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Mark McGinty Wins $10,000 Prize in Oct. 17 Hot Lotto® Drawing

Mark McGinty   Hear Mark tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A South Sioux City, Neb. man was in Cherokee on business and ended up winning a $10,000 Hot Lotto prize with a ticket he purchased while on his trip.

Mark McGinty, 57, was making a sales call for Dakotaland Auto Sales where he works in South Sioux City when he decided to make a pit stop and pick up a Hot Lotto ticket.

"I popped up the 'ole ialottery and kind of went down through there, you know," McGinty said. "I actually checked the Hot Lotto first and kind of went through my things and was like, 'Oh, one, two, oh, oh, oh! I can't believe there's all five of them, cool!'"

McGinty said finding out he was a $10,000 winner made his day. He claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.

"Usually, like I said, I pick my own numbers but this time I let the computer do it, which, it's a good thing I did!" he said.

McGinty said he enjoys playing the Iowa Lottery's lotto games, including Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game and Hot Lotto. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 1200 N. Second St. in Cherokee.

"It's just kind of fun. I mean you go to bed at night, you buy a ticket, you know, you kind of feel you have a little something to look forward to when you wake up," he said.

McGinty said he hasn't made plans for his winnings yet.

McGinty's $10,000 winning ticket came close to winning it all in the Oct. 17 drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Hot Ball. The winning numbers in the $3.68 million Hot Lotto jackpot drawing that night were: 4-15-30-32-38 and Hot Ball 12.

Players can multiply their non-jackpot prizes by three by purchasing the Hot Lotto with Sizzler option. The cost is $1 per play. Had McGinty added the Sizzler to his ticket, he would have multiplied his win to $30,000.

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.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Players may visit the Iowa Lottery at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines or go to one of the lottery's regional offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

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