Want to Win the Lottery? Consider Buying a Ticket at a St. Paul Convenience Store

October 16, 2018 06:31 PM

Lottery fever is hitting the United States.

Tuesday's drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $667 million. No one has matched all of the numbers since July. 


Powerball is at an estimated $345 million dollars. No one has been the big winner since August. 

In Minnesota some places are luckier than others when it comes to buying a lottery ticket. The Minnesota State Lottery says Charlie's Convenience store at Town Square in downtown Saint Paul is one of the top spots in the Twin Cities for winning tickets. Over the last decade the store has paid out more than $1.1 million worth of winning tickets. 

"I sell a lot of lottery here," Charlie's owner Mel Lindholm said. "They say 'I keep coming here because every time I come I win,' that's the name of the game." 

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Not only does the Minnesota Lottery track the number of stores that sell the most big prizes, it also tracks the number of players who've hit it big multiple times.

A Chanhassen man is at the top of the list. In the last 6 years, he's won a prize of $1,000 or more 18 times, including three  $50,000 prizes.

In second place is a Minneapolis woman who has cashed 17 winning tickets of $660 or more 17 different times.

In third place is a Saint Paul woman who has won 15 big prizes in the last six years, all coming on the game "Daily Three."

The Minnesota Lottery maintains a database of people who've won prizes of $600 or more.  Below are the top repeat winners in Minnesota over the past six years


Joe Mazan

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