Minnesota Lottery draws winning numbers in raffle
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota Lottery selected the winning numbers Sunday for its special New Year's Day Millionaire Raffle drawing.
The full set of winning numbers are available on Lottery Post's Minnesota Lottery Results page.
Millionaire Raffle is the sixth annual holiday raffle game from the Minnesota State Lottery.
Players purchased tickets for $10 each. Tickets went on sale Nov. 1, 2011 and were completely sold out before the drawing. The raffle has sold out in each of its fou ...
Jan 1, 2012, 11:52 pm - Lottery News forum
State lotteries get creative to drive higher sales
The Arizona Lottery has spent four years ramping up efforts to get players to part with a dollar.
It raised its average jackpot by 8 percent and introduced pricier scratch-off games that cost from $5 to $20 but yield bigger winnings, up to $1 million. The tickets now come in brighter colors on thicker paper, and more of them get displayed in bigger cases to catch the eyes of would-be winners lining up at grocery and convenience stores. The lottery also increased its advertising budget by roug ...
Dec 12, 2011, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery tests Internet sales
A quiet revolution in gambling is under way in Minnesota.
Without a single press release or announcement, the Minnesota State Lottery is nearly a year into an experiment to get more Minnesotans to gamble online through a subscription lottery service.
Private online gambling is illegal in Minnesota, and the state's elected leaders have turned back various gambling expansion proposals and online gambling ventures.
But in the waning months of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration, the Minneso ...
Nov 28, 2011, 12:23 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota couple claims $229M Powerball lottery jackpot
Includes video report
Thomas and Kathleen Morris, a couple from Burnsville, Minnesota, walked into the Minnesota State Lottery headquarters around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to claim the nearly $229 million winning Powerball ticket.
It started on Monday, Kathleen said. We met with our financial adviser and things didn't look very promising. I told Tom the only way we're going to retire is if we win the lottery.
Minnesota's newest millionaires bought the winning ticket at a SuperAmeric ...
Aug 13, 2011, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
$228.9M Powerball lottery ticket sold in Minnesota
For a split second, John Nee of Apple Valley thought he might be the luckiest person in Minnesota.
On Thursday afternoon, Nee, 63, hadn't yet checked his Powerball ticket when he was told that a winning ticket worth $228.9 million, the biggest jackpot in state history, had been sold in Dakota County.
Alas, after hearing the numbers, Nee crumpled up his slip of paper and pined, Like every week. It's not me. But that's all right. It will come.
The identity of the big winner is still a my ...
Aug 12, 2011, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery resumes ticket sales Thursday
By Todd Northrop
After being shut down for nearly three weeks due to a state government budget impasse, the Minnesota Lottery will begin selling lottery tickets again, starting Thursday, July 21.
The resumption of ticket sales follows a special legislative session that put an end to the government shut down. The state's Democrat governor relented, allowing the state budget to follow the Republican-majority state legislature's plan.
The lottery suspended operations on July 1. Beginning a ...
Jul 20, 2011, 4:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin lottery benefiting from Minnesota government shutdown
Includes video report
The cash register is humming at the gas station Mac Qasem manages in Houlton, Wisconsin, and he has squabbling Democrats and Republicans from Minnesota to thank for it.
You know how much people, they just want to buy lottery, he smiles.
Since the Minnesota state shutdown began, lottery sales at Qasem's store are five times normal. You just cross the bridge, couple of blocks and you're here, he points out. The Minnesota state lottery is shut down, so they come here ...
Jul 12, 2011, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota shutdown boosts Iowa border lottery sales
Sales of Iowa Lottery tickets at retail stores along the Minnesota border are getting a boost from the Gopher State's government shutdown.
State offices in Minnesota have been closed since July 1 because Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature have failed to reach agreement on a new state budget. The shutdown includes the sales of Minnesota Lottery tickets.
We have checked with locations in a few different communities that are along the major highways that run between Iowa and Minn ...
Jul 8, 2011, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery suspended during government shutdown
By Todd Northrop
The budget impasse in the Minnesota state capital is having a widespread effect across the state including at the state lottery.
Many state services, including the Minnesota state lottery, ceased operations Friday.
The Lottery closed all its offices 5 p.m. Thursday, and no lottery tickets were available for sale after 11:59 p.m. During the shutdown, lottery tickets cannot be validated or paid out.
Players currently holding winning tickets should sign them immediately ...
Jul 2, 2011, 9:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Once a victim, retiree allegedly joined scammers to bilk others
Authorities allege that Thomas Murphy, 68, became a mule for an overseas ring that took in $800,000
They preyed on the elderly often by trolling obituaries for new widows or widowers and enticed them into believing they'd won a lottery but needed to pay the tax on their winnings to claim them.
Thomas Murphy, 68, a retired principal, teacher and coach from Henderson, Minn., started as a victim. Then, police say, he joined the scam in a failed attempt to try to recoup his losses.
Oct 20, 2010, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum