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Estherville Woman Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Glenda Ihnen Claims $10,000 Prize from August 11 Hot Lotto® Drawing

Glenda Ihnen   Hear Glenda tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Estherville woman decided to buy a Hot Lotto ticket while getting gas and ended up winning a $10,000 prize.

Glenda Ihnen, 60, said she was unaware of the amount of money she'd won until she had her ticket validated at a local convenience store.

"I thought it was a thousand, and she goes, 'No, there's another zero on there,'" Ihnen said.

Ihnen said the convenience store clerk was as shocked as she was to see the big prize.

"She put it in there and her eyes got huge and her mouth dropped open," Ihnen said. "Then she had to go show the other people in the back and they all came out and gave me a hug and congratulated me."

Ihnen first checked her numbers at home, but didn't tell anyone what she'd won until the clerk validated her prize. The first person Ihnen told was her husband, Ron.

"He said, 'You're kidding!'" she said.

Ihnen has also told her coworkers at Steamway Cleaning in Spirit Lake where she is the office manager, as well as other friends and family.

"I came in and said, 'Guess what? I won $10,000!' And they all said, 'Yeah, right,'" Ihnen said with a laugh.

Before claiming her prize Aug. 13 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake, Ihnen said she didn't get much sleep.

"I'm still having a hard time believing it," she said.

Ihnen purchased her ticket at Casey's, 1304 18th St. in Spirit Lake. She said she plans to use some of her winnings to buy a new stove and plans to save the rest.

The winning numbers in the $4.82 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing on August 11 were: 5-10-11-15-32 and Hot Ball 4. There was no jackpot winner for that night's drawing.

Ihnen won a $10,000 prize by matching the first five numbers but missing the Hot Ball on her ticket. Had she had added the Sizzler® option to her ticket, Ihnen would have multiplied her $10,000 win by three to claim a $30,000 prize.