- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A ticket sold in Johnson Siding won the $6.7 million Hot Lotto jackpot this week but officials say it fell short of the largest jackpot in state history.

The state has had two other Hot Lotto winners who took home even more cash, lottery spokeswoman Kelly Thompson told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1NhGjMp ).

Luverne and Shirley Vehle, of Sioux Falls, won more than $9 million in 2005, and Mary Broders, of Yankton, won more than $10 million in 2010, Thompson said.

South Dakota lottery officials said winning numbers in the Wednesday drawing were 12, 22, 31, 33 and 47, and the Hot Ball was 3.

Wednesday’s Hot Lotto winner will receive a one-time payment of $5,030,075.19, which is what is left from $6,706,766.92 after 25 percent is deducted for federal withholding tax, Thompson said.



South Dakota Lottery records show the Johnson Siding Store has a history of selling winning tickets. The store sold a $200,000 Powerball ticket in 2010, and a $30,000 Powerball ticket in 2014, according to Thompson.

The winner of this week’s lottery has not stepped forward but has about six months to claim the prize. Lottery officials encourage big winners to make necessary preparations before they claim their prize.

“For a jackpot of this amount, it’s a good idea for the ticket-holder to get their affairs in order before they contact the Lottery, whether that be talking to their financial adviser or attorney or just formulating a plan for how to deal with their newfound wealth,” Thompson said. “The better prepared they are up front, the more they can enjoy their win.”

The odds of winning the Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in about 29 million.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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