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Nelson wins $41,922 in lottery [UPDATED]

Published 9:36am Friday, July 12, 2013 Updated 2:30pm Monday, July 15, 2013

For The Journal

An impromtu lottery ticket purchase resulted in a $41,922 Northstar Cash jackpot win for a Fergus Falls resident.

Janet Nelson was running errands on July 3 when she decided to buy a couple of lottery tickets at the last minute.

“I figured since I’d be out of town over the holiday, that I better get some,” she said.

After checking her tickets the following morning, Nelson was shocked to see that all five numbers matched.

“It was just crazy,” she said. “It was a good thing I had that whim.”

Nelson picked the winning numbers using birth dates of family members. The winning Northstar Cash numbers drawn on July 3 were 3-4-6-20-27.

She claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on July 10. Service Food Super Value in Fergus Falls, sold the winning ticket.

A Northstar Cash Jackpot worth $58,148 from the drawing on May 18, 2013 (ticket purchased in Ramsey County) has not yet been claimed. Northstar Cash players have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.

To pay Northstar Cash, players select five numbers from 1 to 31. Matching the five numbers drawn wins the jackpot, which starts at $25,000 and grows until it is won. Players also win by matching 2, 3 or 4 of the numbers drawn.

Northstar Cash drawings are conducted daily after the Daily 3 drawing. Tickets must be purchased by 6:10 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

Visit for information about the Minnesota State Lottery, including winning numbers and unclaimed prizes. Players can also get winning numbers 24 hours a day by calling (651) 634-1111.

Pelican Rapids resident, Jacob Hayden, won $10,000 by playing the Minnesota State Lottery TWINS scratch game, claiming the prize on July 3.

The winning ticket was purchased at Trax Liquors, 109 Center Ave. W., in Dilworth.

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit all Minnesotans.

  • Ron Mexico

    So who won the money?

    • Ron

      Maybe Ringdahl’s won a new ambulance.

  • jdartin

    Nelson did……he’s going to pay for the class reunion

  • firedome60


  • Frizzel

    Class reunion, paid for by Nelson and held in an ambulance. Sounds like fun.

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