Minnesota couple wins big Gopher 5 lottery prize
After years of playing the lottery, a Witoka, Minnesota, couple hit the jackpot Tuesday.
Bob Allred hit all five numbers in the Gopher 5 lottery and won $1.4 million.
Allred and his wife, Beth, have played the lottery for many, many years.
Bob said usually they play a certain set of numbers, but on Tuesday, while visiting his father at the Sauer Memorial Home off Highway 61, he stopped in the SuperAmerica convenience store and bought five tickets with computer-generated numbers.
May 8, 2006, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Illegal deals of Minn. Lottery revealed in court documents
Authorities investigating former Minnesota lottery director George Andersen suspected he was involved in bribery, conspiracy and conflicts of interest, court documents show.Search warrants unsealed Friday lay out the still-open criminal investigation into Andersen's dealings with Media Rare, a public relations firm that had no-bid contracts with the lottery. The warrants are the first public indication that investigators thought Andersen's dealings might have amounted to more than mismanagement. ...
Dec 5, 2005, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam targets Minnesota residents
The Minnesota State Lottery is warning people of a scam in which someone is sending letters from a group called the Minnesota State Lotto Sunset Minnesota Lotto.The letters say the recipient has won a drawing but must send money to claim the prize.The letters, which include a phony check for $4,100, say the recipient has won $80,000 in a second-chance lottery drawing. The letter instructs the recipient to send $4,000 to claim the rest of their prize.The Minnesota Attorney General's Office and ...
Sep 9, 2005, 3:00 pm - Lottery News forum
New Minnesota lottery director brings fresh start
Clint Harris often uses the words trauma year to describe what happened at the Minnesota State Lottery in the months before he took over as executive director.George Andersen, who had run the lottery since its inception, had committed suicide shortly after learning that a state audit would reveal an unflattering picture of his management.Harris, at the time director of South Dakota's lottery, had close professional ties with Andersen and considered him a friend. When I came aboard, the staff h ...
Jun 20, 2005, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Key figure in MN Lottery probe dead; suicide suspected
A key figure in an ongoing criminal investigation over past contract practices of the Minnesota State Lottery has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and gambling enforcement agents will attempt to determine whether his death is connected to the probe.Michael Priesnitz, 53, was found dead Thursday afternoon on the floor of a garage at his home in International Falls. He was shot once in the head with a shotgun found near his body, according to International Falls police. ...
May 2, 2005, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery plans to add new game
Minnesota's new lottery director said the state will need to introduce a new lottery product if the lottery hopes to meet its revenue goals.The Minnesota State Lottery wants to double its revenue in the next 20 years -- from $100 million to $200 million by 2024.Lottery Director Clint Harris said to achieve the goal the lottery will need to collect about 4 percent more revenue a year. He said the current games aren't likely to generate that kind of growth.Harris said the lottery has sent a report ...
Nov 26, 2004, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Promotional Game Ruled Illegal
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a promotional game that offers up to a $250 cash prize is a form of lottery that is illegal in the state.The Appeals Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined the game, sponsored by Minnesota Souvenir Milkcaps, is really a lottery because customers pay for the chance to win a cash prize -- not for any tangible good.It's a misdemeanor to conduct a lottery in Minnesota.Attorney General Mike Hatch sued Minnesota Souvenir Milkcaps, and a R ...
Oct 13, 2004, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
N.D. Eroding Minnesota Lottery Sales
The North Dakota Lottery has taken a bite out of Minnesota Lottery Powerball sales in border cities, according to a Minnesota Lottery official.Still, sales of scratch tickets -- which are not sold in North Dakota -- have kept several Moorhead retailers near the head of the pack for overall Minnesota lottery game sales, research analyst Todd Maki said from state lottery headquarters in Roseville.Sales on both sides of the Red River remained brisk Wednesday as players bought numbers for Wednesday ...
Oct 8, 2004, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery hires S.D. lottery chief
The nationwide search for a new director to lead the beleaguered Minnesota Lottery ended close to home Thursday with the appointment of Clint Harris, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery.Harris, 49, has led the South Dakota Lottery since 2000 and posted four consecutive years of record profits beginning in 2001. In fiscal 2004, the South Dakota Lottery produced more than $115 million for a state with a population of 738,000. That's due, in part, to its reliance on video gambling, with ...
Sep 24, 2004, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota ticket wins record Hot Lotto jackpot
A ticket sold in Minnesota is the winner of a record $10.8 million Hot Lotto jackpot, lottery officials said Thursday.It was the only ticket to match the numbers 2-3-15-26-36 and the Hot Ball of 18 from Wednesday night's drawing.This is the fourth Hot Lotto jackpot won in Minnesota, the State Lottery said.The Hot Lotto win follows two recent Powerball jackpot wins in Minnesota. A Stillwater couple won an $11.1 million cash-option jackpot on July 7, and an Eden Prairie couple claimed the $53.1 m ...
Sep 17, 2004, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum