Lottery Presents Doc's Stop With Ceremonial Check, Banners About Big Win
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Lottery officials visited a Webster City convenience store Tuesday to present the location with a $5,000 check for selling a jackpot-winning ticket in the Hot Lotto® game and put up banners about the big win.
"Our retailers are some of the lottery's most important ambassadors and we're happy to be able to recognize them for their work and present this check as an 'atta boy,'" Lottery CEO Terry Rich said as he gave an oversized, ceremonial check to the management team at the Doc's Stop store.
Larry Dawson of Webster City bought a ticket at the c-store at 1827 Superior St. in Webster City that won the $9.09 million jackpot in the May 7 Hot Lotto drawing. Retail locations in Iowa receive a $5,000 bonus from the lottery for selling jackpot-winning tickets in the Hot Lotto game.
Iowa Lottery players now have won eight Hot Lotto jackpots and the last two in a row.
In addition to presenting the store with a check, lottery officials delivered two large banners that identify the location as the spot where the big winning ticket was purchased.
"We know locations that sell jackpot-winning tickets become known as 'the lucky store,'" Rich said. "Doc's Stop can put up these banners and enjoy people's comments as word spreads."
A 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.
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 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.
Hot Lotto tickets are sold in Iowa, 13 other states and the District of Columbia.