Iowa Lottery Players Have Now Won Two Hot Lotto Jackpots In A Row
DES MOINES, Iowa - is definitely on a winning streak in the Hot Lotto game! For the second time in a row, an Iowa Lottery player has won the game's jackpot, this time a prize of nearly $9.1 million.
The latest big prize was won with a ticket purchased at Doc's Stop convenience store, 1827 Superior St. in Webster City. That follows a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in December with a ticket purchased in Des Moines. And those two big prizes, along with a $1 million Powerball prize won last month in Boone, for now remain unclaimed.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said the lottery definitely hopes to meet the big winners soon.
"It's unusual for us to see this many big unclaimed prizes, let alone all at one time," Rich said. "We're spreading the word about all these prizes in the hopes that the lucky winners will double-check their tickets and come in so we can help celebrate their big news."
Iowa Lottery players now have won eight Hot Lotto jackpots.
Renee Ford, a clerk working Sunday at Doc's Stop, said the store had not yet heard from anyone claiming to be the big winner, but she was excited to hear the news.
"We've been hoping somebody around here would win it," she said. "I'm so happy for whoever it is. This is exciting."
Doc's Stop will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
The winning numbers in Saturday's $9.09 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing were: 9-12-16-25-29 and Hot Ball 9. The Webster City ticket matched all six numbers drawn to win the grand prize. In addition to the jackpot, Iowa Lottery players won 6,522 other prizes in Saturday's drawing.
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 to claim the jackpot.
The Hot Lotto jackpot won in December in Des Moines remains unclaimed and the lottery continues to search for that winner. In addition to holding news conferences to call attention to the prize and spreading the word through social media, the lottery has put up a big banner at the store that sold the winning ticket and distributed information about the unclaimed prize to all of its other retail locations in the state.
"Someone - or a group of someones - has legitimately won these prizes and we want them to take home their winnings," Rich said.
The December jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Quik Trip, 4801 NE 14th St. in Des Moines. It matched all six numbers drawn to win the grand prize of $16.5 million in the Dec. 29 drawing, the third-largest jackpot ever offered in the game. The winning numbers that night were: 3-12-16-26-33 and Hot Ball 11.
The $1 million-winning Powerball® ticket purchased in Boone originally matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $200,000 prize in the April 30 drawing. But the player who purchased the ticket also added the Power Play® option to the winning play, which multiplied the prize to $1 million. If your ticket matches the first five numbers in a Powerball drawing and you've added the Power Play, the prize you'll win is always $1 million, no matter what the Power Play number is for that drawing.
The winning numbers in the April 30 Powerball drawing were: 6-13-15-32-41 and Powerball 3. The Power Play number was 2.
All three big prizes must be claimed at lottery headquarters, 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.
If the winners have questions before claiming their prizes, they are welcome to contact the lottery at (515) 725-7900. Winning tickets in the Hot Lotto and Powerball games expire one year from the date of the drawing involved.
The six Iowa Lottery players who have claimed Hot Lotto jackpots 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 Wednesday's drawing.
Hot Lotto tickets are sold in Iowa, 13 other states and the District of Columbia.