Minnesota State Lottery

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The Minnesota State Lottery is the official lottery of Minnesota. The minimum age to purchase its tickets is 18.

Money Distribution[edit]

Since the beginning of the Lottery, the distribution formula of Lottery proceeds has been adjusted multiple times. The distribution of money from the Lottery for fiscal year 2010:

Natural Resources36.2% of the in-lieu-of-sales tax on lottery tickets$11,700,000
Game & Fish Fund36.2% of the in-lieu-of-sales tax on lottery tickets$11,700,000
Ticket & Online Vendor Expense$16,285,487
Administration6.02% of Gross Receipts ($466,575,526)$28,111,000
Retailers6.42% of Gross Receipts ($466,575,526)$29,953,100
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund40% of net proceeds$31,300,000
General Fund60% of net proceeds$67,400,000
Prizes paid65%$305,315,741

Gross revenue: $466,575,526

Lottery games[edit]


Since 1990, Minnesota has been a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); the organization began Powerball in 1992. It is drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Mega Millions[edit]

On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in U.S. lottery jurisdictions. The Minnesota Lottery added Mega Millions on January 31, 2010. Its jackpots begin at $12 million, with drawings Tuesdays and Fridays.

Hot Lotto (16 members)[edit]

Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws five "white balls" numbered from 1 through 47, and one orange "Hot Ball", numbered from 1 through 19. The jackpots begin at $1 million (all-cash, and "taxes paid") and increase by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto has an option, called Sizzler (similar to the former version of Powerball's Power Play); it triples non-jackpot prizes.

The original version of Hot Lotto drew from 39 "white balls"; its jackpot was paid in 25 yearly installments unless the cash option was chosen. The format change took place on May 12, 2013.

Gopher 5[edit]

Gopher 5 is drawn Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It draws 5 numbers from 1 to 47. Gopher 5 jackpots begin at $100,000.

Northstar Cash[edit]

Northstar Cash also is drawn daily. It draws 5 numbers from 1 to 31. Jackpots begin at $25,000, increasing until there is a 5-of-5 winner.

On February 11, 2007, Raymond Snouffer Jr., an airline pilot from Maplewood, Minnesota, won Northstar Cash for the second time in two days, an occurrence that lottery officials inaccurately described as "virtually incalculable".[1] (The actual probability of this happening is merely the square of the odds of a jackpot win on a $1 wager, viz. 1:28,869,747,921, assuming he wagered $1 in both drawings).[2]

Daily 3[edit]

Daily 3 is a three-digit numbers-style game and is drawn daily. Prices, prizes, and options vary.

Scratch games[edit]

Like many American lotteries, Minnesota offers numerous scratchcard games of differing themes, prices, and prize values.


  1. ^ "Man Wins $25,000 Lottery Two Days in Row". SFGate.com. 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2008-03-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ "In Which We Are Smarter than the Minnesota Lottery". Muttroxia. 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 

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