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May 16, 2017—A group of 14 co-workers from the health information department at Northfield Hospital in Northfield have a big reason to celebrate after winning a $50,000 Powerball prize.
“It’s been 10 years of dreaming,” said Michelle Duffney of Montgomery, who has been pooling her money with the group for a decade. The group now includes 14 people, some who have been around since the beginning, and others who have been a part of the group for less than one year.
Each member of the “Lucky 14” contributes $2 for the Powerball drawing on Saturdays.
It was Tammy Rezac’s turn to purchase tickets for the April 22 drawing, but forgot all about it. The Northfield resident ended up purchasing tickets for the drawing on April 26 instead, which turned out to be an incredibly lucky mistake.
One of the group’s quick-pick tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000.
It wasn’t until May 11 when Rezac stopped at Casey’s General Store, located at 521 W. Woodley, in Northfield that she discovered their big win. “The sales lady asked if I purchased a Powerball ticket here a couple of weeks ago. I said, ‘Why did you have a winner?’” She told Rezac about the $50,000 Powerball ticket they sold from April 26 that was still unclaimed.
“I thought to myself who on earth has a winning lottery ticket and doesn’t even know it. Turns out, it was me!”
Rezac later called a meeting with the rest of the group members to share the good news. “All I can say was that there was a little profanity, but a lot of excitement,” she said.
Laura Colton of Burnsville added, “We all texted our spouses saying, ‘We won, but it’s my money!’”
The Lucky 14 arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on May 15 to claim their prize.
Each group member claimed approximately $3,571 (before the required tax withholdings). The ladies plan to use their winnings for upcoming vacations and to pay off bills.
Members of the Lucky 14 are: Laura Colton of Burnsville; Mary Thomas of Elko; Laura Daily, Carolyn Larson, Tammy Murphy, Amanda Navejas, Roseann Schweisthal and Elizabeth Santana of Faribault; Patricia Duntley and Kristen Erickson of Lakeville; Robin Yannarelly of Maplewood; Michelle Duffney of Montgomery and Paula Niosi and Tammy Rezac of Northfield.
The winning numbers drawn on April 26 were 1-15-18-26-51 and the Powerball was 26.
Big Money, $50,000
May 10, 2017—This morning, Thomas Sedlacek of Albertville played a Big Money scratch game and as soon as he started scratching the play area, he uncovered a $500 win. “The third one I uncovered was $5,000 and I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be good,’ then $1,000. I was shaking so bad I had to put the coin down.”
Once he uncovered the entire play area, he added up the prize amounts and realized he had a $50,000 winning ticket in his hands. “Crazy!” I didn’t know what to think.”
Cardinal Enterprises, located at 5952 Large Ave. N.E. in Albertville, sold the winning ticket.
Gopher 5, $543,090
May 3, 2017—Tom Ericson said he knew someone had just hit the Gopher 5® jackpot when he saw it was back down to $100,000 on April 25. “I thought to myself, “Somebody’s lucky.’” Turns out, that somebody was him!
While checking his last Gopher 5 ticket for the April 24 drawing, Ericson noticed he had the first number, second number, third number and so forth. “I thought, ‘Wow—I got them all!’” Ericson said he was in disbelief so said he called the paper to double check that the numbers were printed correctly. Ericson’s ticket matched all five numbers drawn to win the $543,090 jackpot.
As a long time renter, Ericson said he’s now looking forward to start house hunting process.
Ericson purchased his winning ticket at Lake Elmo Oil, located at 11127 Stillwater Blvd. N. in Lake Elmo.
Pac-Man Money Hunt, $75,000
May 24, 2017—A resident of Apple Valley won $75,000 by playing the Lottery’s Pac-Man Money Hunt scratch game. Desirae Christensen claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on May 24.
SuperAmerica, located at 1884 E. 134th St. in Burnsville, sold the winning ticket.
$500,000 Spectacular Riches, $500,000
May 22, 2017—A resident of Finlayson won $500,000 by playing the Lottery’s $500,000 Spectacular Riches scratch game. Thomas Koski claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on May 22.
Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 3931 W. 1st St. in Duluth, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
May 19, 2017—Gerald Williams of Lakeville won $50,000 by playing the Big Money scratch game. Holiday Stationstore, located at 16255 Ipava Ave. in Lakeville, sold the winning ticket.
Did I Win?, $100,000
May 25, 2017—Newlywed Spencer LaHue of New Brighton has one more reason to celebrate after winning $100,000 playing the Did I Win? scratch game.
LaHue said he was a fan of the Did I Win? scratch game when it made its debut in April. After checking the Lottery’s website and saw that there hadn’t been any $100,000 top prizes claimed, he thought he should give it another try.
On May 23, LaHue stopped at Shoreview BP, located at 5990 Hodgson Road, where he picked up a $5 Did I Win? ticket worth $100,000.
“I jumped up, I was yelling,” he recalled. LaHue stopped by his wife’s office to show her the winning ticket before arriving at Lottery headquarters in Roseville to claim the prize.
LaHue said he and his wife plan to pay off students loans and “put the rest away for the time being.”
Lucky Numbers, $100,000
May 23, 2017—“Everything seemed to fall into place,” said Kain Melby of Owatonna, which lead him to a $100,000 lottery win on May 19.
Melby, who works as a masoner in Owatonna, got done with work earlier than expected on May 19 because it was supposed to rain. So Melby headed to Kwik Trip, located at 1075 W. Frontage Road, in Owatonna to pick up a few things, including something not on his list—a $100,000 winning Lucky Numbers scratch ticket.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Melby recalled. “I had to look at it fifty times. I kept thinking, ‘Is this right, is this right?’”
Melby immediately drove to Lottery headquarters in Roseville where he learned it was right—his ticket was worth $100,000!
Melby said he hopes to use part of his winnings to help out family.
Gopher 5, $130,000
May 5, 2017—“I found out right before work yesterday,” said Faribault resident Daniel Moravec of learning that he won a $130,000 Gopher 5 jackpot. “I was too busy to really think about it.”
Moravec had time to think about the win last night and that did not make for a good night’s sleep. “I didn’t sleep at all last night,” he said. Moravec arrived at the Lottery’s office bright and early this morning to claim the prize. “I’m still in shock; it’s just starting to seem real.”
The second line on Moravec’s two-line quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers drawing on May 3 to win the jackpot.
Casey’s General Store, located at 210 N.W. 20th St. in Faribault, sold the winning ticket.
$500,000 Spectacular Riches, $500,000
May 24, 2017—A resident of Centerville won $77,777 by playing the Lottery’s Lucky 7s Tripler scratch game. Bruce Wiggins claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on May 24.
Croix Convenience, located at 5979 Rice Creek Parkway, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $40,406
May 22, 2017—Jason Lehman of Plymouth won a $40,406 Northstar Cash jackpot. His ticket matched the winning numbers drawn on May 20 to win the prize.
Canterbury Park in Shakopee sold the winning ticket.
Cash Vault Crossword, $300,000
May 12, 2017—A resident of Wheaton is the Lottery’s latest big winner. Tracie Rinke won $300,000 by playing the Cash Vault Crossword scratch game.
Homer’s of Wheaton, located at 13 – 5th St. N. in Wheaton, sold the winning ticket. The business will receive a $2,000 bonus.