Charles Dirnbauer of Sturgis on August 19, 2013 claimed his $90,000 Hot Lotto prize from the August 17, 2013 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/Conoco 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 $9,000 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.