Box Elder couple nails lottery, rakes in $331K

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) – Luke and Anita Kochutin of Box Elder are the latest big winners in the South Dakota Lottery, claiming a $331,506 Dakota Cash jackpot Tuesday.

Luke Kochutin said he purchased the ticket at the West Main Street Loaf N Jug in Rapid City.

Before the Oct. 26 drawing, the Kochutins took note of the growing Dakota Cash jackpot and opted to buy more tickets than usual in hopes of their biggest win yet.

“My wife said that we should buy Dakota cash. She said that the odds, are better and the jackpot was getting bigger,” Luke said. “We kept thinking it would be nice enough to pay the house off. As it got higher, we bought more tickets.”

The couple didn’t know they won until four days after the drawing.

“It was Sunday. It was kind of a last-minute thing,” Luke said. “I decided to check the ticket that was in our truck’s glove box before going to work.”

“My first reaction was ‘oh my god,’ over and over again,” Luke said. “I told Anita that she had to come right now then our kids were looking at us like we were nuts.”

The couple plan on paying off their house, as well as making a trip to Alaska to visit family.