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Did I Win?, $100,000
November 20, 2017—An act of generosity paid off for two co-workers who ended up having “the best Monday ever!”
Krista McQuaid of Prescott, Wis. and Tricia Nihart of St. Paul submitted a winning bid for a basket that included lottery tickets at a silent auction fundraiser. They won $8 on the scratch tickets and Nihart used their winnings to purchase additional scratch tickets. Over her lunch break, McQuaid scratched one of the newly purchased tickets and uncovered a $100,000 win.
“I ran to her desk, she wasn’t there because she was at lunch too, so I left a note to ‘see me A.S.A.P.’ I was shaking, I didn’t believe it,” said McQuaid.
“When I saw the note, I had a feeling we won, but I didn’t know how much,” said Nihart. “Our co-workers heard us screaming and all came running to find out why. We filled out our time off slips and left!”
Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 280 McKnight Road S. in Maplewood sold the $100,000 winning Did I Win? scratch ticket.
November 13, 2017—Orton’s Holiday in Moorhead is a lucky lottery retailer once again. This time around, the big winner was on a Frogger scratch ticket worth $75,000.
The store has sold a number of large winning tickets over the past five years alone, including a $1.4 million Gopher 5® ticket, a $50,000 winning scratch ticket, two $30,000 winning scratch tickets and two $21,000 winning scratch tickets.
Lori Jensen of West Fargo, N.D. and her boyfriend each purchased two Frogger scratch tickets at Orton’s on Nov. 13. “Frogger is my favorite,” said Jensen. “My boyfriend scratched his tickets right away and didn’t win. I forgot about mine and scratched them later. After I played and thought I won, I drove back to Moorhead to double check.”
Jensen then drove to the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville, picking up her daughter Haley in the Twin Cities along the way, to claim the prize. “I think a nice dinner is in order for us tonight,” she said.
Orton’s Holiday, located at 725 – 30th Ave. S. in Moorhead, will receive a $500 bonus for selling the top prize-winning Frogger ticket.
Ruby Red 7s, $100,000
October 23, 2017—“The gas station attendant told me that he sold a $500 winning ticket last week. I said, ‘That’s cool, I want to get one of the big ones’—and I got one of the big ones!” said Tyler Chamberlain of Anoka. Chamberlain won $100,000 by playing the Ruby Red 7s scratch game.
Rockford Road BP, located at 4090 Annapolis Lane in Plymouth, sold the winning ticket.
Powerball, $1 million
November 22, 2017— Jean Davis of Waverly won a $1 million Powerball prize in the Aug. 23, 2017 drawing. Her quick-pick ticket matched the first five winning numbers drawn to win the prize. Davis purchased the winning ticket at Pit Stop, located at 620 Dutch Lake Drive, in Howard Lake.
November 13, 2017—Donald Josephson of Maplewood won a $75,000 top prize playing the Frogger scratch game. He purchased his winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 2391 Highway 7, in Excelsior.
$100,000 Crossword Doubler, $100,000
November 2, 2017—A resident of Sartell won $100,000 by playing the $100,000 Crossword Doubler scratch game. Eva Kreiling claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Nov. 2.
Pine Square, located at 3325 Oak St. in Brainerd, sold the winning ticket.
Cash Vault Crossword, $300,000
November 20, 2017—Michael Hout of Cambridge, who co-owns Nordeast Coffee Company in Minneapolis, brewed up a $300,000 win by playing the Lottery’s Cash Vault Crossword scratch game.
Hout was on his way home from work on Nov. 20 when he made a pit stop at Cambridge BP. “I was hoping I was lucky,” Hout recalled as he purchased the $20 ticket. “I figure I would change my Monday around.”
That is exactly what happened when Hout scratched off his ticket and won the game’s $300,000 top prize. He made an impromptu trip to Lottery headquarters in Roseville where he cashed in the winning ticket.
Hout says he and his family plan to “take it slow” on deciding what to do with the money. Adding, “We’re going to sit down and figure out what our priorities are and go from there.”
Cambridge BP is located at 4000 Main St. S. in Cambridge.
Northstar Cash, $58,335
November 17, 2017—A “lucky fish” nets a Burnsville resident a $58,335 Northstar Cash jackpot. Michelle Burke received her father’s fish coin purse containing $3 of his Bingo winnings as a gift, which she used to buy three Northstar Cash tickets for the Nov. 14 drawing.
“He was so proud to give it to me,” she said. “We play Bingo together every Saturday and I grew up on a lake so the fish means a lot to him.”
After claiming the prize on Nov. 17, Burke said she can’t wait to tell her father about her big win! “I’m going to walk in with the big check and he’s going to be so excited!”
Burke purchased her winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 1884 E. 134th St. County Road 11, in Burnsville.
Gopher 5, $120,000
October 30, 2017—Eight co-workers from Abbott Laboratories, a medical device company in Little Canada, won a $120,000 Gopher 5® jackpot.
The members of the “Lucky 8” have been pooling their money together for only two months before luck struck. Aroumy Souriyathay of Cottage Grove organized the group and said she wanted to play Gopher 5 because of the game odds. “It seems more winnable than Powerball® or Mega Millions®,” she said. Turns out, she was right. One of the group’s quick-pick tickets for the Oct. 16 drawing matched all five numbers to win the $120,000 jackpot.
Souriyathay discovered their win the following weekend and tried sharing the news with the rest of the group, but had little luck. She finally got a hold of Sally Husnik of Vadnais Heights, whose first reaction was, “That’s great—let’s buy more tickets!” Husnik said, “I didn’t actually comprehend how much money that really was,” as they claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters on Oct. 30.
Each group member received a check for approximately $15,000 before tax withholdings.
Quy Nguyen of Maple Grove was the last to find out because he was traveling out of the country. When he arrived back to the States, he said he was worried when he saw that he had so many voice messages and text messages on his phone. “I thought something must be wrong,” he said. “Then I realized it was happy news! It was a great surprise!”
The other members of the Lucky 8 are Teresa Tollefson of Hugo, Thang Phan of Little Canada, Mai Lor of North St. Paul and Amanda Vaun and Charlotta Sherrier of St. Paul. Each winner received a check for approximately $15,000 before tax withholdings.
SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., in Newport sold the winning ticket.
Powerball, $1 million
November 22, 2017— A Maplewood resident claimed a $1 million Powerball prize. A quick-pick ticket that Sobhi Elgharabawi purchased for the drawing on Nov. 18 matched the first five numbers drawn to win the prize.
Elgharabawi purchased the winning ticket at Robbinsdale Food Market, located at 4001 West Broadway in Robbinsdale. He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s office in Roseville on Nov. 21.
Northstar Cash, $128,696
November 13, 2017—Marie Marczak and Merland Hancock of Lynd won a $128,696 Northstar Cash jackpot from the Oct. 26 drawing.
The duo claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters on Nov. 13.
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 1001 E. College Drive, in Marshall.
Gopher 5, $120,000
October 27, 2017—La Rhonda Jacobson of Milwaukee, Wis. won a Gopher 5 jackpot worth $120,000. The quick-pick ticket that she purchased for the Oct. 23 drawing matched all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot.
Kwik Trip, located at 268 W. Sarnia St. in Winona, sold the winning ticket.