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Northstar Cash, $36,618
October 6, 2015—Last Saturday, Oct. 3, Willmar resident Lisa Tyson told someone, “That’s why I play the lottery, because one day …” She recounted that conversation as she was filling out a claim form at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville and then added, “And that turned out to be the day!”
A few hours after she talked about winning the lottery “one day,” she discovered that the quick-pick Northstar Cash ticket that she had purchased for the Oct. 3 drawing had matched all five numbers drawn to win the $36,618 jackpot.
“I always said, ‘I have just as much chance as anyone else,’” she explained. “If you don’t play, you can’t win,” she added.
SuperAmerica, located at 415 S. First St. in Willmar, sold the winning ticket.
September 17, 2015—Mary Siegel of Minneapolis always buys two Powerball tickets for every drawing but after forgetting she had already purchased her tickets for the Sept. 16 drawing—she doubled up while making a pit stop at Kwik Trip in Stillwater on Sept. 14.
I’m sure glad I did,” Siegel said as she claimed a $1 million Powerball prize that she won on one of those tickets. ”I guess that’s the one perk of old age—it’s so weird the way things work.”
According to her daughter, Justeen, Mary “is the most deserving person ever—she works all of the time and is always helping others.”
Siegel, who works as a residence manager for a treatment program in Minneapolis, says her job is constant. When asked if her win will allow for more “me-time” Siegel laughed and said, “No—I love what I do too much!”
First thing on Siegel’s to-do list is contact a tax professional. “I need to figure out the best way to make my money last,” she said. “I want to provide security for my daughter.” Next up—she plans to buy herself a new car. “It’s much needed,” she said. And it has to be a convertible!”
Kwik Trip, located at 3550 Settlers Way in Stillwater, sold the winning ticket.
The winning Powerball numbers for Sept. 16, 2015 were 5-7-24-31-39 and the Powerball was 7. Siegel won the $1 million prize by matching the first five numbers drawn.
All or Nothing, $100,000
Sept. 1, 2015—A St. Paul resident just won his second big lottery prize! A ticket that Jeffrey Bock purchased for the Aug. 30 evening All or Nothing drawing matched all 12 numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.
Players win the top prize by matching all 12 numbers or none of the numbers, so some might say that Bock is a bit of an overachiever. In January 2015, he won $20,000 by playing a scratch game.
“I scanned my ticket and the message said to claim at the Lottery,” said Bock. He assumed that he’d won $1,000. A good friend told him that he thought it was actually a $100,000 winner. Bock replied, “If it’s $100,000, I’m fainting. So you better bring water!”
They headed to the Lottery’s office in Roseville (with a bottle of water). When they arrived, they found out that he had actually won the $100,000 top prize. Bock didn’t faint, but he was very happy with the news. “I thought, ‘I am having a good day!’” he recalled.
Bock said that he had randomly chosen the numbers that he played and that he plays “to win, baby!”
Speedstop Sunrise, located at 16 – 14th Ave. N.E. in St. Cloud, sold the winning ticket. The store earned a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
Northstar Cash, $32,170
October 5, 2015—Laster Logan of St. Paul won the $32,170 Northstar Cash jackpot from Sept. 25.
Logan’s quick-pick ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn (7-13-16-18-26) to win the jackpot. He claimed the prize on Oct. 2.
Clark on Rice, located at 1440 Rice Street in St. Paul, sold the winning ticket.
Black Diamond 7s, $77,777
September 22, 2015—A Rochester resident won $77,777 by playing the Lottery’s Black Diamond 7s scratch game. Dennis Fenske claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Sept. 21.
Kwik Trip, located at 1221 Marion Road S.E. in Rochester, sold the winning ticket. The business earned a $500 bonus for selling the ticket.
Mystery Word Crossword, $100,000
September 18, 2015—Arlene Westrud of Winona won $100,000 on a Mystery Word Crossword ticket she purchased at Hy-Vee Food Stores, located at 1475 Service Road in Winona.
She claimed the prize on Sept. 17 at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
Hy-Vee Food Stores earned a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $202,417
Sept. 11, 2015—Jennifer Lake of Eden Prairie and Kevin Lake of Shakopee won the $202,417 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Sept. 9, 2015. The ticket matched the winning numbers 5-8-18-19-21 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
The ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 13305 Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka. They claimed the prize on Sept. 10.
SuperAmerica earned a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $13,000
October 8, 2015—Robert Kujawa of Montevideo won $13,000 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash® game. His ticket was one of two that matched the winning numbers 1-7-11-17-27 drawn on Oct. 7 to split the $26,000 jackpot.
Kujawa purchased his winning ticket at Coborn’s, located at 1409 Highway 7 E. in Montevideo.
Extreme Crossword, $150,000
September 8, 2015—Lyle Eisenlohr of Pennock says he considers himself lucky when he wins his money back playing the Lottery.
On Sept. 4, Eisenlohr’s definition of luck changed after claiming a $150,000 Extreme Crossword scratch game prize.
But his big win didn’t come without skepticism.
Eisenlohr had his wife scratch the $10 ticket that he purchased at Pit Stop in Pennock on Sept. 1. “She said she had a big winner, but that’s happened before and then when I get to the store to check the ticket—it’s a big letdown!”
Not this time.
After having his ticket scanned at the C-store, Eisenlohr came back with a smile and a printout saying the prize must be claimed at Lottery headquarters.
“I never thought this day would come,” Eisenlohr said as he claimed the prize. He hopes to pay off his mortgage and take a European vacation with his prize money.
Pit Stop is located at 102 Highway 12 W. in Pennock.
Make My Year, $200,000
Aug. 28, 2015—Malachi Ireland-Covington of Bloomington received two Make My Year™ tickets from his mom for his 21st birthday, which he celebrated on Aug. 26.
Ireland-Covington said he scratched all of the winning numbers on the ticket, then revealed his numbers row by row. When he found a match to number 37, he knew he had a winning ticket. “I came back [to uncover the prize] and—boom!—there it was!” he said after winning $200,000.
“I yelled, ‘Mom! Come in here!’ She walked into my room and I said, ‘Mom, look at this ticket!’ I was dumbfounded.”
While claiming the prize on Aug. 27, Ireland-Covington and his mom agreed that the $200,000 win made their year and that 37 is now their lucky number.
The winning ticket was purchased at Lang’s One Stop Market, located at 5101 Edina Industrial Blvd. in Edina.
Northstar Cash, $25,000
October 8, 2015—Vong Duong of Coon Rapids won the $25,000 Northstar Cash® jackpot on Oct. 4. The winning ticket was purchased at EZ Stop, located at 1624 Washington Ave. N. in Minneapolis.
The winning Northstar Cash numbers for Oct. 4 were 4-7-13-14-30.
Northstar Cash, $46,689
September 22, 2015—Edward Slanga of Vadnais Heights won the $46,689 Northstar Cash® jackpot on Sept. 18.
The winning ticket was purchased at Gramsie Corner Mart, located at 3999 Rice St., in Shoreview. The store earned a $466 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Slanga claimed the prize on Sept. 21.The winning Northstar Cash numbers for Sept. 18 were 5-14-15-23-31.
$13 Million Cash Explosion, $50,000
Sept. 17, 2015—A Rosemount resident won a $50,000 lottery prize. Greg Love won the prize by playing the $13 Million Cash Explosion scratch game.
Celts Irish Pub & Grill, located at 14506 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount, sold the winning ticket.
Gopher 5, $630,864
September 4, 2015—Cheryl Smith of Annandale won the $630,864 Gopher 5 jackpot on Sept. 2.
Smith’s quick-pick ticket that she purchased at Clearwater Travel Plaza matched all five winning numbers drawn (7-16-20-25-44) to win the jackpot.
Clearwater Travel Plaza is located at 950 State Highway 24 in Clearwater.