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$100,000 Crossword Doubler, $100,000
July 14, 2017—One letter on a scratch ticket made a huge difference for a Duluth resident who thought that he had won $5,000 on a crossword-themed scratch ticket. “I thought that I won $5,000, and then I noticed that I missed the letter ‘D’ so instead of eight words, I actually had 10!” said Jim Johnson. The two extra words made a $95,000 difference—he had actually won $100,000.
“I said, ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ I texted my boss to let him know that I needed a day off to go to Roseville to turn in my $100,000 winning ticket,” said Johnson.
Johnson won the $100,000 prize by playing the $100,000 Crossword Doubler scratch ticket. He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s office in Roseville on July 14.
Holiday, located at 1309 Highway 45 in Scanlon, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
June 22, 2017— “It’s a life-changing event,” Deborah Schweigert of Shelly said of winning $50,000 playing the Lottery’s Big Money scratch game.
Schweigert discovered her win on June 17 and said she’s been in “la-la land” ever since. She arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 20 to claim the prize. While she admitted that it still hasn’t sunk in yet, she is starting to make plans for her winnings. “I’m going to pay off my car, help out some family and put the rest away in the bank for retirement.”
Schweigert purchased her winning ticket at Halstad Elevator Company Inc., located at Highway 75 and 200, in Halstad.
$50,000 Riches, $50,000
June 16, 2017—“I think it’s pretty cool that a little bar in the middle of nowhere has had two big winning tickets in three years,” said Bernie Dehn of Bovey as she claimed a $50,000 lottery prize.
Dehn, who is the owner of Lawrence Lake Liquor, said that her win happened because “I was bored because there was nobody there. I put $10 in [the lottery vending machine] and won $100. ‘I thought, “Today must be my lucky day!’” Dehn decided to purchase more tickets and uncovered a $50,000 win on a $50,000 Riches ticket. When she scanned the ticket and got a message to contact the Lottery, she thought, “Okay, this must be the real deal.”
In 2014, another Bovey resident won $10,000 on a scratch ticket purchased at Lawrence Lake Liquor.
Lawrence Lake Liquor is located at 33887 Scenic Highway in Bovey.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $61,620
July 14, 2017—Amy Hyett of Hopkins won $61,621 by playing $5 Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo. Holiday Stationstores, located at 530 Blake Road N. in Hopkins, sold the winning ticket. Hyett claimed the prize on July 14.
Hit it Big, $200,000
July 5, 2017—Joseph Sullivan of New Brighton hit it big! Sullivan won a $200,000 top prize by playing the Hit it Big scratch game. He purchased his winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 3930 Silver Lake Road, in St. Anthony.
Lucky for Life, $25,000 a year for life
June 23, 2017—Guy Torgerson of Minneapolis won $25,000 a year for life by playing the Lucky for Life game on May 25. Torgerson selected the annuity option, which guarantees $25,000 every year for life! Smart Stop Inc., located at 2651 Johnson St. N.E. in Minneapolis, sold his winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $31,000
June 29, 2017—Richard Odden’s persistence paid off in a big way after the same set of numbers he has been playing for over 20 years were drawn on June 22 to win a $31,000 Northstar Cash jackpot.
The Staples resident picks his own set of numbers using family birthdates (15, 16, 24, 26, 27). He didn’t even need his ticket with him to know that he was the winner. “I knew I won when I checked the winning numbers over the phone,” he said. “All my numbers were there!”
Odden said he still plans to play the same set of numbers. “I’d like to hit the really big jackpot someday!”
Odden claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 28. Staples Express LLC, located at 129 – 2nd Ave. N.E. in Staples, sold the winning ticket. The business will receive a $310 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
June 14, 2017—“I’ve been pretty lucky lately,” said Joyce Hubbart of Glencoe, referring to winning “a couple of dollars here and there” when she plays Powerball® and Hot Lotto®. Hubbart’s definition of “lucky” drastically changed after she won $50,000 in the May 17 Powerball drawing.
Hubbart discovered her win after she had her tickets scanned at a local convenience store. Unsure of how much she won, Hubbart went home and checked the lottery’s website. “I saw that Casey’s in Glencoe sold a $50,000 winner and I thought that must be me!” Turns out, she was right!
Casey’s General Store is located at 801–13th St. in Glencoe.
$50,000 Riches, $50,000
May 26, 2017—Glen Jungmann won $50,000 by playing the $50,000 Riches scratch game. The Ham Lake resident had $30 in winning tickets to redeem and tried his luck on the $20 scratch game, which paid off in a big way!
“I thought I scratched it wrong,” he recalled. “I had never seen anything like this before.” After the win began to sink in, Jungmann said he was “giggly and giddy for the rest of the night!”
Neighbor Stop, located at 10635 Quince St. N.W., in Coon Rapids sold the winning ticket.
Gopher 5, $1,181,147
July 11, 2017—John Piecek of Cambridge won $1,181,147 by playing the Lottery’s Gopher 5 game. Their quick-pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn on July 10 the jackpot. Piecek claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on July 11.
Cub Foods, located at 100 Opportunity Blvd. N. in Cambridge, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $100,000
July 3, 2017—Kevin Hannasch of Moorhead won $100,000 by playing the Big Money scratch game. Hannasch purchased his winning ticket at Co-op Oil Association, located at 110 McKenzie Ave. S., in Middle River.
$50,000 Riches, $50,000
June 26, 2017—Bryan Owens of Spring Valley won $50,000 by playing the $50,000 Riches scratch game. Owens purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville.