Weekly Highlight: Minnesota Lottery
On April 17, 1990 the Minnesota Lottery began selling its first scratch-off tickets. The Minnesota Lottery has given the state of Minnesota over 20 years of prizes and more. As the home of the recent Powerball jackpot winner, the Minnesota Lottery has a lot of reasons to celebrate.
The Minnesota Lottery began with a goal to benefit the General Fund. Since its inception, the Minnesota Lottery has given more than $2.2 billion back to the state. For every $1 spent on lottery tickets, 24% goes back to the state to benefit the General Fund.
The money from the Minnesota Lottery helps benefit different projects including K-12 education, the Minnesota environment, health care, aid to local governments, and more. The Minnesota Lottery has kept its promise for the past 22 years to keep providing for the state of Minnesota.
This year, the Minnesota Lottery celebrated its sixth straight year of record sales. For the 2012 fiscal year, the Minnesota Lottery raised more than $139 million for the Minnesota General Fund.
Recently, the Minnesota Lottery was able to celebrate being the home of one of the most recent Powerball jackpot winners. Paul White from Hamm Lake, MN claimed one third of the recent Powerball jackpot, which reached an astounding $448 million before the drawing on Wednesday August 7. White was one of 3 winners for the drawing, and the only winner from the proud state of Minnesota. He won a $149 million slice of the jackpot, and he chose the cash option for around $86 million. After taxes he’ll receive just over $58 million.
Currently, the Minnesota Lottery is giving baseball fans the chance to attend the 2014 All-Star game, which will be hosted at Target field in Minneapolis. Along with this Second Chance drawing, the Lottery offers various scratch-offs ranging from $1 to $20. They also provide players with 8 draw games including Powerball and Mega Millions.
For more information on the Minnesota Lottery and all it does for the state, check out their website and see all games you can play in the North Star State.