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Moorhead a hotspot for winning lottery tickets

by Mike McFeely

I like to tout the goodness of Moorhead because, well, I think Moorhead gets the shaft in the local media (other than KFGO, of course) when it comes to coverage. The Forum editorial pages are particularly tough on Moorhead, picking and poking at every shortcoming (real and perceived) while letting many of the same issues slide when it involves West Fargo, greater Fargo and especially the newspaper's special darling child of downtown Fargo.

If downtown Moorhead and downtown Fargo implemented the same program and had the same result (positive or negative), The Forum would bash Moorhead and praise Fargo. It seems the newspaper these days bases many of its editorial stances on personal relationships more than facts. It's just sort of sad. 

Be that as it may, Moorhead made a top 5 list for the state of Minnesota recently. The Orton Food Mart store just south of I-94 off Eighth Street is the No. 3 most-winning venue for selling Minnesota lottery tickets since June 2010. Hey, we're a winning city!

And while not a huge deal, it is some positive spin for the Spud City. Although, I'm sure Jack Zaleski and Co. will find some way, somehow to find with fault Moorhead and its city council ...


The Minnesota State Lottery released the top five winning venues from July 2010 to Nov. 2013:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

2. Cub Foods – Midway neighborhood, 1440 University Ave W., St. Paul, MN 55104

3. Orton Moorhead Food Mart, 725 30th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN 56560

4. M & H Gas - St. Paul, 721 Arcade St., St. Paul, MN 55106

5. Rainbow Foods - Minneapolis, 2919 26th Ave. S, 

Minneapolis, MN 55406

I dug through the Minnesota Lottery web site and found the list of big winners in the northwest part of the state. While it lists the city in which winning 

tickets were purchased, it doesn't specify location. But, Moorhead vendors have a sold a number of big winners since 2010. Here is the list from the state lottery. All winning tickets were purchased in Moorhead:

  • Date                 Prize                  Game               Name                     Winner's city         
  • 9/30/13             $865,385           Gopher 5          John Frisch            Fargo, N.D.                
  • 5/14/13              $1,426,560       Gopher 5          Paul Echols             Moorhead             
  • 4/5/13                $100,000          Casino Cash       Wayne Winje         Moorhead            
  • 8/10/12               $38,259           Northstar           Olinda McCabe      Moorhead              
  • 3/30/12               $28,000            Northstar          Olin Synstelien        Moorhead                  
  • 1/9/12                 $100,000         Gopher Money! Albert Santoya      Moorhead     
  • 11/05/10             $329,013         Gopher 5          Yvonne Pick           Fargo, N.D.         
  • 10/1/10              $77,777          Super Lucky 7      Patrick Fradet       West Fargo
  • 8/31/10              $250,000       Mega Millns     Gary Johnson       Balsam Lake, Wis.
  • 5/1/10                 $25,000          Northstar Cash   Ornulf Volden    Fargo, N.D.            

(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at mike.mcfeely@mwcradio.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)