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February 1, 2016—Jose Acuna-Fernandez of Maple Grove was one of 12 lucky players in Minnesota to win $50,000 from the Powerball drawing on Jan. 13.
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, 6545 W. River Road in Brooklyn Center.
Big Money, $50,000
January 28, 2016—Sandra Telschow of Owatonna heard from a sales clerk at Kwik Trip, 135 Landmark Drive N.E., in Owatonna that the Big Money scratch tickets were “flying off the shelves” so she decided to get in on the action.
Telschow revealed a $5,000 prize on the first play area that she scratched. “I thought it was going to stop there,” she recalled. “I would have been happy with that.” However, as she continued to scratch the ticket, the prize amount kept increasing—all the way to $50,000.
“There was a lot of shouting and crying going on,” she said. “I was in so much shock, I thought I would have to go to the hospital!”
A week later, on Jan. 27, Telschow arrived with her husband and daughter at Lottery headquarters to claim the prize. “I’m much more relaxed now,” she said. “It’s a huge blessing for us!”
Black Diamond 7s, $77,777
January 25, 2016—The low fuel indicator in Sam Bauer’s car came on as he was driving on Friday, Jan. 22, so the Farmington resident stopped at Super Gas USA at 1500 Southcross Drive W. in Burnsville to gas up. He also bought a $5 Black Diamond 7s scratch ticket. “I usually buy the $5 tickets, but no particular game,” Bauer said. “I like the tickets with diamonds and 7s because they’re more like a casino game.”
Bauer started scratching the ticket in his car. After revealing a “7” he knew he won something, but he didn’t scratch the prize until he got home. “I don’t usually scratch the prize right away,” he recalled. “I let it build up.” Bauer said he “was in disbelief” when he uncovered a $77,777 prize.
He drove to the Lottery’s office in Roseville that same afternoon to claim the prize.
Big Money, $50,000
February 1, 2016—Ali Ahmad of St. Paul and Bhuwani Sapkoga of Little Canada shared a $50,000 prize that they won by playing the Big Money scratch game.
They claimed the prize on Jan. 29. The winning ticket was purchased at Dragon Star Oriental Foods, located at 633 Minnehaha Ave. W. in St. Paul.
January 22, 2016—Caren Nyantika of Coon Rapids won a $50,000 Powerball prize from the drawing on Jan. 16, 2016.
The winning ticket was purchased at Fast Trip Markets, 12095 Hanson Blvd. N.W. in Coon Rapids.
January 15, 2016—Brian Linehan of Stillwater won $50,000 on a Powerball ticket he purchased at Holiday Stationstores Inc., 2500 Orleans St. in Stillwater, for the drawing on Jan. 13, 2016. He claimed the prize on Jan. 14.
January 14, 2016—John Tabatt of Randall won $50,000 on a Powerball ticket he purchased at Petro Plus, 115 Superior Ave. in Randall, for the drawing on Jan. 9, 2016. He claimed the prize on Jan. 11.
Quest for Cash, $200,000
February 1, 2016— A resident of Anoka won $200,000 by playing the Lottery’s Quest for Cash scratch game. Agnes Kinneman claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 29.
Cub Foods, located at 19216 Freeport Ave. in Elk River, sold the winning ticket.
January 27, 2016—“It’s Wednesday—you should pick up a Powerball ticket” Tina Swenson’s husband, Brad, reminded her on Jan. 20. The Bagley resident bought a ticket for that night’s drawing while she was shopping at Kubiak’s Family Foods in Bagley. Swenson put the ticket in her coat pocket and forgot about it until Friday night (Jan. 22), when Brad asked if she checked the ticket.
When they got home from dinner that night, Tina Swenson decided it was a good time to check the ticket. “I sat in the chair and checked on my tablet,” she explained. After she discovered four of the first five numbers and the Powerball matched the numbers drawn on Jan. 20, she thought, “Oh my gosh!” She rechecked it and said, “I checked it a third time before I showed it to him [her husband]!” When Tina shared her discovery with Brad, he said, “It’s got to be thousands!” The couple went to a lottery retailer and learned the ticket was worth $50,000.
As they claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 26, Tina Swenson talked about her winning experience and said, “I’ll do it again—it was fun!”
Kubiak’s Family Foods is located at 46 Spencer Ave. S.W. in Bagley.
January 22, 2016—Ron Sundborg of Mankato says he likes to play the Lottery’s scratch games and doesn’t often buy tickets for the lotto games. But the $900 million Powerball® jackpot on Jan. 9 caught his attention, so he bought five sets of numbers for that drawing at Kwik Trip, 1549 E. Madison Ave. in Mankato.
Sundborg checked his tickets the morning after the drawing and discovered that he matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win $50,000. “My first thought was, ‘That can’t be right. What did I do wrong?’ Then it was a matter of rechecking it several times!” Sundborg claimed the prize on Jan. 21.
Big Money, $50,000
February 1, 2016—A resident of Richfield won $50,000 by playing the Lottery’s Big Money scratch game. James Johnson claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 29.
Canterbury Park, located at 110 Canterbury Road, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
February 1, 2016—Wally Banks of Lake City, won $50,000 playing the Big Money game.
Banks purchased the winning ticket at VFW Post # 8729, 115 N. Franklin in Lake City. He claimed the prize on Jan. 28.
Northstar Cash, $45,860
January 28, 2016—Brejzuna Medlock of Brooklyn Park, won the $45,860 Northstar Cash jackpot on Jan. 25, 2016. Medlock purchased the winning ticket at The Fresh Market, located at 40 S. 7th St. in Minneapolis. She claimed the prize on Jan. 27.
The winning Northstar Cash numbers for Jan. 25, 2016 were 3-11-17-19-24.
The Fresh Market, earned a $458 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
January 22, 2016—Dominic Ruazol of Rochester was one of twelve $50,000 Powerball winners in Minnesota from the Jan. 13 drawing. Ruazol purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, 3490 - 55th St. N.W. in Rochester.