Charles Dirnbauer of Sturgis claimed his $90,000 Hot Lotto prize from the August 17 drawing. Dirnbauer matched five of five white ball numbers but missed the Hot Ball to win the game's $30,000 second prize but because he purchased the Sizzler option for an additional dollar, his prize was tripled to $90,000.
Dirnbauer chose his own numbers when he purchased his winning ticket at BJ's Country Store on Lazelle in Sturgis but says he hadn't originally intended to get the multiplier feature.
"I've only played Sizzler a couple of times on Hot Lotto and I wasn't planning to this time but there was a mark on the play slip so that's how the ticket came out. Thank god it was on there," Dirnbauer said.
BJ's is one of two places Dirnbauer usually buys his Hot Lotto tickets; the store will get a $3,000 bonus for the sale. Dirnbauer learned he was a winner when he checked his numbers on the Lottery website and though he hasn't been a big winner for long, he's already got some plans for his winnings.
"I just bought a brand new motorcycle so now I can pay it off. And I'll pay some bills, put the rest in savings," he said.
Dirnbauer's Hot Lotto ticket wasn't the only big winner from the August 17 drawing. A ticket sold in Piedmont matched four of five numbers and the Hot Ball to win the game's $3,000 third prize. That ticket holder also purchased the Sizzler option, tripling their prize to $9,000. That winning ticket was sold at Elk Creek Valley Market on Hwy 79 in Piedmont.
Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The jackpot currently sits at $1.2 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
A Hot Lotto ticket worth $90,000 was sold in Sturgis and another Hot Lotto ticket worth $9,000 was sold in Piedmont for the August 17, 2013 drawing. Winning numbers are 7, 17, 27, 37, 39 and the Hot Ball is 9.
One lucky ticket holder matched five of five white ball numbers but missed the Hot Ball to pick up the game's $30,000 second prize. The other lucky player matched four of five white ball numbers and the Hot Ball to win Hot Lotto's $3,000 third prize. In both cases, the individuals purchased the Sizzler option for an additional dollar and tripled their prizes. The odds of winning $30,000 playing Hot Lotto are 1:1,619,158 while the odds of winning $3,000 in the game are 1:138,785.
Both winners are advised to sign the back of their tickets immediately and put them in a safe place before contacting the Rapid City Lottery office at 605-394-5106 or the Pierre Lottery office at 605-773-5770. Winners have 180 days to claim their prize.
Hot Lotto is played in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia. The jackpot currently sits at $1.2 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.