash, $175,000
June 16, 2016—Cheng Lor of St. Paul won $175,000 playing the 10X The Cash game.
Lor purchased the winning ticket at SuperAmerica, 1771 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul. He claimed the prize on June 15.