About the Minnesota Lottery
The Minnesota Lottery was an instant hit following the first sale of tickets on April 17, 1990. By August 13 of the same year, the MN Lottery had already sold $100 million of tickets and given out half of that as jackpots and prizes for winning numbers.
But it hasn't always just been winning numbers and big jackpots for Minnesota lottery players. On July 1, 2011, the sale of MN lottery tickets was actually suspended due to a state government shutdown. This shutdown was caused by a disagreement between the Governor and the state legislature and affected a number of state organisations including the lottery. The shutdown lasted for 20 days with an agreement being reached on July 20. This meant that the state lost out of more than $6 million from lottery proceeds as the previous year's average weekly revenue was $2.3 million.
However, the Minnesota Lottery has always been popular, so much so that a 2008 survey revealed that it was the most used form of gambling in the state. Of all those surveyed, 50% had purchased an MN lottery ticket in the previous year.
Minnesota Powerball is by far the most popular draw lottery in the state as it accounted for 21.1% of all MN lottery sales in 2008 while scratch lottery sales made up 65%.
It's no wonder that MN Powerball is such a big hit in the Gopher State as there's been a number of huge jackpots there. These include an October 25, 2003 win of just less than $50,000,000; a November 1, 2006 win of $47,050,000 and another two big wins within 40 days of each other. These came on July 7, 2004 and August 14, 2004 and were worth $11,143,150 and $53,118,608 respectively.
But even that isn't the end of the Minnesota Powerball jackpots as Paul Rosenau of Faribault, Minnesota won $180,100,000 on May 3, 2008 and Thomas Morris won an incredible $228,900,000 on August 10, 2011. Morris' win came after he bought five Powerball tickets from SuperAmerica in Lakeville and had even said jokingly to the store clerk: "You don't need to sell any more tickets – I have the winning one."
But MN Powerball is not the only lottery available in the North Star State; also on offer is Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Minnesota's own Daily 3, Gopher 5 and Northstar Cash. With all of these lotteries providing plenty more jackpots, there's every reason for Minnesotan's to keep their eye out for Minnesota lottery winning numbers – especially with their track record of good luck!