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Council Bluffs Man Discovers $30,000 Lottery Prize Online

William Tiarks Claims Prize from Jan. 26 Hot Lotto® Drawing

William Tiarks   Hear William tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Council Bluffs man said he always checks his lotto numbers on the Iowa Lottery's website, which is exactly where he discovered he'd won a $30,000 prize in the Jan. 26 Hot Lotto drawing.

William Tiarks, 52, said he was glad he had added the Sizzler® option to his ticket, which he said he always does when he plays certain numbers.

"My dad had played these numbers for years," Tiarks said. "I started playing them on Hot Lotto."

Tiarks, who is an accountant at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb., said he played the numbers from the birth months of his father, his mother and himself, as well as the date his mother received his father's draft notice and his father's birth date.

"If I had played my daughters birth month I would've won the whole thing!" Tiarks joked.

At the time Tiarks claimed his prize on Feb. 11 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs, he hadn't told anyone he'd won.

"I just wanted to make sure first," he said. "They'll believe me because I have proof now."

Tiarks said he's thinking about using some of his winnings to build a two-car garage onto his home. He said he plans to continue playing Hot Lotto.

"I'm hoping one day those numbers will come through," he said.

Tiarks purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 1745 Madison Ave. in Council Bluffs.

The winning numbers in the $1.72 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing on Jan. 26 were: 4-7-9-17-20 and Hot Ball 10. Tiarks matched the five white balls but missed the Hot Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Because he added the Sizzler option to his ticket, Tiarks multiplied his $10,000 win by three for a $30,000 prize. There was no jackpot winner for that night's drawing.

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.

Players can multiply their non-jackpot prizes by three with the Hot Lotto Sizzler option. The cost is $1 per play. Prizes are always tripled with the Hot Lotto Sizzler.