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Minnesota Vikings, $100,000
August 12, 2016—While on his way to start his 24-hour shift as a St. Paul firefighter, David Garcia stopped at River Country Cooperative, 1180 N. Concord in South St. Paul. The Woodbury resident said he bought a Minnesota Vikings scratch ticket because he saw a sign with the number of lottery winners at that store.
“I left the ticket in my pants pocket,” Garcia stated. “I didn’t scratch it until the next day when I got home. The ticket went on all the runs, and we were busy that day!”
Garcia said he revealed the numbers on the ticket one line at a time. When he got to the last set of numbers, he got excited and thought he won $100. “I moved my finger and saw the other zeros ($100,000) and then I really got excited!” he exclaimed.
Garcia claimed the prize on August 8.
Gold Rush, $150,000
August 12, 2016—Shannon Jay attends WE Fest every year, and this year’s event started out as usual for the Park Rapids man—until he bought two $150,000 Gold Rush tickets from Lottery staff selling tickets in the campgrounds.
As he scratched the first ticket, Jay said he saw that one of his numbers matched the number 35. “I looked at it again and said, ‘I have to get my glasses.’ I sat on the step [of the camper], looked at it again, and showed it to a friend. I said, ‘What does this say?’ She said, ‘$150,000—did you win $150,000?’”
Jay and his friend drove to Park Rapids, where he told his wife, “We both need to take Monday off. She asked me ‘why?’ and I showed her the ticket,” he explained. After the ticket was put in a safe spot, Jay drove back to the campground and WE Fest.
Jay and his wife claimed the $150,000 prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on August 8.
$13 Million Cash Explosion, $50,000
August 9, 2016—Winning $50,000 is a “good way to finish off a Friday,” said Donald Bolander. The Roseville resident won the prize by playing the Lottery’s $13 Million Cash Explosion scratch game.
Over the weekend, “I golfed, so I was everybody’s best friend at the golf course,” he said with a smile.
Bolander claimed the prize on Monday, Aug. 8.
SuperAmerica, located at 2380 County Road D W. in St. Paul, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
August 16, 2016—Mike Holland of North Branch won $50,000 on a Big Money scratch ticket he purchased at North Branch County Market, 5418 St. Croix Trail, in North Branch. Holland claimed the prize on Aug. 15.
Big Money, $50,000
August 9, 2016—Steven Rupp of Mankato won $50,000 playing the Big Money scratch game. Rupp purchased his winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 1901 Adams St. in Mankato. He claimed the prize on Aug. 8.
Quest For Cash, $100,000
August 8, 2016—Don Shin of Minnetonka won $100,000 playing the Quest For Cash game. Shin claimed the prize on Aug. 8, 2016. Holiday Stationstores Inc., 7700 - 34th Ave. S. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
Crossword Deluxe, $300,000
August 2, 2016—Constance Psihos of Minneapolis won $300,000 on a Crossword Deluxe ticket she purchased from Stop N Go, 641 N.E. Broadway St. in Minneapolis.
She claimed the prize on August 1.
Minnesota Vikings, $100,000
August 19, 2016—“It does happen,” is what Gary Brumm of Rochester remembers thinking when he uncovered a $100,000 win on a Minnesota Vikings scratch ticket.
Wanting to enjoy the win for a while, he put the ticket in a safe place and waited over a week to claim the prize this morning. “I would randomly take it out and look at it, I didn’t want to give it up,” he explained. “Appreciate each moment, each day, enjoy it,” he added.
Brumm purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 3490 – 55th St. N.W. in Rochester. “It was the right time, the right place and I was very lucky, very fortunate,” he said.
Gopher 5, $270,663
August 5, 2016—Chuck Priefer of Lake Elmo tucks his Gopher 5 tickets in his wallet after he buys them and checks them on the 1st and 15th of every month. When he checked his tickets on August 1 and found that all 5 numbers on a ticket he bought for the drawing on July 25 matched the numbers drawn that night, he thought, “What’s going on here?”
Priefer realized he won the jackpot, but “it dawned on me there could be 2, 3, 4 or 5 winners,” he said. He went to the Lottery’s website, saw there were two winning tickets and “when I saw it [one of the winning tickets] was purchased in Oakdale I thought, ‘It’s real.’”
Two tickets matched the Gopher 5 numbers drawn on July 25 to each win $270,663. Priefer purchased his winning ticket at Oakdale Holiday, 3344 Hadley Ave. S. in Oakdale. He claimed his prize on August 5. The second winning ticket was purchased at Lake Country Foods in Emily by Michael Ihle of Ramsey. He claimed his share of the jackpot on July 26.
July 25, 2016—When Newton Williams Jr. and his wife, Bettie, arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 22, the couple from Minneapolis thought they were going to be claiming a $600 Powerball prize.
Much to his surprise, Williams was thrilled to learn that the prize was actually $50,000! Four of the five numbers plus the Powerball from the set of numbers he selected for the drawing on July 20 matched the numbers drawn that night to win the $50,000 prize.
Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 8101 University Ave. N.E. in Spring Lake Park, sold the winning ticket.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $5 Bingo
August 17, 2016—A Fargo resident claimed a $195,775 Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo prize this morning at the Lottery’s Roseville office.
This is the second time Steven Jenson has made the trip to Roseville to claim a big prize. “It’s unbelievable to win twice,” he said. Then smiled and added, “But this time the prize is a lot more.”
In April 2015, he claimed a $56,914 Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo prize. “I’d like to come back every year!” he said.
Jenson purchased both big winning tickets at Oasis C Store, located at 209 Wall St. Ave. N.W. in Moorhead. The store earned a $1,000 winning ticket bonus for both of Jenson’s big wins.
Progressive Print-N-Play games can be played as a $1, $3 or $5 ticket. The percentage of the jackpot won is determined by the ticket price. A $1 ticket pays 20 percent of the jackpot; a $3 ticket pays 60 percent of the jackpot; and a $5 ticket pays 100 percent of the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $5,000 and grows higher with each Progressive Print-N-Play ticket sold. The jackpot amount at the time the ticket is purchased is printed on each ticket. Both of Jenson’s big wins were on $5 tickets.
Big Money, $50,000
August 16, 2016—Robert Day of Edina won $50,000 playing the Big Money scratch game. Day purchased his winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc., located 50 W. 98th St. in Bloomington. He claimed the prize on Aug. 12.
Powerball, $1 million
August 12, 2016—An Oakdale resident is the Lottery’s newest $1 million winner. Calvin Vang won $1 million by playing Powerball. The second line on his three-line quick-pick ticket matched the first five numbers drawn on Aug. 10.
Mills Gas Mart, located at 5501 Hadley Ave. N. in Oakdale, sold the winning ticket.
Vang claimed the prize on Aug. 12.
Northstar Cash, $78,884
August 12, 2016— Diane Anderson of Moorhead won $78,884 playing Northstar Cash. Anderson claimed the prize on Aug. 10, 2016. Albert E. Johnson VFW Post 1223, 1505 Center Ave. W. in Dilworth, sold the winning ticket.