Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the ambassador to Japan on Tuesday. So, that had Wendy from Eagan wondering: What does being an ambassador entail? According to the U.S. State Department, a U.S. ambassador is the president’s highest-ranking representative to another country. That person’s main role is to coordinate the Foreign Service office and the staff that serves under him or her. An ambassador is nominated by the president, but must be approved by the Senate. Some ambassadors are long-time diplomats, and others have been political friends or allies. In this case, Caroline Kennedy is a well-known person from prominent political family who will fill a high-profile ambassadorship.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters of the deadline for applying for an antlerless deer permit, special hunts or a wolf hunting or trapping license. The deadline is midnight Thursday.
Minnesota lottery officials announced Thursday morning that the winning ticket in Wednesday night’s massive Powerball jackpot was sold in Anoka County. Minnesota had a single winning ticket for the $448 million jackpot, with two others sold in New Jersey.
The Minnesota Lottery will set a new sales record for the sixth consecutive year. According to the Lottery’s Executive Director Ed Van Petten, last year’s record amount of $520 million will easily be passed. “Sales for the current fiscal year were already ahead of last years by the end of May,” Van Petten said. “When we close out the fiscal year on June 30, we will be well ahead of last year’s total sales.”
Minnesota State Lottery players won nearly $3.9 million in prizes during the 6 ½-week run up to Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot drawing. The run ended with a single $590.5 million winning ticket sold in Florida. But two tickets sold in Minnesota for the drawing are worth $10,000.
One single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history.The winner numbers are 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and the Powerball is 11.
Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is a record $600 million. And Kjirsten Johnson from Forest Lake asked: What happens if a winner doesn’t claim it? By law, if someone wins, but doesn’t claim their prize, the money goes into the state’s General Fund — the main bank account for state government.
The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing has jumped to $600 million, according to the multi-state lottery’s website, a new record for the Powerball franchise. The top prize now has an estimated cash value of $376 million.
Didn’t score tickets to the sold-out debut of “The Book of Mormon” in February? Well, you’re not totally out of luck.
St. Paul’s great picnic pick is at hand. City residents aiming for the first crack at prime park permits for their 2013 picnics have a chance to land them in a special lottery.
The two grand-prize-winning Powerball tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri, but seven tickets sold in Minnesota qualified as nice consolation prizes.
The odds of winning the Powerball are about 171 million to 1. But a $2 ticket does buy you a chance to dream. And probably a whole new group of friends you never knew you had.
Hunters and trappers who entered the lottery for licenses in Minnesota’s first-ever wolf season can now check online to see if they won.
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association reminds hunters this is the last day to apply for lottery antlerless deer and wolf hunting permits.
State lottery officials are not only delighted, they’re also surprised by another record year for ticket sales.