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All or Nothing, $100,000 (2)
November 17, 2016—A phone call changed the lives of a father and son from Halstad, Minn. Pedro Ruiz Jr. was on his way to dinner on Dec. 2, when he got a phone call from his father, Pedro Ruiz Sr., asking him to purchase All or Nothing™ tickets for the weekend drawings. Ruiz Jr. purchased his father’s tickets and later decided to purchase his own ticket for the Dec. 2 evening drawing. He played the opposite numbers that were on his father’s ticket.
There are 24 possible All or Nothing numbers. To win the $100,000 top prize, a ticket must either match all of the 12 winning numbers or none of the winning numbers.
A few hours after the drawing, the family realized that Ruiz Sr. was a $100,000 winner because his quick-pick ticket did not match any of the winning numbers. Later that night, Ruiz Jr. found out that his ticket had matched all of the winning numbers, which is also worth $100,000.
“It’s a miracle, a true gift from God,” said Ruiz Sr. when they arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 6.
Ruiz Jr. said that he prayed to his mother, who passed away a few years ago, for the money to visit her burial site in Texas. “The first thing we are going to do is visit her and erect a nice memorial stone to her,” he said. “This is a wonderful gift that will allow us to re-invest in the family.” Ruiz Jr. is the oldest of eight siblings.
This is the first time that tickets matching all of the winning numbers and none of the winning numbers were sold for the same drawing.
The winning tickets were purchased at the following locations:
- Star Mart located at 785 S. Highway 59 in Mahnomen (Ruiz Jr.’s ticket, which matched all of the winning numbers)
- Farmers Union Oil Company located at 201 – 4th Ave. E. in Gary (Ruiz Sr.’s ticket, which did not match any of the winning numbers)
Northstar Cash, $58,856
December 7, 2016—Steven Schlueter of Gibbon says things are finally looking up after winning $58,856 playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game.
Schlueter’s single-line quick-pick ticket for the Nov. 27 drawing was one of two tickets that matched all five winning numbers to split the $117,712 jackpot.
While he says it isn’t enough money for him to retire early, but he is looking forward to buying a new truck.
Schlueter purchased his winning ticket at United Farmers Co-op, located at 1253 First Ave. in Gibbon.
The other half of the jackpot ticket was claimed by Jayantha Atukorala of Eagan.
Big Money, $50,000
November 22, 2016—Maria Ochoa of Eagan is feeling thankful after winning $50,000 playing the Lottery’s Big Money scratch game.
Ochoa says she’s now looking forward to traveling to Mexico to visit family with part of her winning— a trip that she hasn’t been able to take in 10 years.
Ochoa purchased her winning ticket at Mike’s Gas For Less, LLC, located at 2625 Old Shakopee Road W. in Bloomington.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $355,866
November 22, 2016—Gregg Bestgen of Sauk Rapids won a $355,866 Progressive-Print-N-Play jackpot playing a $5 Slots ticket. This is the second highest Progressive-Print-N-Play jackpot ever won!
Bestgen purchased his winning ticket at Holiday #4066, located at 3 N. Benton Drive, in Sauk Rapids.
Gopher 5, $140,000
November 15, 2016—Gordon Beck of Shevlin won $140,000 by playing Gopher 5. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers drawn on Nov. 9 to win the jackpot.
Murphy USA, located at 2211 Paul Bunyan Dr. N.W. in Bemidji, sold the winning ticket.
November 15, 2016—Erica Olson of Shakopee won $50,000 by playing Powerball. The fourth line on her five-line quick-pick ticket matched four of the first five numbers drawn, plus the Powerball on Nov. 5 to win.
Holiday Stationstores, located at 8002 Old Carriage Court N. in Shakopee, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
December 7, 2016—After winning $50,000 playing the Lottery’s Big Money scratch game, Brian Dahlke of Sauk Rapids, said he’s going to make sure his children and grandchild have a very good Christmas.
Dahlke purchased his winning ticket on Dec. 3 at Holiday, located at 1423 Second St. N. in Sauk Rapids. When he started playing the game, he immediately scratched off a $5,000 prize. “I thought to myself, ‘This one is going to be a big one.’” Sure enough, it was. He scratched off 14 more winning spaces to win $50,000.
Dahlke claimed his prize on Dec. 5.
Northstar Cash, $118,356
November 7, 2016—Faith DeVito of Minneapolis continued her husband’s tradition of playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash jackpot game after his death earlier this year. DeVito uses his same play slip, which includes four lines of numbers that he picked himself, along with one quick-pick line.
“He really liked the Minnesota-based games,” she said. “He had been playing since the Lottery started.” It became a tradition that Faith’s daughter’s felt was important to continue even after his death.
“It’s a family thing now,” DeVito said. Her daughter buys tickets for her each week, playing exactly how he did.
On Oct. 31, it paid off in an unexpected way when DeVito’s quick-pick line matched the winning numbers of 9-12-16-22-31 to win $118,356.
What followed next for DeVito was shock and disbelief. “I started to cry,” she recalled. Clarifying, “It was happy tears of course!”
She arrived at Lottery headquarters on Nov. 4 to claim her prize. It was a day filled with mixed emotions for DeVito who said, “This was always his dream—we’re being looked down on.”
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 1847 Johnson St. N.E. in Minneapolis.
Northstar Cash, $61,718
November 16, 2016—David Kragness of Warroad unknowingly kept a winning Lottery ticket in his car for almost three months before discovering it was worth $61,718.
Kragness purchased Northstar Cash tickets for the Aug. 26 drawing while he and his wife were making a trip to the Twin Cities to visit family. Kragness forgot about the tickets until he inadvertently found them on Nov. 4 when searching his car for something else.
“I didn’t think much of it,” he recalled. It wasn’t until Nov. 7, that Kragness finally got around to checking the tickets and he was in for quite a surprise.
One of the quick-pick tickets from the Aug. 26 drawing matched all five winning number drawn to win a $61,718 jackpot.
“I told my wife, ‘Don’t say a word to anyone.’ I was worried I made a mistake!”
On Nov. 14, Kragness confirmed that no mistake was made when he arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville to claim his prize.
Holiday Stationstores, located at 1301 First Ave N.E. in Little Falls, sold the winning ticket.
Lucky for Life, $25,000 a year for life
December 7, 2017—Virgil Thofson of Hartland won $25,000 a year for life by playing Lucky for Life. The first line on his ticket matched the first five winning numbers drawn on March 14, 2016 to win the prize. Thofson claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 6.
Nielsen’s Conoco, located at Highway 13 & Johnson in Hartland, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
December 2, 2016—A resident of Cook won $50,000 by playing the Lottery’s Big Money scratch game. Adam Danielson claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Dec. 1.
Hibbing Short Stop II, located at 1121 E. Howard St. in Hibbing, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $58,856
November 30, 2016—Jayantha Atukorala of Eagan won $58,856 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash game. His quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers drawn on Nov. 27 to win the $58,856 jackpot. Atukorala claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Nov. 29.
Cub Foods, located at 1940 Cliff Lake Road in Eagan, sold the winning ticket.