Des Moines Store Sells Ticket Winning Wednesday's $16.5 Million Jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa - A lottery ticket sold at a Des Moines convenience store won Wednesday's $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot. It's the third-largest prize ever offered in the game and Iowa Lottery players now have won a total of seven Hot Lotto jackpots.
The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Quik Trip, 4801 NE 14th St. in Des Moines, and matched all six numbers selected in Wednesday's Hot Lotto drawing. The winning numbers were: 3-12-16-26-33 and Hot Ball 11.
Staffers at the Quik Trip said Thursday morning that they had not yet heard from anyone who may be the big winner. Quik Trip will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said he's always happy to see another jackpot winner in the state.
"Iowans are having quite a run of luck with Hot Lotto, winning seven jackpots in just eight years," he said. "It's always fun for us at the lottery to meet the winners, learn their stories and share in their excitement. And, this win will definitely give a nice end to 2010 for someone - or a group of someones."
Rich encouraged the jackpot winner to get financial or legal advice before claiming the prize and to store the winning ticket in a secure place until presenting it to the lottery claim the jackpot.
"A lot of us right now are wrapping up our records for the past 12 months and making year-end decisions about our taxes and income," Rich said. "It's good timing for our newest winner or winners to get advice from a financial planner or legal advisor."
Rich also reminded everyone that the Iowa Lottery's offices will be closed Friday in observance of the New Year's holiday. The jackpot-winning ticket must be claimed at lottery headquarters, 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.
If the winner or winners have questions before claiming the prize, they are welcome to contact the lottery at (515) 725-7900. Winning tickets in the Hot Lotto game expire one year after the date of the drawing.
Iowa's six previous Hot Lotto jackpot winners are:
The Hot Lotto game began in April 2002, offering Powerball-style play but with easier odds. Hot Lotto players choose five numbers from a pool of 39 and another number, called the Hot Ball, from a pool of 19. The Hot Lotto jackpot starts at $1 million and grows until someone wins it. Tickets in the game cost $1. Hot Lotto drawings are held at about 9:40 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, just before the Powerball drawings. The Hot Lotto jackpot returns to a guaranteed $1 million for Saturday's drawing.
Hot Lotto tickets are sold in Iowa, 13 other states and the District of Columbia.