Hot off the Press: Minnesotan Claims $2.61 Million Hot Lotto Jackpot

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You always hope, but you never expect to win, said Sandy Conrad as her husband, Don Conrad of Grand Rapids, claimed a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $2.61 million.

I always buy a ticket, said Sandy.

I didn’t think much about it. When I went to work, somebody said, “Someone in Itasca County won Hot Lotto!’

I had to work late and when I got home, Don said, “Get on the computer [to check the winning numbers.]’ I printed off the numbers and checked. She saw that all six numbers on the first line of her five-line quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers and told Don.

I jumped up and ran out there and looked. I just couldn’t believe it, he said.

Don is retired, but Sandy had to go to work at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review newspaper the next morning to ask for a day off to claim the prize.

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