"The MN Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from the State of Minnesota"
The Minnesota State Lottery was first created back in June 1989 after a referendum saw that a sizeable 57% majority of Minnesotan voters had said “Yes” to the formation of a State Lottery in November 1988.
The Minnesota Lottery is operated by the Minnesota State government who oversee the running and organization of all Minnesota Lotto games.
When the 1st MN Lotto ticket was sold on April 17th 1990 – the aim of the MN Lottery was to benefit Minnesotans by raising money for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Greater Minnesota Corporation (GMC) – at the same time as providing exciting lottery games that offer affordable entertainment and value to its players.
This is still the case today and more detailed information on where the money goes from Minnesota Lotto games is provided further down the page.
The Minnesota State Lottery is based in Roseville, MN.
The Minnesota Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of over 3,000 authorized MN Lottery retailers throughout the State and has its Headquarters at 2645 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113.
In addition to its Headquarters in Roseville – the Minnesota State Lottery has 4 Regional Offices in Detroit, Marshall, Owatonna and Virginia.
The MN Lottery also takes part in 3 of the biggest world lotteries – the huge Multi-State USA Lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball – plus the slightly smaller but very popular Hot Lotto – all of which we will be looking into in much greater detail.
We will be looking at the various MN Lottery games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the MN State Lottery in more depth.
There are numerous games that are offered by the Minnesota State Lottery including two of the largest lotteries in the world – the Mega Millions and Powerball plus the other big, Multi-State US Lottery – the Hot Lotto.
We will first of all take a look at these Multi State US Lotteries that the Minnesota Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – the Multi State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to the other MN Lottery games available.
Currently the games offered by the MN Lottery that it is possible for players anywhere in the world to buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge USA Lottery games – the Mega Millions and the Powerball – as well as the Hot Lotto.
Other games offered by the Minnesota Lottery that you can play in-state are mentioned further down the page – if any of these Minnesota Lotto games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be writing about it here.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This huge sum is the largest lottery jackpot ever won to date in lotto history to date.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first begun on February 13th 1988.
The Minnesota Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the Minnesota Powerball – as part of its overall lottery portfolio.
The MN Powerball was first sold on April 22nd 1992 when the Powerball game was launched – as the Minnesota Lottery was already a member of the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) – having become the 12th state to join on August 14th 1990.
The Minnesota Powerball Lottery works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some massive jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Powerball Minnesota game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the Minnesota Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.59pm CST (10.59 EST).
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the MN Powerball Lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Minnesota Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing Minnesota Lottery players to increase their Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can increase your Minnesota Lottery Powerball winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.
With the Powerball Minnesota being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.59pm CST (10.59pm EST) there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest Minnesota Powerball Results at all MN Lottery retailers, from MN Lottery terminals, various newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also check up on any previous MN Powerball results.
The Minnesota Powerball Lottery results and Powerball winning numbers are also displayed on the official Lottery Minnesota website – mnlottery.com – and will be broadcast live on the following television channels throughout the State of Minnesota…
WIRT-13 in Hibbing
WDIO-TV Channel 10 in Duluth
KEYC-TV Channel 12 in Mankato
KTTC-TV Channel 10 in Rochester
KSTC.TV Channel 45 in the Twin Cities
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this MN Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the MN Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the Minnesota Lottery Powerball winning numbers down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
The overall odds of you winning any prize on the MN Powerball are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Minnesota Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on 30th March 2012. This record prize was shared between 3 Mega Millions winners from Illinois, Maryland and Kansas and is still the 2nd highest ever lottery prize to have been won in the world.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The Minnesota State Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the highly popular Mega Millions game – in this case known as the Minnesota Mega Millions lottery – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The MN Mega Millions was first sold on January 31st 2010 when the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the MN Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the cross-sales of Mega Millions in Powerball States and Powerball in Mega Millions States.
The Minnesota Mega Millions works in the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the USA that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 15 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the Minnesota Mega Millions lottery.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Mega Millions Minnesota – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 75 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 15 gold balls.
Draws for the Mega Millions Minnesota take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (11.00pm EST).
In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the Minnesota Mega Millions lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions jackpot itself.
With the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER feature – you are able to multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be increased by x5 and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can increase your Minnesota Mega Millions lottery winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the Minnesota Mega Millions lottery being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (11.00pm EST) there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest Minnesota Mega Millions Results from any Minnesota State Lottery retailer, from MN Lottery terminals, select newspapers and online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous Minnesota Mega Millions results.
The Minnesota Mega Millions winning numbers are also shown on mnlottery.com – the Lottery MN official website and will be broadcast live on the following TV channels in the State of Minnesota…
KEYC-TV (Channel 12) in Mankato
KTTC-TV (Channel 10) in Rochester
WIRT-TV (Channel 13) in Duluth/Hibbing
WDIO-TV (Channel 10) in Duluth/Hibbing
KSTC-TV (Channel 45) in Minneapolis/St.Paul
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Minnesota State Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the Minnesota Mega Millions lottery.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the Minnesota Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the MN Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Minnesota Mega Millions lottery page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the Minnesota Powerball, Mega Millions and the Hot Lotto games which can be played anywhere in the world – the MNLottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within Minnesota State itself like – Gopher 5, Cash 5, NorthStar Cash and Daily 3 plus the MNLottery Scratch Tickets.
If any of these other Minnesota Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of Minnesota at a later date we will write about it here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of Minnesota itself to take part in any of the MN Lottery games – including the Minnesota Powerball and Minnesota Mega Millions lottery.
These days though – you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online as well as the Hot Lotto Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you’re based.
So if you live outside of Minnesota or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play no matter where you live.
The Minnesota Lottery requires that all players are a minimum of 18 years of age before purchasing any MN Lottery tickets including tickets for the Minnesota Mega Millions and Minnesota Powerball.
If you have won a MN Powerball, MN Mega Millions jackpot prize – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment and you will need to make this life-changing choice within 60 days of making your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 29 year period. Hot Lotto Jackpot prizes are paid in the form of a cash lump sum.
For all MN Lottery prizes you will have 365 days from the date of the draw to make your claim before your MN Lotto ticket expires.
If your win on the MN Lottery is up to US$ 599.99 – you will be able to claim your win from any Minnesota Lotto retailer or by mail.
If you’ve had a Minnesota Lotto win of US$ 600 or more – you will need to claim your prize either at one of the MN Lottery regional offices or by mail – either way you’ll need to fill in a Minnesota Lottery ticket claim form.
If your MN Lottery win is more than US$ 30,000 – you will need to claim your prize at the MNLottery Headquarters in Roseville.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
The question of whether to have a State Lottery or not is put before Minnesotan voters in November – with 57% saying “Yes” to the creation of a lottery within the State.
The Minnesota State Lottery is created in June following legislation being passed – allocating profits to be shared between the Greater Minnesota Corporation (GMC) and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
September sees the appointment of the Minnesota Lottery’s first Director – George R. Andersen.
The very first lottery tickets are put on sale by the Minnesota Lottery on April 17th – these tickets are for Instant Scratch games.
On August 14th – the Minnesota Lottery becomes the 12th member to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and begins selling tickets for its LOTTO AMERICA game which was first drawn back on Feb 13th 1988.
Also on August 14th – the Minnesota Lottery launches its own first in-house numbers game – DAILY 3 – which is still going strong today.
The first LOTTO AMERICA jackpot to be won by a Minnesota Lottery player occurs on November 13th when Rita Oberg from Roseville wins US$ 18.5 Million.
The MN Lottery introduce another lotto game – GOPHER 5 – on May 22nd with draws on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Once again, the game is still going strong today.
On April 18th – the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) conduct the last draw of the LOTTO AMERICA game.
The following day sees the launch of a bigger and better game from the MUSL – POWERBALL – which replaces LOTTO AMERICA. The Minnesota Lottery begins selling POWERBALL tickets on April 19th.
The first Minnesota POWERBALL draw takes place on April 22nd. POWERBALL has a double matrix of 5/45 + 1/45, costs US$ 1 per play and offers jackpot odds of 1 in 54,979,155.
The first Minnesota POWERBALL jackpot winners emerge on May 13th when Bob and Nadine Lewis from Burnsville, MN win US$ 12.5 Million.
The first INSTANT MILLIONS prize of US$ 1 Million is won on June 1st by MN Lottery players Erva and Merrill Barsness from St.Paul.
The Minnesota Lottery introduce DATO! On April 11th which offers players a top prize of US$ 5,000 and seven different ways to win.
A new game is introduced by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) on September 16th – DAILY MILLIONS. Minnesota Lottery players can win a top prize of US$ 1 Million by picking 2 numbers from each of three sets of 21.
The POWERBALL game is given some changes by the Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL. November 2nd sees the matrix change to 5/49 + 1/42 and players are given the option to take jackpot winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. The annuity option is also changed from 20 to 25 years.
On March 29th – the MUSL retire the DAILY MILLIONS game.
March 30th sees the launch of a new game by the MUSL – CASH4LIFE – where Minnesota Lottery players can win US$ 1,000 a week for life.
Another Minnesota POWERBALL jackpot is won on June 30th – when Minnesota Lottery player Farrah Slad from Brainerd scoops US$ 150 Million. This still stands as the second largest Powerball jackpot to be won to date in Minnesota.
The first US$ 10 Scratch Game ticket to be launched by the MN Lottery appears on October 26th – GOLDEN TICKET GAMES – with a top prize of US$ 250,000.
On September 7th – the Multi-State Lottery Association retires the CASH4LIFE game.
A new game – ROLLDOWN – is introduced by the Multi-State Lottery Association on September 8th. Minnesota Lottery players take part right from the first draw on September 9th.
On March 4th the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) add a significant feature to the POWERBALL game – POWERPLAY – a multiplier whereby players can increase their non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 times.
March 7th sees the first POWERBALL drawing including the new Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier feature.
On April 6th – the Multi-State Lottery Association discontinue the ROLLDOWN game.
The following day – the MUSL introduce a new multi-state game which is added to the Minnesota Lottery portfolio – HOT LOTTO. Tickets are first sold on April 7th.
April 10th sees the first drawing of the new HOT LOTTO game which uses a double matrix of 5/39 + 1/19.
The first Minnesota Lottery HOT LOTTO jackpot is won on September 4th when Shirley Winston from Bloomington scoops a jackpot of US$ 2.35 Million and opts to take a cash lump sum of US$ 1.37 Million.
The Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL – changes the matrix of the POWERBALL game on October 9th. The new configuration is 5/53 + 1/42 and another feature added is the Match 5 BONUS.
February 3rd sees the Minnesota Lottery launch its G3 Games – 1-Card Bingo, 3 Card Bingo, Crossword, Pharaoh’s Gold, Cash World and Instant Poker.
The Minnesota Lottery’s daily draw show is revamped on March 1st – with numbers now drawn by a random number generator.
A new game is launched by the Minnesota Lottery on October 7th – NORTHSTAR CASH. With a matrix of 5/31 and a jackpot that starts off at US$ 25,000 – the game is drawn 7 days a week at 6.26pm.
The fourth largest Minnesota Powerball jackpot won so far was
US$ 95.5 Million which was won and shared by 16 Holdingford, Minnesota Schools employees on October 25th.
August 14th sees a MN POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 98.6 Million won by when Mary Beth and David Wenell from Eden Prairie. This still stands as the third largest Minnesota Lottery Powerball win to date.
The POWERBALL Lotto matrix is given another change by the Multi State Lottery Association on August 28th – to 5/55 + 1/42.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. This still stands as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single lottery ticket.
The Minnesota Lottery launches its Lucky, MN Players Club on May 2nd.
The first Minnesota Lottery MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE game is launched on November 1st. There are 2 guaranteed US$1 Million prizes to be won.
January 3rd sees the Multi-State Lottery Association introduce its “Sizzler” option for the HOT LOTTO game. Minnesota Lottery players are now able to play the HOT LOTTO with the “Sizzler” add-on and multiply their winnings.
The biggest jackpot ever won on the Minnesota Powerball to date was claimed by Minnesota Lottery players Paul and Sue Rosenau from Waseca on May 3rd when they scooped a massive US$ 180.1 Million.
The Minnesota Lottery replaces their G3 games with Print-N-Play games on August 5th. The games are Honeycomb Cash, Keno Cash, Pharaoh’s Gold, 1-Card Wild Joker Bingo, 3-Card Wild Joker Bingo and Gold Bar Crossword Doubler.
The Minnesota Lottery introduce an extra draw to the GOPHER 5 game on October 6th – with drawings now held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. Minnesota Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at an increased US$ 20 Million. Also a new prize level is created – where players can win US$ 1 Million with the Match 5 BONUS feature using POWERPLAY. The Powerball matrix changes to 5/59 + 1/39 and draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining the Multi State Lottery Association in selling Powerball Tickets.
On October 9th an agreement is made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets within states that offer the POWERBALL game and the sale of POWERBALL tickets within states that offer the MEGA MILLIONS game. The Minnesota Lottery will begin selling MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come January.
On January 31st the Minnesota Lottery sells its first lottery tickets for the national MEGA MILLIONS game – as a result of the recently made cross-selling agreement between the Mega Millions Consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – in October 2009.
The biggest win to date on the Minnesota Mega Millions has been the US$ 1 Million won by Minnesota Lottery players Lee Grimmer and Henry Lasser of Elk River who struck lucky on March 5th 2010 having played with the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option.
Gopher 5 produced its biggest jackpot to date of US$ 2.01 Million on November 12th.
Net proceeds realized by the Minnesota Lottery go back to the State and benefit the citizens of Minnesota in a variety of different ways.
When the Minnesota Lottery was first created – proceeds were split between the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Greater Minnesota Corporation (GMC) as well as the General Fund.
Two months after the first Minnesota Lottery tickets were put on sale – a portion of Minnesota Lottery profits was also put aside for the Infrastructure Development Fund.
From the year 2000 – the Game and Fish Fund also became a beneficiary of MN Lottery funding.
Particular areas to benefit from the spend on Minnesota Lottery tickets including Education within the State, Health and Human Services programs, Property Tax aids and credits, Economic Development, Transportation and Criminal Justice.
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