Black Diamond 7s, $77,777
June 26, 2015—Shortly after Chad Mastakoski and his wife arrived home in Hibbing from a camping trip on Monday, June 22, he drove to Hibbing Short Stop Express at 1605 E. 40th St. to pick up a few items, including a Black Diamond 7s lottery ticket.
As he scratched the ticket while sitting in his car, Mastakoski revealed two 7s in the prize box. “I thought I won $77,” he said. “I kept scratching and there were three more 7s! I sat there for 10 minutes looking at it and thought, ‘This can’t be real.’”
Mastakoski called his wife and said, “You won’t believe what happened to me—I won $77,777!” She didn’t believe him, so he took a photo of the winning ticket and sent it to her. The couple had a hard time believing they really won $77,777 until they received the prize check at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 26.
Northstar Cash, $109,066
June 23, 2015—One of Motley’s luckiest residents just claimed a share of his second big lottery prize.
Scott Zetah of Motley was part of the “CTC’s Lucky 40” lottery pool that won $1 million in the Jan. 1, 2008 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. Each of the 40 members won $25,000 before tax withholding.
“I always said I’m going to win again—by myself—and I did,” he said with a smile. Scott and his wife, Cindy Zetah, claimed a Northstar Cash jackpot worth $109,066 at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville yesterday.
He laughed and added, “I’m going to win one more time. The third time will be the charm.”
On June 14, Scott noticed that the Northstar Cash jackpot had not been won the night before and had grown to more than $100,000. “I just had back surgery and I was reclining on the couch. I just had a feeling I was going to win so I sent a text to my son and asked him to pick me up seven lucky Northstars.” As he always does, Scott picked the numbers on one ticket using birthdates. A second ticket consisted of six quick picks.
Later that day, the Zetahs discovered that Scott’s feeling turned out to be true. “I was talking to my niece about vacations and I said, ‘but we’ll have to win the lottery first,’” said Cindy. “Scott said, ‘That reminds me, I need to check my ticket.’” He looked up the winning numbers online and read each matching number out loud. “As each number was matching, I’m looking for the hidden cameras thinking someone’s playing a joke on me,” said Cindy. “That’s my family; they would do that, too.”
The first line on Scott’s six-line ticket matched the numbers 2-8-12-22-29 drawn on June 14.
Motley Express, located at 1000 Hwy. 10 S. in Motley, sold the winning ticket.
Scott and Cindy Zetah claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on June 22, 2015.
Mega Millions, $1 million
June 4, 2015—“It’s a good problem to have,” said Anthony Fusaro of Plymouth as he contemplated what he’d do with the $1 million Mega Millions prize that he had just won.
Fusaro was about to go back to work after his lunch break when he decided to check the winning Mega Millions numbers for June 2. When he saw the winning numbers, he didn’t even need to compare them to his ticket to know that he won $1 million. Fusaro has been playing the same numbers for over a year so he knew immediately that his ticket matched the first five numbers drawn (2-9-11-22-23) to win $1 million.
Instead of going back to work, Fusaro called his boss and asked for the afternoon off so he could claim the $1 million prize.
“If I would have played ‘12’ instead of ‘8’ for the Mega Ball® I would be splitting the [$260 million] jackpot with someone in Illinois,” he said. Missing out on the jackpot by one number didn’t seem to faze him though—he was very happy with his $1 million prize.
This was the 26th $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Minnesota since the Minnesota Lottery joined the game in January 2010.
Plymouth BP, located at 3855 Plymouth Blvd. in Plymouth, sold the winning ticket.
Black Diamond 7s, $77,777
June 16, 2015—A Minneapolis man experienced a classic case of beginner’s luck after winning $77,777 on the first lottery ticket he ever purchased.
Ibrahim Dirie said he never thought about buying lottery tickets until a friend encouraged him to give it a try while they made a stop at Tesoro Riverside Stop, located at 2517 Riverside Ave., in Minneapolis on June 13.
Dirie scratched the Black Diamond 7s ticket at the store where he quickly discovered he won the game’s top prize. “It was a big surprise,” he recalled. “It’s really a miracle!”
Dirie claimed the prize on June 15.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™, $100,000
June 4, 2015—A resident of South St. Paul claimed a $100,000 Lottery prize on June 3. Joseph Altendorfer won the prize by playing the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ scratch game.
Drkula’s Bowl, located at 6710 Cahill Ave. E. in Inver Grove Heights, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $74,788
June 1, 2015—Mega Stop Holiday, located at 21100 Kenrick Ave. W. in Lakeville, sold the winning Northstar Cash ticket for the drawing held on May 21.
Lamont Rolfshus of Apple Valley and Joan Haug of Burnsville, who shared the $74,788 jackpot, claimed the prize on June 1. The winning Northstar Cash numbers drawn on May 21 were 2-10-17-20-22.
Northstar Cash, $27,000
May 27, 2015—Beverly Street of Rochester won $27,000 by playing the Lottery’s Northstar Cash®game. The second set of numbers on her ticket matched the winning numbers 2-5-12-19-20 drawn on May 24 to win the jackpot.
Street purchased the winning ticket at CHS, located at 1740 – 3rd Ave S.E. in Rochester. She claimed the prize on May 26.
$13 Million Cash Explosion®, $50,000
June 29, 2015— “I knew I won something—I was expecting $20—you never expect to win $50,000,” said George Mustafa as he claimed a $50,000 prize on June 29.
The Columbia Heights resident stopped at Cub Foods, located at 246 – 57th Ave. N.E. in Fridley, after work on Friday and decided to purchase a $13 Million Cash Explosion ticket from the store’s vending machine. Mustafa won $20 on the ticket and used the prize to get another ticket, this time from the customer service counter. The second ticket wasn’t a winner. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll try one more time.’ And what do you know—$50,000!”
$13 Million Cash Explosion®, $50,000
June 25, 2015—Glenwood resident Gerald Klimek received a variety of lottery scratch tickets last month for his birthday. He’s been playing off the winnings since then, which ultimately led him to a $50,000 win on the $13 Million Cash Explosion® scratch game.
Klimek said he was “hoping to get a big one at least once” during his lucky streak. It didn’t take too long for that to happen. On June 23, Klimek’s wife stopped at Koep’s Glenwood Corner to redeem their winning lottery tickets. Gerald had $15 in winners so she added $5 to buy him a $13 Million Cash Explosion ticket. He scratched the ticket that evening and uncovered a $50,000 winner. “We both thought it was a typo,” he recalled while claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters on June 24.
Koep’s Glenwood Corner is located at 15800 State Highway 29 in Glenwood.
Gopher 5, $1,550,322
June 18, 2015—Mark Church of Bemidji won $1,550,322 with five numbers he has been playing for 18-20 years. The numbers, 4-5-9-26-27, are a combination of his and his mother’s birthdays. On June 15 those five numbers were drawn as the winning Gopher 5 numbers, netting Church the $1,550,322 jackpot.
Church was at a friend’s house the evening of June 15 watching a hockey game. He couldn’t sleep after he got home, so he decided to check his ticket at 1:30 a.m. the next morning. “I knew right away I won,” Church recalled. “I knew it was at least $1,000,000. I couldn’t call anybody at that time so I texted a friend in California.”
As he claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 17, Church said “It was a long night, waiting for daytime” to tell people about his big lottery win.
Holiday Stationstores Inc., 1106 Paul Bunyan Drive N.E. in Bemidji, sold the winning ticket.
Northstar Cash, $66,900
July 2, 2015—A Minneapolis resident won the $66,900 Northstar Cash jackpot on a ticket he purchased for the drawing on June 26. Ahmed Bati purchased the winning ticket at SuperAmerica, located at 5101 – 34thAve. S. in Minneapolis.
Progressive Print-N-Play, $54,672
June 15, 2015—Rosalynn Bendtsen of Crystal won $54,672 playing the Lottery’s $3 Crossword Progressive Print-N-Play game.
Bendtsen purchased the winning ticket at Robbinsdale BP/Amoco, located at 4205 W. Broadway in Robbinsdale. She claimed the prize on June 12.
Mega Money, $200,000
May 19, 2015—Aml Tadros of Fridley won $200,000 playing the Lottery’s Mega Money scratch game.
Tadros purchased the winning ticket at Barklow Grain Exchange, located at 400 S. 4th St. in Minneapolis. He claimed the prize on May 18.
High Roller, $100,000
May 13, 2015—A resident of Olivia won $100,000 on a High Roller scratch ticket he purchased at Casey’s General Store, located at 620 E. Lincoln Ave. in Olivia.
Russel Fesenmaier claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on May 12.