The unclaimed prize was won nearly a year ago in the Hot Lotto® game by someone who bought a ticket at Casey’s, 101 Fifth Ave. SW in Le Mars. The lucky ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Hot Ball in the drawing on Oct. 31, 2012, to win a $10,000 prize. The winning numbers that night were: 17-26-27-30-37 and Hot Ball 17.
The winner or winners have until the close of business at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 of this year to claim the prize at one of our offices.
Hot Lotto is played in Iowa, 14 other states and the District of Columbia. The game was revamped in May, and it now has an all-cash jackpot with withholding taxes paid, meaning that if the advertised jackpot is $2 million, the winner will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment for that full amount.
In addition to the change in the jackpot, several other prize levels in the game were also increased. The eight non-jackpot prize levels in the redesigned game range from $2 (unchanged) for matching the Hot Ball alone up to $30,000 (formerly $10,000) for matching the first five numbers but missing the Hot Ball. All nonjackpot prizes still triple with the additional $1 Sizzler option, meaning a player would win $90,000 for matching the first five numbers with the Sizzler option added.
Prizes that expire without being claimed in Iowa go into the lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions. So, the money will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. How much money are we talking about? During fiscal year 2013, nearly $1.4 million in prizes expired without being claimed in Iowa lotto games.