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$13 Million Cash Explosion II, $50,000
January 20, 2017—“It’s not every day I win $50,000,” said William H. Weis Sr. of Apple Valley as he claimed a $50,000 prize that he won playing the $13 Million Cash Explosion II scratch game.
“I’ve always wanted to come here [Lottery headquarters] and here I am,” he added. Weis said he called his three children right after he purchased the ticket on Jan. 17 to share the news.
Weis Sr. claimed his prize on Jan. 18. He purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 7545 – 145th St. W., in Apple Valley.
January 6, 2017—Lester Prairie resident Matt Lynch has played all eleven Minnesota Millionaire Raffle games. “It’s one of my favorite games,” he said. It’s safe to say that the Raffle game will continue to be a favorite thanks to the $100,000 win that he discovered on New Year’s Day morning.
He shared the good news with his wife, Paige Lynch, right away. “I told Paige, ‘We won $100,000!’” To which she replied, “No we didn’t, go back to sleep.” Paige said that she started to believe him “after the third time,” he told her that they had won. After they double checked that the numbers on their ticket was a match for one of the five $100,000 Raffle prizes, they shared the news with others. “No one believed us,” said Paige.
Lynch claimed the prize at the Lottery’s office in Roseville on Jan. 6, 2017.
Storman’s, located at 9350 County Road 19 in Loretto, sold Lynch’s winning ticket.
January 5, 2017—Brenda Gillen and her husband Dean started the new year with a $100,000 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle win.
The couple discovered their new fortune after Dean checked his tickets on New Year’s Day. “I normally don’t check my tickets online, but I saw a post on Facebook that the results were in so I thought I might as well.”
“I knew right away I didn’t win one of the $1 million prizes because of where the tickets were sold,” he recalled. Luckily enough, one of his tickets won a second-level prize worth $100,000.
“We were shaking and screaming,” said Brenda.
The Gillens are in the early stages of house hunting so they said the timing couldn’t be better. “We are going to stay within the same budget, but just put a little more down,” said Brenda, adding, “That’s going to be a good feeling!”
Dean purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc, located at 1381 Greenwood Court in Shakopee.
Northstar Cash, $34,168
January 11, 2017—Mark Hasslinger of Burnsville won a $34,168 Northstar Cash jackpot on Jan. 7. He purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 4600 Slater Road, in Eagan.
Big Money, $50,000
January 11, 2017—Nicholas Serpico of Circle Pines and Jason Koford of Gillette, Wyo. shared a $50,000 prize that they won playing the Big Money scratch game. They purchased the winning ticket at Mills Gas Mart, located at 10280 Lexington Ave. N.E., in Blaine.
Raffle, 2017 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab
January 5, 2017—St. Paul resident Bruce Krummel won a 2017 Ford F-150 SuperCab by playing the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Game. Krummel claimed the prize on Jan. 5, 2017.
Shakopee Dakota C-Store, located at 15035 Mystic Lake Dr. N.W., in Prior Lake sold the winning ticket.
Raffle, 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
January 17, 2017—Yer Yang of Coon Rapids was looking to downsize from their family minivan and thanks to a Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket, she got just want she wanted.
Yang’s Raffle ticket won a 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE in the Minnesota Millionaire bonus drawing on Jan. 1, 2017.
The mom of three said she couldn’t be happier with her new car, saying, “This is a lot nicer than what I would have bought!”
Yer picked up her new car at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 12. She purchased her winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 2050 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.
January 12, 2017—With just over 24 hours to spare, an Austin resident arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville to claim a $50,000 prize. Her winning Powerball® ticket was purchased for the Jan. 13, 2016 drawing and was set to expire at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.
Debra Newman said that she doesn’t play the lottery much and had only purchased the ticket at the urging of co-workers when the jackpot had reached $1.5 billion a year ago. “The jackpot got big and everybody at work said, ‘Just go buy a ticket!’” she explained.
Newman said she didn’t claim the prize earlier because, “It was a rough year and I thought for sure [the deadline to claim] was February. I heard on the news that a ticket purchased in Austin was going to expire and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, that’s me,’” she said. “The year went quickly,” she added.
When she told her co-workers about her win, “They went nuts! We had our two minutes of screaming.”
Kwik Trip, located at 1201 W. Oakland Ave. in Austin, sold the winning ticket.
There were 12 $50,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Minnesota for the Jan. 13, 2016 drawing, one of which has not yet been claimed and will expire at 5 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017 if a winner does not come forward. That unclaimed winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 514 – 3rd St., in Jackson.
January 11, 2017—“I play every year,” said Joel Rice of Blaine, referring to the Lottery’s annual Minnesota Millionaire Raffle game. “I’ve never won anything before—until now!” Rice added, as he claimed a $100,000 Raffle prize from the Jan. 1, 2017 drawing.
Rice discovered his big win on Jan. 5 and wasted no time getting to Lottery headquarters in Roseville to cash in his winning ticket.
Rice said he purchased five tickets for the 2017 Raffle and the last ticket he checked was the big winner. “I plan to use some to help pay off an upcoming cruise,” Rice said, which he’s going on with his wife and three kids. Rice said he’s also looking forward to playing the Raffle game again next year.
He purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 10909 Radisson Road N.E.
Big Money, $50,000
January 11, 2017—Dennis Czech of Sauk Rapids won $50,000 playing the Big Money scratch game. Czech purchased the winning ticket at R & F’s Service Inc., located at 400 S. Benton Drive S., in Sauk Rapids.
$500,000 Spectacular Riches, $50,000
January 3, 2017—Devan Voeller of Eagan won $50,000 by playing the $500,000 Spectacular Riches scratch game. He claimed the prize on Jan. 3, 2017.
SuperAmerica, located at 1406 Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan, sold the winning ticket.
$200,000 Payday, $40,000
January 4, 2017—Daniel Fee of White Bear Lake won $40,000 by playing the $200,000 Payday scratch game. He purchased the winning ticket at Freedom Valu Center, located at 4852 Highway 61 N., in White Bear Lake.