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Quest for Cash, $100,000
March 7 2017—When Christopher Leslie arrived at Lottery headquarters to claim a $100,000 Quest for Cash prize, he said, “This couldn’t have come at a better time!”
The Spring Lake Park resident plans to pay off some bills and buy a new vehicle. “It’s going to help out a lot,” he added.
Leslie purchased his winning ticket at Cub Foods (Blaine South), located at 585 Northtown Drive, in Blaine.
Big Money, $50,000
February 24, 2017—“You dream about it happening, but you don’t expect it,” said $50,000 lottery winner Michael Gadbaw of Waseca. When he uncovered a $50,000 win on a Big Money scratch ticket, “I had to sit down. I was pretty speechless and in shock for about 20 minutes.”
Gadbaw has not decided what to do with his prize other than, “To be smart with it.”
Casey’s General Store, located at 1109 N. State St. in Waseca, sold the winning ticket.
Gadbaw claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Feb. 23.
Northstar Cash, $45,516
February 23, 2017—Patrick Ritchie of Lakeville is now celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary in-style with help from a $45,516 Northstar Cash jackpot win.
Ritchie said he and his wife are planning on using part of their winnings for an Alaskan cruise to celebrate their milestone this summer. “This is going to help out a lot,” Ritchie said on Feb. 21 as he claimed the prize. “It’s a good 30th anniversary present!”
Ritchie purchased the winning ticket for the Feb. 12, 2017 drawing at Kwik Trip, located at 17388 Glacier Way, in Lakeville.
The first line on Mitchell’s two-line quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers drawn on Feb. 1 to win the $70,127 jackpot.
As the message instructed, Mitchell took his ticket to the Lottery’s office in Roseville to claim his prize.
He said he would celebrate by going out to dinner tonight. “It was already planned, but the food will taste even better now!”
Charlie Brown Shell is located at 335 Lowell Ave. in Elk River.
Gopher 5, $206,290
March 13, 2017—Gene Blackledge of Minneapolis won a $206,290 Gopher 5® jackpot on March 10, 2017. He purchased his winning ticket at Hark's Nicollet, located at 2401 Nicollet Ave. S., in Minneapolis.
Pac-Man Money Hunt, $75,000
March 2, 2017—Elizabeth Sieben of Blaine won $75,000 by playing the Pac-Man Money Hunt scratch game. She claimed the prize on March 2.
Sunshine Oil Co., located at 9850 Polk St. N.E. in Blaine, sold the winning ticket.
February 24, 2017—Just one number away from winning millions of dollars in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, Fridley resident Tracy Thompson was still happy to win $50,000.
The second line of her two-line quick-pick ticket matched four “white ball” numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000 on Feb. 22. Thompson claimed the prize on Feb. 24.
Hemlock BP, located at 11960 – 73rd Ave. N. in Maple Grove, sold the winning ticket.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $31,808
March 14, 2017—A Rothsay woman certainly didn’t make the same mistake twice!
A couple of months ago, Amanda Kadel mistakenly thought she won $21,000 on a crossword scratch ticket. She drove all the way to the Detroit Lakes lottery office where she learned her ticket wasn’t a winner. “I can laugh about it now, but at the time it was a real bummer,” she said.
This time around, it was the real deal. Kadel won a Progressive Print-Play jackpot worth $31,808 playing a $5 crossword ticket that she purchased on March 7 at Rothsay Truck Stop & Cafe, Inc.
An excited Kadel arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on March 10 to claim her prize. Kadel says she plans to, “save some money, buy a new car, pay bills and just catch up on stuff!”
Big Money, $50,000
March 7, 2017— Kristina Petersen of Ceylon got more than she could believe when she played the Big Money scratch ticket from the Minnesota Lottery.
After finishing her shift at the Hy-Vee C-Store at 917 South State Street, Petersen decided to purchase a ticket before heading home. “Holy cow,” Petersen exclaimed after she revealed she had won $50,000. She immediately called her daughter with the exciting news. “This is just the best day ever!”
Big Money, $50,000
March 3, 2017—An Anoka resident one-ups friend and wins $50,000!
It all started with a phone call that ultimately led Jonathan Stevens to win a $50,000 Big Money prize.
On Feb. 28, Stevens received a call from a friend who said he just won $250 on a Big Money scratch ticket. Stevens decided to try his luck on the same game and headed to Anoka Shell, located at 2370 – 7th Ave. in Anoka, to purchase a ticket.
Stevens discovered a $500 win right away and started driving back to the store to collect his prize. Before Stevens got there, he finished scratching the rest of the ticket and realized he won $50,000!
“I called my friend back and said your $250 is nothing!” said Stevens.
He claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters later that day.
Northstar Cash, $41,304
March 21, 2017—Peggy Mortensen of Pengilly won a Northstar Cash jackpot worth $41,304. She claimed the prize on March 21.
The Y Store, located at 6368 Highway 169 in Tower, sold the winning ticket.
Multiplier Mania, $200,000
March 10, 2017—Kelly Worley of Plymouth is the first player to win $200,000 playing the Multiplier Mania scratch game. Worley purchased his winning ticket at S & S BP Inc., 4553 Nicollet Ave. S., in Minneapolis.
Big Money, $50,000
March 13, 2017—Paul Reinen of Burnsville won $50,000 by playing Big Money. He claimed the prize on March 13.
Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 420 - 66th Ave. N. in Brooklyn Center, sold the winning ticket.