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Powerball with Power Play, $100,000
July 21, 2016—Toni Samskar was telling her parents just last week how lucky her fiancé, John Reimer of Virginia, is. “I said, ‘I’m waiting for him to win the Powerball,’” she recalled. Her prediction came true on July 16.
Reimer stopped at Super One Foods in Pike Lake after work on July 14 to pick up some food for supper. He also purchased tickets for the July 16 Powerball drawing. He added the Power Play multiplier option for an extra $1 per play, which he says is routine for him.
On Monday morning (July 18), Reimer made his usual stop for a newspaper on his way to work. While he was at the store, he decided to check his tickets. “I checked the first ticket and got nothing,” he recalled. “The second ticket said, ‘Contact Lottery office.’ I never got that message before. I called Toni and said, ‘What do you think this means? I’m kind of excited!’”
Reimer followed up on that call by going to the Lottery’s office in Virginia, where he learned that his ticket won $100,000. “The goosebumps on my arms went ‘boom!’ I called Toni and said, ‘I can’t quite retire yet, but it’s a nice prize!’”
The numbers on Reimer’s ticket matched 4 of the first 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000. Because he purchased Power Play, his prize was multiplied by the Power Play multiplier of 2 that was drawn on July 16. The winning Powerball numbers for July 16 are 11-17-40-50-62 and the Powerball is 26.
Super One Foods is located at 5698 Miller Trunk Highway in Pike Lake. Reimer claimed the prize on July 19.
July 12, 2016—A Zumbro Falls resident discovered that he had been carrying around the equivalent of $50,000 in his wallet since March.
Jonathan Weissinger said he buys Powerball tickets a couple of times a month, but he doesn’t check them often. On July 11, he finally got around to checking his tickets. When Weissinger scanned the ticket that he had purchased for the March 30 drawing, he got a message to contact the Lottery. Weissinger scanned the ticket four more times and kept getting the same message so he checked the Lottery’s website to find out what he won. Not surprisingly, he rearranged his schedule to make time to claim the prize right away.
The first line on Weissinger’s two-line quick-pick ticket matched four of the first five winning numbers, plus the Powerball drawn on March 30 to win the $50,000 prize.
One Stop Food & Fuel, located at 115 Pioneer Road in Red Wing, sold the winning ticket.
July 6, 2016—Luke and Emily Lange have often said that they don’t need to win the Powerball jackpot—they would be happy winning enough to be mortgage free.
The Eagan couple’s dream came true on July 2, when the first five numbers on the second line of their Powerball ticket matched the numbers drawn that night to win the $1 million prize.
“The kids went to grandma’s on Friday night (July 1), so we wanted to go to dinner. [The restaurant] only takes cash and all we had was a $100 bill,” Emily explained. The couple stopped at SuperAmerica, 4200 E. Highway 13 in Burnsville, where “We bought gas, two Mega Millions tickets and two Powerball tickets to break the bill,” she said.
As the couple was watching the news on Sunday morning, the winning numbers scrolled across the screen. Emily grabbed the ticket and said to Luke, “We got all of them except the Powerball. We won a couple of hundred bucks!” Luke thought the prize was at least $200,000, so he looked it up online. After he discovered the prize was $1 million, Luke texted family members and asked them to check it. “Our $4 investment turned into $1 million!” he exclaimed.
When Luke and Emily Lange arrived at Lottery headquarters on July 5 to claim the prize, they were still in disbelief. “The last couple of days I’ve been saying, ‘Pinch me! Is it real?’” Luke stated. Emily said, “All of the stars aligned. It’s still a dream.”
Northstar Cash, $27,000
July 27, 2016—Bradford Sailors of Bloomington won the $27,000 Northstar Cash jackpot on July 25. The winning ticket was purchased at Cub Foods, located at 10520 S. France Ave. in Bloomington. He claimed the prize on July 26.
Gopher 5, $270,663
July 26, 2016—A Gopher 5 ticket Michael Ihle of Ramsey purchased at Lake Country Foods, 40327 Highway 6 N. in Emily, was one of two tickets that split the $541,326 jackpot on July 25. Each ticket won $270,663.
The holder of the second ticket, which was sold at Oakdale Holiday, 3344 Hadley Ave. S. in Oakdale, has not yet come forward to claim the prize. The winning Gopher 5 numbers for July 25 are 6-7-12-22-42.
July 18, 2016—Betty Korthof of Buffalo won $50,000 on a Powerball® ticket she purchased for the July 13 drawing.
Coborn’s, located at 205 – 1st St. S. in Buffalo, sold the winning ticket. Korthof claimed the prize on July 18.
July 15, 2016—Martin Durdahl of Burnsville won $50,000 on a Powerball ticket he purchased for the drawing on July 13.
Durdahl purchased the winning ticket at Cub Foods, located at 1750 County Road 42 W. in Burnsville. He claimed the prize on July 14.
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.
$13 Million Cash Explosion II, $50,000
July 13, 2016—Ray Adams of Minneapolis and his twin brother Rayjoun do just about everything together. So it was no surprise that when Ray Adams won $50,000, Rayjoun was right by his side when he arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 12 to claim the prize.
“I was like ‘whoa,’” recalled Adams as he uncovered the $50,000 prize. “My brother started crying when I told him—it was crazy!”
Adams purchased the winning ticket at Fridley BP Inc., located at 6485 E. River Road in Fridley.
Big Money, $50,000
July 11, 2016—Steven Gustin of Forest Lake said he's wearing a "permagrin" after claiming a $50,000 prize from the Big Money game on July 8.
Gustin purchased the winning ticket at Forest Lake Moto Mart, 1898 S. Lake St. in Forest Lake.
Big Money, $50,000
July 27, 2016—Holiday Stationstores Inc., 50 W. 98th St. in Bloomington, sold a Big Money scratch ticket worth $50,000.
John Raimo of Solon Springs, Wis. claimed the prize on July 27.
Northstar Cash, $25,000
July 27, 2016—Marian Felland of Minneapolis is the latest player to win a Northstar Cash jackpot! She won the $25,000 jackpot on July 26.
The winning ticket was purchased at Pump and Munch, 4401 Nicollet Ave. N. in Minneapolis. She claimed the prize on July 27.
Northstar Cash, $28,000
July 26, 2016—Vincent Tetteh of New Hope won the $28,000 Northstar Cash jackpot on July 22.
The winning ticket was purchased at Eat & Shop, located at 811 LaSalle Ave. in Minneapolis. He claimed the prize on July 25.
Northstar Cash, $60,083
July 21, 2016—Alexander Mac Murdo of Minneapolis won the $60,083 Northstar Cash jackpot on July 18.
Mac Murdo purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores Inc., 5444 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis. He claimed the prize on July 19.