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Mega Millions, $1 million
February 1, 2018—When Bloomington resident Patty Loberg heard that a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at Mike’s Gas for Less in Bloomington—the same location that her ticket was purchased at—she purposely waited a couple of hours to check her ticket.
She had learned about the $1 million winning ticket from her husband Carl Loberg who had stopped by the store. “I was teasing [a store employee] because she didn’t sell the winning ticket to me, then I called Patty and said, ‘You might want to take a look at your ticket.’”
She did not want to check the ticket right away because, “I wanted to have the illusion that I was the winner for a while longer,” she said. Loberg’s “illusion” became reality after she discovered she was holding the $1 million winning ticket.
Loberg checked her ticket on the Lottery’s website, “five times, before I believed it.” Then went to Mike’s Gas for Less and asked a store employee to check the ticket for her. “I said, ‘I think I won—no seriously—I think I won,’” she recalled. “He checked the ticket and then gave me a big hug and we all started screaming!”
Loberg’s winning ticket matched the first five numbers drawn on Jan. 30 to win the $1 million prize. Mike’s Gas for Less earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Gold & Silver Crossword, $100,000
January 25, 2018—“I’m still shaking,” said Cindy Nelson of Minneapolis after she arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville. Only 30 minutes earlier, Nelson had uncovered a $100,000 win while playing the Gold & Silver Crossword scratch game.
Nelson was running a few errands on her lunch break when she purchased the winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores, located at 965 Sibley Memorial Highway, in Lilydale.
Nelson said she’s been playing this game since it launched and “I would win $10, $15,” she said. “I kept saying, ‘I’m going to win big, I know it!’”
January 19, 2018—The “Hibbing Courthouse Annex Pool” arrived at the Minnesota Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville by bus today to claim a $250,000 Powerball® prize.
The group of 22 all work in either the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing or in the annex.
Grant Ellis of Hibbing, purchased the ticket and was the first person to discover the win. “We do it once a week,” he explained. This week has “been a bit more exciting” than usual he added with a smile.
The group’s ticket matched four of the first five Powerball numbers drawn on Jan. 10, plus the Powerball. That would normally be worth $50,000, but since they had added the Power Play® option to the ticket, their prize increased to $250,000.
“All of the numbers kept matching,” said Ellis. At first he thought their ticket was worth $50,000. “When I found out that it was worth five times that amount, that’s when I got really excited!” The news “went around the courthouse like wildfire.”
Hibbing Courthouse Annex Pool members: Angela Baumchen of Hibbing, Michael Danks of Hibbing, Stephen Dolinich of Hibbing, Grant Ellis of Hibbing, Tom Gentilini Jr. of Gilbert, Erica Gray of Hibbing, Terri Holmbeck of Nashwauk, Kathleen Lorenz of Nashwauk, Charlene Meinzer of Mountain Iron, Trudi Mellak of Virginia, Marla Padgett of Eveleth, Jeffrey Passeri of Hibbing, Jennifer Reyes of Hibbing, Tyler Schwerzler of Hibbing, Alison Scofield of Hibbing, Jean Seline of Chisholm, Jason Specht of Hibbing, Crystal Suhonen of Hibbing, David Toldo of Chisholm, Jeffrey Vlatkovich of Hibbing, Kenneth Weis of Cohasset and Mandy Zaitz of Hibbing.
Hibbing Short Stop II, located at 1121 E. Howard St. in Hibbing, sold the winning ticket.
The winning Powerball numbers on Jan. 10, 2018 were 7-24-33-49-50 and the Powerball number was 4. The only number missing from their ticket was “50.”
Progressive Print-N-Play, $120,290
February 5, 2018— Elizabeth Brown’s vacation hit an all-time high before she even boarded the plane.
The Alexandria resident was on her way to MSP Airport on Jan. 24 when she stopped at Holiday Stationstores in Champlin for coffee and lottery tickets. “We wanted to have something to do in the airport while we wait,” said Brown who was traveling to Arizona with her significant other.
Brown had purchased a couple of $5 Progressive Print-N-Play Bingo tickets, a game she started playing in December when the rolling jackpot reached over a half of a million dollars. “All of a sudden I heard him say, ‘I’m on fire,’” recalled Brown, before he asked, “’What happens if it’s a blackout?’”
Brown said, “It was kind of blurry after that.” She called the lottery office and confirmed the ticket was worth $120,290. “I didn’t know what to do at that point—do we get on the plane?”
The couple decided to continue on their trip to Arizona. “The whole time we were like, ‘Do you have the ticket?’” Brown said she kept the ticket in a zip-up coin purse and admitted to having separation anxiety anytime she left it at the condo.
Once they returned to Minnesota, the couple made a visit to Lottery headquarters in Roseville where Brown claimed the prize.
Holiday Stationstores in Champlin is located at 12024 Champlin Drive. The business earned a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
January 17, 2018—Richard Cross of Plymouth won $100,000 by playing the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. He claimed the prize at the Lottery’s office in Roseville on Jan. 17.
Freedom Valu Center, located at 12650 Bass Lake Road in Plymouth, sold the winning ticket.
Win Big, $200,000
January 16, 2018—A resident of Crystal won $200,000 by playing the Win Big scratch game. Tyler Thompson claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 16.
Almsted’s Fresh Market, located at 4200 Douglas Drive N. in Crystal, sold the winning ticket.
Powerball, $1 million
February 5, 2018— It has been “a little hard to sleep the last couple of nights,” said Douglas Paschke of Minneapolis as he claimed a $1 million Powerball® prize at the Minnesota Lottery’s office in Roseville this morning.
A ticket that Paschke had purchased for the Jan. 31 drawing matched the first five numbers drawn to win $1 million.
“I’ve been unlucky most of my life. It’s about time that my lucky star is shining on me,” said Paschke. Now that he’s won big, he no longer thinks of himself as unlucky. “I have a feeling that I’m not done winning,” he said with a smile.
SuperAmerica, located at 5105 – 34th Ave. S. in Minneapolis, sold the $1 million winning ticket. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus.
$100,000 Ultimate Getaway, $100,000
January 31, 2018—A “weird dream” led a St. Paul man to win a $100,000 lottery prize.
Lor Her said he recently had a “weird dream” that he would receive money. “I woke up thinking maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket and see what happens,” he recalled.
That’s exactly what the St. Paul resident did when he stopped at Tri City BP, located at 3110 N. Cleveland Ave. in Roseville and picked up a $100,000 Ultimate Getaway scratch ticket worth $100,000.
“Sometimes dreams do mean something,” Her said when he claimed his prize on Jan. 29. Her’s looking forward to helping buy a car for his parents and helping to pay for his upcoming wedding.
Raffle, $1 million
January 22, 2018—A Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket that Don DeSaer of Courtland received as a Christmas gift from one of his daughters turned out to be an unexpected present for the whole family.
Don’s Raffle ticket was one of two tickets to win $1 million on New Year’s Day, which he and his wife, Phyllis, discovered that day after stopping at a local convenience store.
Don received the $1 million winning ticket as a Christmas present from his daughter Amber DeSaer, who purchased two Raffle tickets—one for herself and one for her dad—on Thanksgiving Day at Casey’s General Store in New Ulm.
After checking her own Raffle ticket, Amber said it didn’t take long for her to realize that her dad had won. “His ticket was only two numbers away from mine and when I saw that one of the $1 million winning tickets was purchased at Casey’s, I knew he had it!” she said.
“The cat was out of the bag at that point,” explained Don. “I wasn’t going to keep it myself, but she refused to take it back,” he added. So Don decided to split the prize equally among his wife and four adult daughters. That’s when he shared the news with his three other daughters. The family agreed not to tell anyone until after Amber’s wedding in mid-January.
On Jan. 19, the family of six arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville to claim the $1 million prize. Don and Phyllis DeSaer of Courtland, Bridget Wurtzberger of New Ulm, Amber DeSaer of New Ulm, Cassie Navara of Inver Grove Heights and Nikki DeSaer of New Ulm each claimed $166,666.
“The best part is being able to share it with the kids,” said Phyllis.
Casey’s General Store in New Ulm is located at 314 – 20th St. S. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus for the selling the winning ticket.
Win Big, $200,000
January 22, 2018—James Pukay of Richfield won $200,000 by playing the Win Big scratch game. Pukay claimed the prize on Jan. 22.
Nokomis Market, located at 3319 E 54th St. in Minneapolis, sold the winning ticket.
January 16, 2018—Gregory Adkisson of Ely claimed a $250,000 Powerball prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on Jan. 16.
Adkisson’s ticket was one of two tickets sold for the Jan. 10 drawing to win $250,000. He purchased his winning ticket at Voyageur Short Stop, located at 1815 E. Sheridan St. in Ely.
The second $250,000 winning ticket, which has yet to be claimed, was sold at Hibbing Short Stop II, located at 1121 E. Howard St. in Hibbing.
Adkisson’s quick-pick ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which is normally worth $50,000. Because he added the Power Play multiplier option for an extra dollar, his prize was multiplied by 5 (the Power Play number drawn) to win $250,000.
The winning Powerball numbers for Jan. 10 are 7-24-33-49-50 and the Powerball is 4.
Raffle, 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
January 3, 2018—Carol Thies of Burnsville won a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee by playing the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. Her prize, valued at approximately $56,301, also includes sales tax, license fees and state and federal tax withholding paid.
Thies purchased her winning ticket at Holiday Stationstores, located at 123 W. Market in Mall of America in Bloomington.