Minnesota's Top-Winning Cities

August 27, 2014 | Comment

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Does it seem like big lottery winners are from every city except yours? We often hear comments like this from players all across the state. People in the Twin Cities area often ask why all the big winners are from small towns, and people from greater Minnesota wonder why all the big winners are from the metro area.

We thought we would try to dispel the myths and let you in on a little secret—winning happens all across Minnesota. Winners are represented in every region, county, city, and town. It doesn’t matter where you live or where you purchase your tickets. What matters is that you’re willing to take a chance.

So, in which cities have players taken a chance and it has paid off the most?

Your curiosity on this topic spiked our interest, too. We thought a good place to start would be to research the number of big winning tickets—defined as $30,000 and above—that retailers in each city have sold.

After compiling data over the last ten years (July 1, 2004–June 30, 2014), we’ve determined the top-winning cities in each region of Minnesota, along with their largest win.   

Northeastern

Northeastern Minnesota

Duluth–27 winners, totaling over $6 million

A $2.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot claimed on March 16, 2009, was sold at Miller Hill Super One, 5401 Burning Tree Road.

Hibbing–12 winners, totaling over $1.4 million

A $500,000 prize from the $500,000 Magical Money scratch game claimed on May 23, 2012, was sold at Freedom Valu Center, 3017 – 1st Avenue.

Grand Rapids–11 winners, totaling over $3.5 million

A $2.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot claimed on Jan. 18, 2012, was sold at River Road Market, 302 – 7th Avenue Southeast. 

Northwestern

Northwestern Minnesota

Moorhead–21 winners, totaling over $4.2 million

A $1.4 million Gopher 5 jackpot claimed on May 14, 2014, was sold at Orton’s Moorhead Food Mart, 725 – 30th Avenue South.

Brainerd–15 winners, totaling over $2.6 million

A $1 million Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket claimed on Jan. 7, 2008, was sold at SuperAmerica, 1223 South 6th Street.

Bemidji–14 winners, totaling over $2.1 million

A $200,000 Powerball prize claimed on July 8, 2010, was sold at Simonson Station Stores, Inc., 1820 Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. 

Southwestern

Southwestern Minnesota

Hutchinson–13 winners, totaling over $2.1 million

A $1 million Powerball prize claimed on March 25, 2013, was sold at Holiday Stationstore, 1016 Highway 15 South.

Sauk Centre–9 winners, totaling a combined $775,574

A $200,000 Minnesota Vikings scratch game prize claimed on Oct. 4, 2010, was sold at Kranz Super Stop 1185 South Main Street.

Fairmont–8 winners, totaling a combined $760,000

A $200,000 prize from the $200,000 Winning Streak scratch game claimed on Dec. 29, 2008, was sold at County Market, 500 South State Street. 

Southeastern

Southeastern Minnesota

Rochester–29 winners, totaling over $3.8 million

A $1 million Powerball prize claimed on May 15, 2013, was sold at Hy-Vee Food Stores, 500 Crossroads Drive Southwest.

Austin–18 winners, totaling over $1.8 million

A $200,000 Neon 10s scratch game prize claimed on Dec. 24, 2012, was sold at Ankeny’s Mini Mart #1, 1205 Southeast Oakland Place.

Mankato–17 winners, totaling over $1.9 million

A $500,000 Deuces Wild scratch game prize claimed on Feb. 6, 2013, was sold at Kwik Trip, 1271 North River Drive. 

Twin Cities/Metro

Twin Cities/St. Cloud

St. Paul–88 winners, totaling over $10.7 million

St. Paul tops the list by selling a whopping 88 big winning tickets. Even though St. Paul has sold the largest number of big winning tickets over the past decade, the biggest was $500,000, a smaller number than most of the other cities on the list.

Minneapolis–66 winners, totaling over $11.2 million

A $1 million Mega Millions ticket claimed on March 25, 2011, was sold at Metro Petro, 2700 University Avenue.

Brooklyn Park –31 winners, totaling $5 million

A $1 million Powerball prize claimed on Feb. 7, 2014, was purchased at SuperAmerica 7601 Jolly Lane.

Coon Rapids–31 winners, totaling over $4.5 million

A $1,004,319 Gopher 5 jackpot claimed on March 4, 2014, was sold at Jensen’s Service Center at 550 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids. 


And there you have it, folks. Some of the cities that made the list may have surprised you and maybe not. Who knows, maybe you’ll help put your city on the list soon!

Remember, with tens of thousands of winners every day, the next winningest city could be yours. So take a chance, find your nearest lottery retailer, and you just might be our next big winner!

When it comes to playing the lottery, which city in Minnesota has been the luckiest for you? Leave a comment below and let us know.



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