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Stacks of Cash, $200,000
October 18, 2016—Jefferson Smith Sr. of St. Paul won $200,000 playing the Stacks of Cash game.
"After a round of golf—the back nine was pretty good—I stopped for gas and bought a few tickets," said Smith. He may have thought that the round of golf would be the best part of his day, but the stop for gas turned out to be much more exciting than usual. Smith played the tickets while waiting for his gas tank to fill and uncovered a $200,000 win. “I ran into the gas station and [showed the ticket to the sales associate and asked], ‘Is this for real?!’ He said ‘It’s for real!’”
Smith claimed the prize on Oct. 17, 2016. Holiday Stationstores Inc., 1400 Arcade St. in St. Paul, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $116,468
October 13, 2016—“[Family members] always say, ‘Marty, you are the luckiest person!’ They are going to freak out when they hear about this.” Brooklyn Park resident Martin Thompson was talking about the $116,468 Northstar Cash® jackpot that he won on Oct. 9, 2016 his second big lottery win. Exactly nine years earlier, on Oct. 9, 2007 Thompson won a Northstar Cash jackpot worth $39,296.
In addition to hitting two lottery jackpots, Thompson has been lucky at his favorite pastime: golf. “I hit a hole-in-one once,” he said.
“The sales clerk said, ‘I can’t cash this one.’ That’s how I found out I won something big,” recalled Thompson. The store employee opened a newspaper and started reading the winning Northstar Cash numbers out loud. “He read a couple of numbers and they matched and I thought, ‘This is good.’ When he hit the last one, I thought, ‘Oh, man. This is really good.’”
Thompson’s ticket had matched all five winning Northstar Cash numbers drawn on Oct. 9 to win the $116,468 jackpot. His $39,296 jackpot win was on Oct. 9, 2007.
Go For It Gas, located at 7820 Lakeland Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park, sold the winning ticket.
October, 3 2016—James Panzram of Waseca has been enjoying the good life since he retired from Birds Eye in Waseca in April.
“I’m ready to rock and roll,” he said of retirement. “I do whatever I feel like doing—I’m catching fish, hitting golf balls and bowling.”
On Sept. 30, Panzram felt like taking a trip to Lottery headquarters in Roseville to hand in a Powerball ticket worth $50,000.
“Now that I have this, I think I should take a vacation,” he said. “I’ve been dying to go on a cruise!”
Panzram says that while his day-to-day routine has dramatically changed since he retired, one thing that has remained the same is buying Lottery tickets every other Thursday.
It paid off in a big way after his Powerball ticket from Sept. 24 matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000. Kwik Trip, located at 501 W. Elm Ave. in Waseca, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $19,537
September 19, 2016—Charles Peterson of Moorhead won $19,537 by playing Northstar Cash. His ticket was one of three that matched the winning numbers drawn on Sept. 9 to split the $58,611 jackpot.
Peterson purchased the winning ticket at M & H Gas, located at 510 Main Ave. in Moorhead.
Northstar Cash, $19,537
September 19, 2016—Judi Holloway of Hilltop won $19,537 by playing Northstar Cash®. Her ticket was one of three that matched the winning numbers drawn on Sept. 9 to split the $58,611 jackpot.
Holloway purchased her winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 246 – 57th Ave. N.E. in Fridley.
Northstar Cash, $19,537
September 12, 2016—Logan Novak of Foley won $19,537 by playing Northstar Cash. His ticket was one of three that matched the winning numbers drawn on Sept. 9 to split the $58,611 jackpot.
Novak purchased his winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 181 Highway 23 W. in Foley.
$200,000 Payday, $200,000
September 12, 2016—Jeffery Leibold of Spring Valley won $200,000 playing the $200,000 Payday scratch game. Leibold purchased the winning ticket at Sunshine Foods, 501 N. Park Drive in Spring Valley. He claimed the prize on Sept. 12.
Northstar Cash, $114,577
September 30, 2016—“I expected to win someday,” said Gerrit Wierbos as he happily claimed a Northstar Cash jackpot worth $114,577. “Why not? Somebody will win,” he added.
The Dent resident said he isn’t a regular lottery player, but keeps an eye on the jackpots. “I wait until it’s up there,” he explained. The estimated Northstar Cash jackpot on Sept. 24 was over $100,000, which qualified as “up there,” so he purchased two tickets. “And what do you know? I won the jackpot on one and I won a dollar on the other one,” he said. “I’m a lucky guy.”
Wierbos said he’ll keep playing and thinks he will probably win big again someday. “I’m counting on it!” he said with a smile. “The odds are 50/50, either you win or you don’t,” he joked.
Dean’s Country Market, located at 211 Market Drive in Perham, sold the winning ticket.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $46,822
September 15, 2016—It’s not every day that you get to spend your lunch hour turning in a big winning ticket at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
On Sept. 14, that’s exactly what Annette Chlebeck of Cottage Grove did after she revealed a $46,822 jackpot win playing the Lottery’s Progressive Print-N-Play Crossword game earlier that morning.
“This is a really, really good lunch hour,” Chlebeck beamed as she claimed her prize. “I still can’t believe this is happening.”
Chlebeck planned to return to work but admitted that she will be in a much better mood.
Chlebeck says she’s a huge fan of the Progressive Print-N-Play games because she loves the instant-win play style without all the mess. “They’re cleaner,” she said. “I always buy crossword because they take longer to play,” she says.
She purchased the winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 4104 Radio Drive in Woodbury.
Fiery Hot Cash, $100,000
September 20, 2016—How would you react if you won the lottery? Alicia Gordon of Minneapolis fainted when she scratched off a $100,000 prize playing the Fiery Hot Cash scratch game. “I felt myself getting lightheaded and I started shaking,” she recalled. “Next thing I knew, I was on the floor.”
Gordon doesn’t consider herself to be a gambler. “I’ve never even been to a casino,” she said. While stopping at Merwin Liquors, located at 700 West Broadway in Minneapolis, Gordon said she was encouraged to “test my luck.”
It was a test she was glad she took after winning a $100,000 top prize. “You never would think something like this happens and now it’s happened to me,” she said.
“I got an unbelievable blessing and you know what, I deserve it!”
Northstar Cash, $28,000
October 19, 2016—Michael Castrodes of Coon Rapids, won the $28,000 Northstar Cash jackpot on Oct. 15, 2016. The winning ticket was purchased at Gas Plus, located at 13051 N.W. Round Lake Blvd. in Coon Rapids. He claimed the prize on Oct. 18.
Big Money, $50,000
October 13, 2016—Lory Meisel of Silver Bay won $50,000 playing the Big Money scratch game. Meisel purchased the winning ticket at Delvac Bros Inc., located at 1022 Main St. in Beaver Bay. She claimed the prize on Oct. 12.
Northstar Cash $26,000
October 13, 2016—Steve Brykovsky of Eden Prairie won the $26,000 Northstar Cash® jackpot on Oct. 11, 2016. The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 13195 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. He claimed the prize on Oct. 12.
$13 Million Cash Explosion II, $50,000
October 6, 2016—Angela Gjerde of Savage won $50,000 playing the $13 Million Cash Explosion® II scratch game. Gjerde purchased the winning ticket at Cedar BP, located at 9200 Old Cedar Ave. S. in Bloomington. She claimed the prize on Oct. 6.