State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records
By Kate Northrop
In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales.
The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record- ...
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota man claims $21.6 million Lotto America jackpot
A Minnesota man drove by this certain building nearly every day and imagined going inside one day to claim his riches.
That day came Friday for Jeffery Love of Elk River, holder of a Lotto America ticket that hit the jackpot this week for $21.6 million before taxes.
The ticket was purchased in Ramsey, at the Holiday convenience store on Ramsey Boulevard just off Hwy. 10. It matched all five numbers drawn plus the Star Ball 16, 22, 32, 36, and 42, with Star Ball number 8 to win the jackpot. ...
Jul 13, 2019, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota family wins first Lotto America jackpot worth $22.8 million
Debbie Kujava stopped at a Holiday convenience store in Roseau, Minn., to buy a Diet Sunkist after work on March 13.
While there, she decided to buy a lottery-ticket bundle for $7. She thought she might win $1 or $2.
When she realized on Thursday that her ticket matched every number for the multi-state Lotto America game, she stepped outside to calm down and smoke a cigarette.
I was shaking. My heart was beating so fast, Debbie Kujava said Monday at Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Ro ...
Mar 20, 2018, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota lottery ticket given by daughter to dad as Christmas gift hits for $1M
Don DeSaer got a lottery ticket for Christmas from his daughter a Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket. It turned out to be true to its name.
The ticket proved to be worth $1 million, and now the family of six is divvying up the winnings equally.
DeSaer, of Courtland in southern Minnesota, got the ticket from his daughter Amber DeSaer, who also bought one for herself at Casey's General Store in New Ulm, lottery officials announced Monday.
Amber said it didn't take long for her to realize ...
Jan 23, 2018, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota woman beats deadline, claims $50K lottery prize
Another ticket, however, goes poof
With barely a day to spare, a southern Minnesota woman showed up at the state's lottery headquarters in Roseville and claimed her $50,000 prize. Another person in the same situation, however, is out of luck.
Debra Newman of Austin had the good fortune to arrive Thursday to cash in the Powerball ticket, which she bought on Jan. 13, 2016. Its value would have plummeted to $0 if she had arrived after 5 p.m. on Friday the 13th.
Of the 12 $50,000 winning ti ...
Jan 17, 2017, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota father, son both win $100K in same lottery drawing
A father and son from Halstad in northwestern Minnesota both won the $100,000 top prize in the Dec. 2 All or Nothing drawing.
Pedro Ruiz Jr. was on his way to dinner Dec. 2 when his father, Pedro Ruiz Sr., called asking him to purchase All or Nothing tickets for the weekend drawings. Ruiz bought his father's ticket in Gary and later decided to buy his own ticket in Mahnomen. Ruiz Jr. played the opposite numbers that were on his father's ticket.
To win the $100,000 top prize a ticket must e ...
Dec 8, 2016, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota man comes up with 2nd big lottery win
A Minnesota man has claimed his second major lottery prize in less than 17 months, hitting a Gopher 5 jackpot last week worth nearly $875,000.
Anthony Fusaro of Plymouth, Minnesota, won $1 million playing Mega Millions just last year.
It's just pure luck, the 46-year-old Fusaro said in a statement issued Monday by lottery officials. I've always believed it would happen again.
Fusaro won an $874,766 Gopher 5 jackpot in Friday's drawing. He claimed his Mega Millions prize in June 2015.
Nov 2, 2016, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Man who makes living with horseshoes wins $1M Powerball prize
For years, horseshoes have been bringing a steady income to Minnesotan Joseph Yanish. Last week, the luck that the horseshoe symbolizes brought him a $1 million payout.
Yanish, a farrier who lives just west of the Twin Cities in Litchfield, won the $1 million prize on an impulse purchase he made at a Casey's General Store in St. Cloud.
I just had an extra couple of bucks and decided to buy two tickets at the last minute, he said.
Yanish, 33, discovered his win a couple of days after th ...
Jun 6, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery director resigns after timeshare inquiry
Minnesota State Lottery director Ed Van Petten abruptly resigned Friday, coming after an inquiry found that taxpayers have reimbursed the director for staying in his own timeshare unit when traveling.
This morning, I met with Minnesota Lottery Director Ed Van Petten, said Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff Jaime Tincher. During that meeting, Mr. Van Petten offered his resignation. I accepted his resignation. We will immediately begin a search for his replacement.
Van Petten had been reimb ...
Dec 18, 2015, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Records show alcohol-related misconduct by former MN Lottery official
The former acting director of the Minnesota State Lottery was so drunk at conferences in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami and Indianapolis that she was suspended by Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff, according to records released Wednesday by the lottery.
Johnene Canfield was eventually fired earlier this year and is now suing the state for discrimination, saying her gender and disability from alcohol dependency led to her dismissal.
She was terminated after a December 2014 incident in whic ...
Nov 7, 2015, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum