Minnesota State Lottery

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The Minnesota Lottery is the official lottery of Minnesota. It was established through a successful voter referendum in 1988. 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:

Destination Percentage Amount
Natural Resources 36.2% of the in-lieu-of-sales tax on lottery tickets $11,700,000
Game & Fish Fund 36.2% of the in-lieu-of-sales tax on lottery tickets $11,700,000
Ticket & Online Vendor Expense $16,285,487
Administration 6.02% of Gross Receipts ($466,575,526) $28,111,000
Retailers 6.42% of Gross Receipts ($466,575,526) $29,953,100
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund 40% of net proceeds $31,300,000
General Fund 60% of net proceeds $67,400,000
Prizes paid 65% $305,315,741

Gross revenue: $466,575,526

Current draw games[edit]

In-house draw games[edit]

Daily 3[edit]

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

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 and increase until won.

Northstar Cash[edit]

Also drawn daily. Five numbers 1-31 are chosen. Jackpots begin at $25,000.

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]

Multi-jurisdictional games[edit]

Hot Lotto[edit]

Hot Lotto is available through 15 lotteries, including those of Minnesota and the District of Columbia; it is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws five "white balls" numbered 1 through 47, and an "orange Hot Ball" from a second pool, of 19 numbers. Jackpots begin at $1,000,000 (cash, and "taxes-paid"), increasing by at least $50,000 per rollover. Plays are $1 each, or $2 with the "Sizzler" option; it triples a non-jackpot prize.

Lucky for Life[edit]

Lucky for Life is a lottery drawing game available in 23 states and the District Of Columbia. Players select 5 numbers from 1-48 and a sixth number from 1-18. Prizes range from $1 to $1,000 per day, every day, for the winner's life.

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. Minnesota added Mega Millions on January 31, 2010, the cross-sell expansion date. Mega Millions' most recent format change took place in October 2013; jackpots begin at $15 million. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays.

As with Hot Lotto, Mega Millions plays are $1 each, or $2 with the multiplier option, called "Megaplier", which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5.


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.

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. Archived from the original on February 18, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ "In Which We Are Smarter than the Minnesota Lottery". Muttroxia. 2007-02-18. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2008-03-08.

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