Super Cash Crossword, $100,000
February 26, 2015—“I was on my way to get my new glasses, and I needed coffee,” said St. Paul resident Christina Wolf. She stopped at Holiday Stationstores Inc., 1345 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul to pick up the coffee and decided to purchase two Super Cash Crossword lottery tickets.
Wolf scratched the tickets while sitting in her car in the store’s parking lot. “I scratch all of the letters in the letter box,” she explained of her scratching technique. “When I see a full word [in the puzzle], I scratch it.” On the second ticket, Wolf said, “I found 10 words and I think I recounted 10 times!”
Not believing that she won the $100,000 top prize, Wolf said she went back inside the store and asked the clerk to check the ticket. After the clerk said it looked like she did indeed win, Wolf said, “I gave the cashier who sold it to me a big hug and said, ‘Thank you!’”
Wolf forgot about her new glasses and immediately drove to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize on Feb. 25.
Gopher 5, $275,921
February 23, 2015—Willmar resident Shawn Klinghagen bought a five-line Gopher 5 ticket on Feb. 18 for that night’s drawing, which was advertised at $270,000. After having dinner with his girlfriend that evening, he went home to check his tickets.
I covered all the lines with my hands and uncovered one line at a time,” Klinghagen recalled. When all five numbers on the fourth line of the ticket matched those drawn, “I read them, reread them, reread them, reread them and reread them!” Klinghagen exclaimed. Kelly Sing, Klinghagen’s girlfriend, said she received a somewhat frantic call from him that she needed to come right over. Fearing the worst, she was relieved that it was good news. After showing her the ticket, “He kept saying, ‘Is this a dream? Am I dreaming?’” she said.
When Klinghagen called the Lottery office the next day, which was his birthday, he learned that the actual amount of his win was $275,921 because of higher-than-expected sales. “It was the best birthday gift ever!” Klinghagen said as he claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Feb. 20.
Klinghagen purchased the winning ticket at Cash Wise Foods, 1300 – 5th St. S.E. in Willmar. This is the second big winning ticket claimed in the past month that was purchased at this store. Jie Chen of Flushing, N.Y., won $500,000 on a $500,000 Classic Gold ticket that he claimed on Jan. 22.
$100,000 Wild Cherries, $100,000
February 11, 2015—Steven Hrstka of Chatfield won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Wild Cherries scratch game.
Hrstka purchased his winning ticket at Sunshine Foods, 237 Main St. N. in Chatfield. He claimed the prize on Feb. 10.
Lucky for Life, $25,000 a year for life
February 11, 2015—Catherine Smith of Mankato is Minnesota’s first Lucky for Life lifetime prize winner. A ticket that Smith purchased for the Feb. 9 drawing matched the first five numbers to win $25,000 a year for life.
Smith claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on Feb. 10. The winning Lucky for Life numbers on Feb. 9, 2015 were 8-15-25-33-41 and the Lucky Ball was 17.
Mankato Quick Mart, located at 402 N. Second St. in Mankato, sold Smith’s winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $68,111
February 10, 2015—Davion Vestal of Sartell won the $68,111 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 4, 2015.
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, located at 29 – 3rd St. N.E. in Waite Park. Vestal claimed the prize on Feb. 9.
Mega Millions, $1 million
February 4, 2015—Tomas Witte of Wyoming won a $1 million Mega Millions® prize in the Jan. 13 drawing.
Witte won the prize by matching the first five winning numbers drawn. The winning numbers from Jan. 13 were 12-20-25-50-51 and the Mega Ball was 7.
He claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Feb. 3 after finally checking his tickets. Witte purchased the winning ticket at Wyoming Shell, located at 26720 Kettle River Blvd. in Wyoming.
Witte was one of two $1 million winners in the Jan. 13 drawing. Joel McKinzie of Lake Crystal claimed the other $1 million prize.
Gopher 5, $1,600,845
January 27, 2015—Jon and Marie Stechcon of Cottage Grove celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary with an unexpected gift—a $1,600,845 Gopher 5® jackpot win.
Jon discovered the win the morning of their anniversary, on Jan. 24. After checking his Gopher 5 ticket from the Jan. 23 drawing, he realized that the first line of his five-line quick-pick ticket matched all five winning numbers (5-12-29-38-47) to win the third largest Gopher 5 jackpot in the game’s history.
He woke Marie up with the good news. “I just handed her the ticket and said ‘Happy Anniversary!’”
“I didn’t believe him,” recalled Marie. “It was a lot of money to comprehend. It still seems surreal,” she explained as they arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 26 to claim the prize.
While Jon says he enjoys playing the lottery every now and then, he had not played Gopher 5 “in a long time" but after noticing the high jackpot last week, he quickly changed his mind. "I thought I better get a ticket."
It's safe to say that both Jon and Marie are happy he did. “It’s going to make life a lot easier,” he added.
Their newfound fortune will allow Marie to join Jon in retirement. The couple also plans to set up a college fund for their grandson and do some home remodeling projects with part of their prize money.
Gas Plus, located at 7033 Jorgensen Lane S. in Cottage Grove, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $25,000
February 23, 2015—Remedios Evangelista Verena of St. Paul won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 18, 2015. Her ticket matched the winning numbers 2-4-5-8-22 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
The winning ticket was purchased at Setzer Pharmacy Inc., located at 1685 Rice St. in Roseville.
Northstar Cash, $27,000
February 11, 2015—Lee Albert of Owatonna won the $27,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 7, 2015.
The winning ticket was purchased at Dog Pound Bar, located at 212 N. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna. Albert claimed the prize on Feb. 9.
MN Millionaire Club, $1 million taxes paid
February 3, 2015—Matt Anderson of Ramsey always had a feeling he would win the lottery someday. Anderson was so confident about it, he even said that in his marriage proposal to his wife, Dorothy, 26 years ago.
That “someday” arrived on Feb. 2, 2015 when Anderson’s “feeling” became reality. “Something told me to get $100 out and buy two of these tickets,” he said, referring to the Lottery’s $50 Minnesota Millionaire Club scratch tickets. “I just knew I was going to win enough money to go on a vacation.”
Turns out, Anderson won enough money to go on multiple vacations after uncovering a $1 million top prize. “I thought, ‘No way,’” he recalled. “I just went out to my truck and started screaming.”
Anderson called his wife with the news and they immediately met at Lottery headquarters in Roseville, where he claimed the prize.
“It may have taken 26 years, but it finally happened,” Dorothy said, with a smile. However, the real surprise came when Anderson realized his $1 million prize included taxes paid. “It’s like winning the lottery twice in one day,” he said. “What a gift!” The Lottery paid 32.25 percent in required federal and state tax withholdings on behalf of Anderson, bringing his total winnings to more than $1.4 million.
One of the first things Anderson plans to do is take his wife and children on vacation. “We’re all getting our passports and going to the Caribbean!” he said.
Anderson purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Trip, located at 7545 – 145th St. W. in Apple Valley.
Northstar Cash, $29,000
February 24, 2015—Amber Anderson of Brooklyn Park won the $29,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 17, 2015.
The winning ticket was purchased at SuperAmerica, 3155 Coon Rapids Blvd. in Coon Rapids.
Northstar Cash, $26,000
February 13, 2015—Robert Bolnick of Brooklyn Park won the $26,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 12, 2015. His ticket matched the winning numbers 1-6-8-27-30 drawn that night to win the jackpot.
The winning ticket was purchased at Bill’s Superette, located at 3100 N. Brookdale Drive in Brooklyn Park. Bolnick claimed the prize on Feb. 13.
Northstar Cash, $27,000
February 13, 2015—Joseph Sormana of Apple Valley won the $27,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on Feb. 10, 2015.
The winning ticket was purchased at Holiday Stationstores Inc., 3615 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. Sormana claimed the prize on Feb. 13.
I'm In The Money, $100,000
February 3, 2015 — Harvey Mackey of Austin won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s I’m In The Money scratch game. Mackey kept uncovering more and more zeros and was in shock when he uncovered the games top prize.
He purchased his winning ticket at Kwik Trip, 1509 – 10th Place N.E. in Austin. He claimed the prize on Feb. 2 at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.