A Waterloo man who is Iowa’s newest lottery millionaire has one goal in mind through the process: He wants to remain calm.
His family, however, is having some trouble following that plan. As you might expect.
“I am very calm about it. These guys are more uptight about it than I am,” Wally Markham said with a chuckle as he claimed his prize.
Wally Markham, 65, of Waterloo, Iowa, traveled to lottery headquarters in Des Moines to claim the $7.54 million jackpot from Saturday night’s Hot Lotto® drawing. He was accompanied by his girlfriend, Vicky Lindquist of Waterloo, and her daughter and granddaughter, also of Waterloo.
Markham’s jackpot win was the third in a year for Iowa, following a Hot Lotto jackpot of more than $9 million won in May in Webster City and another jackpot in the game of more than $16.5 million won in December in Des Moines.
Markham purchased his ticket in Waterloo and said it’s his usual stop for lottery tickets.
Markham said he learned he might be the big winner on Sunday morning, after he had given his newspaper to his neighbor to read.
His neighbor called him and asked if he had a Hot Lotto ticket. Wally said he did, and the neighbor read the winning numbers to him that were printed in the paper.
“He said, ‘How’d you fare?’ I said, ‘I won,'” recalled Markham, who retired after working for 36 years at the Deere & Co. plant in Waterloo. “He said, ‘Is that all you’re going to say?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I won.’ But I went over and looked at it, too.”