Stephen Braun won $1,869,493 playing Gopher 5.

Stephen Braun of Buffalo is Minnesota’s newest lottery millionaire. He discovered that the Gopher 5 ticket he had purchased for the Oct. 24 drawing matched all five numbers drawn to win the $1.8 million jackpot. “I couldn’t believe it, I’m still waiting to wake up,” he said as he claimed the prize.

Holiday Stationstore, located at 7 – 8th St. N.E. in Buffalo, will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning Gopher 5 ticket.

The $1.8 million jackpot is the third highest in the game’s history.



If you’re looking for a homegrown Minnesota treasure, this game is for you.