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Hot Lotto Player Gets Early Morning Surprise

Kristine Stiehl Claims Prize from September 15 Hot Lotto® Drawing

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An Omaha, Neb. woman said she's glad she was watching the morning news because that's how she discovered she'd won a $10,000 Hot Lotto prize from the September 15 drawing.

Kristine Stiehl, 50, couldn't contain her excitement when she found out she'd won.

"I usually call in, but on channel 6 before eight o'clock they put the numbers across the screen, so today I saw them. And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I won. I know I won something big,'" Stiehl said.

Stiehl said she took the ticket straight back to Bucky's Express, 2713 S. 24th St. in Council Bluffs, where she bought it to have it validated.

"I said, 'I think I have a big winner.' So he put it through the machine and he just couldn't believe it," Stiehl said.

Stiehl said she chooses her own numbers, but rotates the order of them on the tickets she buys. She ended up winning two more prizes of $700 each and one prize of $150 on different tickets for the same drawing.

Stiehl said she hadn't even gotten so far as to think of what she'd like to use her winnings for.

"No, I'm still shaking," she said.

Stiehl claimed her prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

The winning numbers in the $7.08 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing on Sept. 15 were: 1-3-4-11-12 and Hot Ball 4. There was no jackpot winner for that night's drawing.