Eugene Dice Claims Prize from September 11 Hot Lotto® Drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Sergeant Bluff man said he feels a little closer to his dreams of winning a jackpot prize after winning a $30,000 prize playing Hot Lotto.
Eugene Dice, 63, said he likes to play Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Hot Lotto because of his chance to win big. Dice said he was ecstatic to find out he'd won a $30,000 prize.
"The thing went off that I was a winner and I said, 'You've got to be kidding,'" Dice said.
Dice, a maintenance worker, had his ticket validated at the same place he purchased it. He said the cashier that checked his ticket was even more excited than he was.
"It took her breath away," he said.
Dice won a $10,000 prize by matching the first five numbers but missing the Hot Ball on his ticket. Because he had added the Sizzler® option to his ticket, Dice multiplied his $10,000 win by three to claim a $30,000 prize.
Dice said he always plays the multiplier option on all his lotto tickets.
"Got started doing it and I just thought, 'Another dollar would be a chance if you won a little bit, maybe it would be a little bit more,'" he said.
Dice said even though the cashier was excited enough to tell most people, he's called a few people himself, including his dad.
"My dad is eighty-eight and really excited. He said, 'Man, you've worked really hard all your life and this is the time of year you need help, so it's going to be really good,'" Dice said.
Dice said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as buy a lawn mower.
Dice said if he ever won a jackpot prize in any of the lotto games, he dreams of buying a farm.
"A couple hundred acres; room for my horses and I have a Siberian husky, so it'd be a good place for me and the horses and dogs," he said.
Dice claimed his prize Sept. 14 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs. He purchased his winning ticket at Sioux Harbor Travel Plaza, 2525 Singing Hills Blvd. in Sioux City.
The winning numbers in the $6.85 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing on Sept. 11 were: 1-6-12-27-32 and Hot Ball 1. There was no jackpot winner for that night's drawing.