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Minnesota Lottery did not start selling lottery tickets till early 1990, two years after a 57% approval rating. Within the first six months the lottery sales had reached over $100 million dollars with half of those sales going towards prizes.

Currently for every $1 spent on a lottery ticket $0.59 goes back to prizes for players while 14.8 cents is given to the state General Fund. This fund helps support health care, education, and various other publicly funded state projects. Since 1990, the Minnesota Lottery has contributed over $930.8 million to the General Fund which in turn helps keep state taxes low.
The Minnesota lottery participates in the state-wide Powerball drawings which hold the largest jackpots in the country. In 2003 a group of players who call themselves “the happy Huskers” struck it rich when the won half of the $190.9 million jackpot. They were among one of the sixteen Minnesota residents who have hit the Powerball jackpot within the state.
Currently the lottery features various online games including instant wins, as well as instant scratch and win tickets. There are over 3,000 lottery retailers in the state of Minnesota.

Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is an online jackpot game which starts with a $1 million prize pool and continues to grow until it has been won. It is a very easy game to play and costs only $1 for your shot at the big prize. The game is available Wednesday and Saturday evenings. With this game you will have eight different ways to win and add a bonus game to double your chances. The Hot Lotto is a multi-state game played in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia.

To play Hot Lotto simply fill out a play slip at your nearest store and choose five from numbers 1 thru 19. Then you will also need to select a Hot ball number between 1 and 19. To win simply match all five numbers that was in that night’s drawing. The bonus game is the Sizzler option which can be added for $1 more. This game has a separate jackpot of $30,000.


The Gopher 5 is another online game offered only to player in the state of Minnesota with draws held every Tuesday and Friday. The game costs $1 to play and you can choose five numbers from 1 to 47. There are multiple ways to win on each ticket with a match of all five numbers awarding the jackpot. Once you order a Gopher5 ticket you will not be able to cancel it.

Gopher 5 is a cash lotto game exclusive to Minnesota. To play, just pick 5 numbers from 1 through 47. You win the all-cash Gopher 5 jackpot if you match all five numbers drawn. You win other set cash prizes for matching 4, 3 or 2 of the numbers drawn.

Daily 3

The Daily 3 is a simple to play and gives you two chances each day to win. Each ticket can be purchased starting at $0.50 followed by increments of $1, $2, $3, $4, $5 with a top prize of $600 by playing a $5 ticket and betting on a straight. To play simply choose three numbers between 1 and 9 either by filling out a play slip or asking the retailer for a quick pick. You will than bet on how you want to play the game, along with wagering amount.

Straight – To win match the winning numbers in the exact order they were drawn
Box – You can match the three numbers in any order
Straight/Box – You can win by matching your numbers in the exact order or any order.

Daily 4

To play Daily 4 you will be given the same options as the other Daily game except you will need to pick four numbers instead of three. Your numbers will still be selected between 1 and 9 along with how you want those numbers to be wagered. Tickets can be bet on a Straight, Box or Straight/Box. This game is available Monday through Saturdays and tickets cost as little as $1.

Straight – To win you must match all four numbers in the same order as they were drawn.
Box – This option allows you to match the four winning numbers in any order
Straight/Box – You can win by matching all four numbers either in the exact order or any order.


This game is very neat. It’s an instant online game played just like bingo expect you don’t have to wait for a draw to take place since the winning numbers are drawn as soon as your ticket is printed. It costs $2 to play and with a top prize of $1,000. Your odds in winning a prize are 1 in 5 and if you do get a lucky ticket you can claim it just as quick as you purchases it without having to leave the store. Since the G3 1-Card BINGO cannot be cancelled once your ticket is printed.


This game is the same as the G3 1 Card BINGO except you will receive three different games for $5. Since you’re playing more games the jackpot increases to $25,000 for a winning ticket. This game is instant which means your numbers will be drawn as soon as your ticket is printed which is why they cannot be cancelled once ordered. This game has great odds with a 1 in 3.9 chance of winning.

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