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Cash Clover, $77,777
May 20, 2016—Tanya Hartman of Bloomington is looking forward to becoming a first-time homeowner thanks to a $77,777 win playing the Cash Clover scratch game.
Hartman plans to use part of her winnings towards a down payment on a new home.
“It’s a blessing,” she said. “It’s life changing in the way that we will finally have something that’s ours.”
Hartman had been hanging on to the winning ticket for almost two weeks before collecting her prize. “I wanted to have a solid plan for what I was going to do with the money,” she explained. After getting her financing in order and having a couple of sleepless nights, Hartman was ready to check another thing off her to-do list and headed to Lottery headquarters in Roseville on May 19 to claim the prize.
“It hasn’t quite hit me yet,” she said, but after receiving her check, she was grinning from ear-to-ear and said, “Okay, now it’s real!”
Hartman purchased the ticket at Thorson’s Holiday, 7901 Nicollet Ave. S. in Bloomington.
Escape to Margaritaville®, $75,000
May 16, 2016—On May 10, two weeks into his retirement, Thief River Falls resident Rick Kimball and his wife were enjoying the evening on their patio when he asked her, “Are you ready for some Margaritaville and some Frogger?” He pulled out some Escape to Margaritaville® and Frogger tickets he purchased at Pennington Main, 220 Main Ave. in Thief River Falls.
As the couple was scratching the tickets, Kimball found a number match on the Escape to Margaritaville® ticket he was playing. “If I have a winner I scratch the prize from right to left,” he explained. As he slowly revealed the prize, he said, “I saw the zeroes and knew it was a big winner. I saw the 5 and thought we won $5,000. When I saw the 7, I knew we had to go to Roseville!”
On May 13 Kimball and his wife made the trip to Lottery headquarters in Roseville—where he said he’d like to come someday—to claim the $75,000 prize. As he received the check, Kimball said, “This is a retirement gift!”
$50,000 Frenzy, $50,000
May 3, 2016—Grand Forks, N.D. resident Duane Mattson stopped by the American Legion in East Grand Forks for tacos and left with a $50,000 winning scratch ticket.
“Thursdays are Taco Day at the Legion and I usually meet my granddaughter,” said Duane Mattson. “We usually just get two tickets; she picks the one she wants and I get the other one.”
On April 21, they followed their usual routine and when he scratched his ticket, he uncovered a $100 win. “I asked her if we should get two more tickets and she said, ‘Sure!’ so I told her to pick a different game,” Mattson recalled. His granddaughter chose the $50,000 Frenzy scratch game and the ticket she wanted to play and gave the other to him. This time, he uncovered a $50,000 win. “I didn’t say how much I won, I just nonchalantly put the ticket in my pocket.”
It wasn’t long before his granddaughter and “everyone” found out because the “news spread like wildfire,” he said.
American Legion Post #157, located at 1009 Central Ave. N.W. in East Grand Forks, sold the winning ticket.
Mattson claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville on May 2.
Northstar Cash, $31,366
May 20, 2016—Julie Curry of Hawley won the $31,366 Northstar Cash jackpot on May 11. She purchased the winning ticket at Kirk's Superstop, 1014 Hobart St. in Hawley. She claimed the prize on May 20.
May 18, 2016—Steven Nelson of Glencoe won $50,000 on a Powerball ticket he purchased for the drawing on May 11, 2016. He claimed the prize on May 17.
The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store, 2101 - 10th St. in Glencoe.
Gopher 5, $389,272
May 13, 2016—William Bryant of Aitkin is the lucky winner of the $389,272 Gopher 5 jackpot from the drawing on May 6. He purchased the winning ticket at The Junction, 22856 U.S. Highway 169 in Aitkin.
Bryant claimed the prize on May 12.
May 11, 2016—Thomas Nesgoda of Duluth won $50,000 playing Powerball on May 7. Nesgoda purchased his winning ticket at Cub Foods, 615 W. Central Entrance, in Duluth.
Big Money, $50,000
May 27, 2016—“I stopped to get some breakfast and grabbed a ticket. Next thing I know, I won $50,000!” said Corey Johnson as he claimed a $50,000 Big Money scratch game prize this morning.
The Otsego resident purchased the winning ticket on his way to work yesterday. “Work seemed to go extremely slowly but it definitely kept me awake for the day!” he explained.
Holiday Stationstores Inc., located at 14075 Ramsey Blvd. in Ramsey, sold the winning ticket.
Big Money, $50,000
May 20, 2016—“Everyone was hyped,” said Billy Gayder, speaking of his coworkers’ reaction to his $50,000 lottery win.
Gayder, who is a chef at two restaurants, said his “mind was boggled” when he uncovered the $50,000 win on a break. “My manager came over and looked at it and then we took it back to the store to scan,” the Floodwood resident explained.
Inter City Oil, located at 4145 Haines Road in Hermantown, sold the winning Big Money scratch ticket.
Money Bag Tripler Crossword, $100,000
May 16, 2016—“I would like to do this every week!” said Sandy Chilson of Lime Springs, Iowa as she claimed a $100,000 prize at the Minnesota Lottery’s office in Roseville earlier today.
Chilson and her husband were on their way home from a shopping trip to Rochester on Saturday when they stopped at Kwik Trip, located at 640 N. Broadway St. in Spring Valley. “[Her husband] was going to buy a Powerball® ticket and I handed him $5 and asked him to get me a $5 scratcher,” said Chilson.
“We got home, unloaded the car and I put on my jammies and scratched the ticket,” she explained. After uncovering a $100,000 win, Chilson went over the ticket two more times to verify it was a winner and then asked her husband to look at it. “I got dressed again and we drove to the closest Minnesota Lottery retailer to have it scanned.” When the Money Bag Tripler Crossword ticket was scanned, a message printed alerting them that the prize would have to be claimed at the Lottery’s office.
May 25, 2016—Paige Carroll of Andover won $50,000 from the May 7 Powerball drawing.
Carroll purchased the winning ticket at Bill’s Superette, located at 14041 Round Lake Blvd. N.W. in Andover. She claimed the prize on May 24.
All or Nothing, $100,000
May 18, 2016—Thomas Clardy of Eagan won $100,000 playing All or Nothing. A ticket he purchased for the May 16 Midday drawing matched all 12 numbers drawn to win the $100,000 top prize.
Clardy purchased the winning ticket at Cub Foods, 1940 Cliff Lake Road in Eagan. He claimed the prize on May 17.
Big Money, $50,000
May 16, 2016—Eugene Simmons of Vadnais Heights won $50,000 playing the Big Money scratch game. He purchased the winning ticket at Cub Foods, 1920 Buerkle Road, in White Bear Lake.
Big Money, $50,000
May 13, 2016—Jonas Hans of St. Paul won $50,000 playing the Big Money game.
Hans purchased the winning ticket at SuperAmerica, 3357 University Ave. S.E. in Minneapolis. He claimed the prize on May 12.