Kansas City, Kan. Couple Claims $9.43 Million Hot Lotto
A couple in their 40s from
Kansas City, Kansas, say they both like their jobs and will
continue to work, even though they are the winners of a $9.43
million Hot Lotto jackpot.
The winners, who asked the
Lottery not to disclose their identities, claimed the prize today
at Lottery headquarters, after matching all numbers in the January
12 drawing. The lucky numbers were 13-15-21-34-35 Hot Ball
"We got home from church
yesterday and my husband checked our Hot Lotto ticket on the
Lottery's website," the wife said. "When he told me we had hit the
jackpot, I was quiet for a moment and then I cried. God
knows, things have not been easy for us lately
The amount of the jackpot -
$9.43 million - was especially significant. In recent months,
the husband had twice won several hundred dollars playing the
numbers 9-4-3 on Pick 3, both in Kansas and in Missouri!
"One of my children gave me
those numbers to play," he said.
The winners have three children,
but had not yet told them about the jackpot win when they claimed
"We wanted to make sure it was
The couple elected to take the
cash option, which was worth $7,154,940. After 25% is taken
for federal taxes, $1,788,735; and 5% for state taxes, $357,747;
the winners will receive a payment of $5,008,458. They plan to use
the money to help family members and for their children's
"Our children are really good
students, and we're very proud of them. They'll be able to go to
college anywhere they want now."
The winners purchased their
lucky ticket at QuikTrip 239R, located at 555 N.
Street in Kansas City, Kansas. For
selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store receives a $2,500
The Kansas Lottery's new
executive director was especially eager to meet the jackpot winners
today. Dennis Taylor's first day on the job as Kansas Lottery
Executive Director was January 11. The very next day, Kansas
captured the Hot Lotto jackpot.
"Talk about a great way to begin
a new job - making this nice couple multimillionaires," said
This is the fifth Hot Lotto
jackpot hit in Kansas since Kansas joined the game in
This is also the third time in
less than a year that a Kansas ticket has won a multimillion dollar
jackpot in a multistate game! In March 2012, a
Franklin County resident won $218.6 million playing Mega Millions;
and in December 2012, a Johnson County resident claimed a $50
million Powerball jackpot.
Hot Lotto is played in 15
lottery jurisdictions - District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho,
Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico,
North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and West
The Hot Lotto jackpot returns to
an estimated $1 million (annuity) for Wednesday's