How to play Gopher 5
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How to Play Gopher 5

To play or not to play? Just gopher it.

Proud to be a Minnesotan? Meet the jackpot game you can ONLY get in the The Gopher State.

Gopher 5: The Fast Facts

Cost: $1

Jackpot: Rolling jackpots start at $100,000

Drawings: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:17 p.m. CT

Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 12

Biggest Gopher 5 jackpot in history: $2.01 million

How to Play

Select 5 numbers from 1–47. Or Quick Pick. That's it!

Gopher 5 Prizes

There are 4 ways to win a Gopher 5 prize. Match 5 of 5 numbers to hit the jackpot! Match 2 of 5 numbers to break even. 

Prizes and odds for Gopher 5
Match Win Odds
5 of 5 Jackpot 1 in 1,533,939
4 of 5 $500 1 in 7,304
3 of 5 $15 1 in 178
2 of 5 $1 1 in 13

Drawings and Winners

Winning numbers for Gopher 5 are drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:17 PM.

If you bought your Gopher 5 ticket in person, prizes up to $50,000 are claimable by mail. Learn more here.

Other games available in Minnesota

What other lottery games can you participate in besides Gopher 5 in Minnesota? Let’s take a look: 

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Lotto America
  • North 5
  • Pick 3

With plenty of options to choose from, it’s time to go ahead and have some fun!

Did You Win a Prize in the Gopher 5 lottery?

If you’re a Jackpocket user…

You are automatically notified when you win on Jackpocket. No prize left behind! For Minnesota Minneosta lottery prizes up to $599.99 or below (the threshold in MN), we will credit your account for the full amount. Use your winnings to play again or transfer them to your bank account. If you win $600 or more, we arrange to have the ticket securely delivered to you so you can claim your prize with the Minnesota State Lottery.

If you got your ticket through your local lottery retailer, you can claim prizes up to $599.99 though the retailer where you ordered your ticket. Prizes between $600 and $50,000 can be claimed by mail. See the Minnesota Lottery website for additional information.


I won a prize! Can I remain anonymous?

It depends! If your prize is above $10,000, you can remain anonymous. Here's what the Minnesota Lottery says: "For lottery prize winners above $10,000 cash, the prize amount, game name, and retailer name and city (where the winning ticket was purchased) is the only information that is considered public. For all winners $600+, only the prize amount and retailer information is posted on"

If I buy a Quick Pick ticket, can someone else get the same numbers?

All numbers are always available to every player. Just as it’s possible for someone else to choose the same numbers you have for your ticket, Quick Pick numbers can appear on more than one ticket since the numbers are randomly chosen.

Can I play other state’s lottery games?

Due to state regulations, you must be physically present in a state to participate in that state’s lottery games whether that’s visiting a brick and mortar retailer or ordering your ticket with the Jackpocket lottery app. You can order tickets in a state you are visiting, though if you win big, plan on making another trip to that state to claim your prize. 

That’s all you need to know to start playing Gopher 5 like a champ!

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