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Gopher 5, $166,316
April 18, 2018—A Gopher 5 ticket purchased “on a whim” turned in to a $166,316 win for Jeraeme Brown of Minneapolis. A Gopher 5 ticket that he purchased for the April 9 drawing matched all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot.
“I don’t play very often. Honestly, I just bought it on a whim,” said Brown as he claimed the prize. “I will be playing more often from now on,” he added with a laugh.
LBP, located at 5400 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $122,957
March 29, 2018 — When Pam Fillbrandt of Felton stopped at Oasis C-Store Inc. in Moorhead on March 22 to purchase some Progressive Print-N-Play tickets, she noticed the jackpot had dropped from nearly $123,000 to $5,000.
“I was like, someone just won the jackpot, but I knew it wasn’t me!” Not thinking much of it, Fillbrandt tucked her tickets away and didn’t play them until the following day when she saw on Facebook that Oasis in Moorhead sold a Progressive Print-N-Play jackpot-winning ticket worth $122,957.
“Sure enough, it was me!” Fillbrandt said. She called her husband screaming, saying, “I won! I won!”
$100,000 Ultimate Getaway, $100,000
March 21, 2018 — A grocery run on March 16 resulted in a $100,000 lottery win for Michael Menalis of Burnsville.
Menalis was picking up ice at Cub Foods, located at 300 E. Travelers Trail in Burnsville, when the $100,000 Ultimate Getaway scratch game caught his eye. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, Menalis said he wanted to give the green ticket a try. After uncovering a $100,000 win, he was certainly glad he did. “Lucky, I take heart medication,” he said with a laugh. “Somehow it worked out for me,” he added as he claimed the prize on March 19.
Wheel of Fortune, $100,000
April 23, 2018—A $100,000 Wheel of Fortune prize was claimed by LeRoy Bakken of Mound and Nathan Shanklin of Waconia.
Holiday/Maple Grove LLC, located at 16350 – 96th Ave. N. in Maple Grove, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $90,440
April 20 – Lee Schoenecker of Stillwater won $90,440 by playing Northstar Cash on April 19. Schoenecker picked the winning numbers of 3-8-15-26-28 to win the jackpot. Cub Foods, located at 1801 Market Drive in Stillwater, sold the winning ticket.
Cash Vault Crossword, $300,000
April 16, 2018 — Monique White of Brooklyn Park won $300,000 by playing the Cash Vault Crossword scratch game. White purchased her winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 1605 Annapolis Lane, in Plymouth.
Raffle, Jeep Wrangler
April 17, 2018 — Mary Holtz of White Bear Lake recently drove off in a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that she won in the Jan. 1, 2018 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.
Mary said she discovered her win on Jan. 1, but wanted to wait until the snow was gone before she picked up her new set of wheels. However, with the never-ending snow, she said couldn’t wait any longer. “I figured maybe it will stop when I get my new Jeep!”
Holtz is hoping to get out and explore this summer, saying, “I would love to go on a really nice road trip.”
Holtz’s Raffle ticket was purchased at Freedom Valu Center, located at 4852 Highway 61 N. in White Bear Lake.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is valued at approximately $60,000 and includes state and federal tax withholding paid, along with sales tax and license fees.
Wheel of Fortune, $100,000
March 20, 2018 — When Cindy Reese of Woodstock drives to Pipestone, she usually stops to buy a couple of lottery tickets. However, a routine trip on March 13 took an unexpected turn when her Wheel of Fortune ticket won the game’s $100,000 top prize.
“I thought this couldn’t be right,” recalled Reese. “I went back in the store, had it scanned and they told me to call the lottery office. That’s when I knew I wasn’t seeing things,” she added.
Reese arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on March 19 to claim her prize.
Casey’s General Store, located at 711 - 8th Ave. S.E., in Pipestone will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Lotto America, $22,820,000
March 19, 2018 — A brother and sister from Badger, Minn. have a long-standing agreement that if “one wins, we both win”—and a Lotto America jackpot worth $22.8 million was no exception.
Debbie Kujava purchased the $22.8 million winning ticket for the March 14 drawing at Holiday Stationstores, located at 503-3rd St. N.E., in Roseau on her way home from work on March 12.
The morning after the drawing, Debbie checked her ticket and noticed the numbers were a perfect match. She initially thought their ticket was worth $2 million so she went over to her brother Dennis’s house and said, “We’re millionaires!”
Dennis was a little sceptical of the news at first. “Well she does play tricks on me,” he said. “But I normally wouldn’t be at his house at 8 a.m.” replied Debbie. It wasn’t until Denise, Dennis’s daughter, looked online that they discovered their ticket was actually worth $22.8 million.
The brother-sister duo and Dennis’s two adult daughters, Denise Kujava and Deanna Kujava, are all sharing a portion of the $13.5 million cash option ($9.4 million after required tax withholdings).
While the family has had fun dreaming about the possibilities about what their new-found wealth could bring, they remain undecided on their plans-—except for one thing: Debbie was excited to retire from her job as an LPN!
The winning Lotto America numbers drawn on March 14, 2018 were 8-21-38-50-51 and the Star Ball was 4.
The Big $5 Ticket, $100,000
April 10, 2018 — The Big $5 Ticket resulted in a big win for Gregory Winkels of Rochester when he took home the game’s $100,00 top prize. Winkels’ purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, located at 1600 Eastwood Road, in Rochester.
Minnesota Treasures, $200,000
April 13, 2018—A resident of Mankato won $200,000 by playing the Minnesota Treasures scratch game. Richard Sleeter claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on April 13.
Hy-Vee C-Store, located at 220 Poplar St. in Mankato, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $62,856
April 9, 2018 — Diane Anderson of Dilworth won $62,856 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game.
Anderson’s quick-pick ticket was one of two tickets sold for the April 6 drawing that matched all five winning numbers to win half of the $125,712. Hornbacher Foods, located at 101 – 11th St. S. in Moorhead sold the winning ticket.