The Minnesota Lottery has a variety of scratch-off tickets ranging in price from $1 to $50. Personally, I don't have the guts (or the money) to drop $50 on a lottery ticket, but I do treat myself to the cheaper ones now and then just for fun.

I haven't had much luck myself—usually, I don't win and when I do it's never more than $20. But there are people in Minnesota who have better fortune than me and have scored big piles of cash. Lottery officials have announced that four tickets sold recently will pay life-changing amounts of money.

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Did you know that Americans shelled out a whopping $17 billion on lottery tickets in 2023? According to Yahoo Finance, the average person in the United States spent a little over $50 on tickets.

Here in Minnesota, we're a bit below that average. Collectively, Minnesotans spent $205,179,563 on lotto tickets last year, with each person here averaging just under $36 spent on the lottery for the whole year.

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See the BIGGEST LOTTO Winners in U.S. History at the bottom of this story.

Lately, there have been several scratch-off winners worth mentioning. One person in St. Louis Park struck gold with a $50,000 ticket from Youngstedt's Minnoco, while another in Becker also snagged $50,000 from a Speedway ticket. In Minneapolis, someone celebrated a $25,000 win from Lunds & Byerlys.

These wins are definitely exciting, but the next four winners scored even bigger jackpots!

Lottery Officials Celebrate Four Massive Winners in Minnesota

A $100,000 winning ticket was sold at the Holiday Store in New Brighton on June 10th.

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Just five days earlier, another lucky person bought a ticket at Express Lane in Austin and won $200,000.

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Two weeks ago, a ticket purchased at a Holiday in Brooklyn Park brought its owner $500,000.

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On May 20th, another big winner hit half a million dollars with a ticket bought at Speedway in Vadnais Heights.

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LOOK: The largest lottery jackpots in US history

Stacker compiled a list of the 15 largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history from news reports and lottery press releases. [This list is current as of July 25, 2023.]

Gallery Credit: Chandler Friedman