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Webster City Man Claims $9 Million Hot Lotto Jackpot

Iowa Lottery Players Have Won Two Hot Lotto Jackpots In A Row, Eight Overall

Larry Dawson and family Larry Dawson and his family with their ceremonial check.
  Hear Larry tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's latest jackpot winner didn't need to follow the lottery's advice of consulting a financial planner before claiming his big prize. That's because he is a financial planner.

Larry Dawson, 58, of Webster City, traveled to lottery headquarters in Des Moines on Monday to claim the $9.09 million jackpot from Saturday night's Hot Lotto® drawing. With him was his entire immediate family: his wife, Kathy, their four grown children, their spouses, and the Dawsons' 10 grandchildren, including the newest member of the family, their 8-week-old granddaughter, Summer.

"I work with money, so it's kind of fun to look at the options and see what to do," Dawson said as he claimed his prize. "We've got a lot of plans. I've been in business for 31 years, my sons are in the business, my daughter is in the business and my other daughter is a school teacher. So, it's kind of exciting because we can expand our business and do some of those things that we've kind of been putting off."

Dawson's jackpot win was the second in a row for Iowa, following a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in December with a ticket purchased in Des Moines. That big prize, along with a $1 million Powerball prize won last month in Boone, for now remain unclaimed.

Dawson purchased his ticket at Doc's Stop convenience store, 1827 Superior St. in Webster City. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

Dawson said that he and his wife started playing Hot Lotto a few months ago after reading a book that purported to have the secret winning the lottery. His strategy was to buy 19 plays for each drawing to cover all of the Hot Ball options in the game. But he admits he was beginning to doubt the book's advice.

"We were just getting to the point where I said, 'You know, this just isn't worth it. I don't think I'm going to do this anymore,'" he said. "But we played one more time and … it's kind of nice!"

Dawson, who owns a financial-advisory agency -- TransAmerica Financial Advisors, Larry Dawson and Associates - said he realized he was a big winner Sunday morning when he checked the winning numbers online at the lottery website. Then he called the lottery's winning numbers telephone line just to double-check the details, and after that he and his wife called their family and decided to take a family trip to Des Moines for the night.

Dawson joked that it ruined his Mother's Day present for his wife.

"I said, 'I did get something else, but there's no use in showing it now,'" he said with a laugh. "Actually, it's a spa treatment and she did like that."

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that the lottery was happy to meet Dawson and process his claim and hopes to meet the other big winners soon.

"We couldn't be happier to see Iowans winning big," Rich said. "It is unusual for us to see this many big unclaimed prizes though, let alone all at one time. We're spreading the word about them in the hopes that the lucky winners will double-check their tickets and come in so we can help them celebrate their big news, too."

Iowa Lottery players now have won eight Hot Lotto jackpots.

The winning numbers in Saturday's $9.09 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing were: 9-12-16-25-29 and Hot Ball 9. Dawson's 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.

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.

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.

"Someone - or a group of someones - has legitimately won these prizes and we want them to take home their winnings," Rich said.

Both of the big unclaimed 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.

In addition to Dawson, the six other Iowa Lottery players who have claimed Hot Lotto jackpots are:

  • John Hall of Indianola, who won a $19.97 million jackpot in January 2007. It was the largest prize offered in the game to date.
  • Moses Bittok of West Des Moines, who won a $1.89 million jackpot in September 2005.
  • Danny Good of Des Moines, who won a $1.65 million jackpot in December 2003.
  • Todd Brobston of Fort Madison, who won a $1.3 million jackpot in November 2003.
  • Don Sporrer of Denison, who won a $2.7 million prize in December 2002.
  • Darlene Becker of Dubuque, who won the first jackpot ever claimed in the game, a $2.6 million prize in the drawing on July 10, 2002.

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.

Jackpot amount: $9,090,000.00  
Chosen to receive as: $6,024,531.64 cash option
Federal withholding: $1,506,132.91  
State withholding: $301,226,59  
Net amount: $4,217.172.14