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Wisconsin couple wins record Hot Lotto jackpot

Associated Press

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A Wisconsin couple on Thursday claimed the record $10.8 million Hot Lotto jackpot.

Mary and Bob Mikkelson of Holmen, Wis., said they aren't sure what they'll do with their winnings from the Sept. 15 drawing. They chose to accept the cash option of $6.4 million.

On the day of the drawing, the Mikkelsons crossed the border and bought lottery tickets at Saver Stop on Twilite Street in La Crescent. Bob Mikkelson was an avid lottery player, but before entering the store, Mary Mikkelson decided to get in the game.

"She gave me $4 and said 'Buy two Powerball and two Hot Lotto,"' Bob Mikkelson said.

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That evening the couple checked their tickets. Bob's tickets were nonwinners. But his wife's showed something different.

"I said, 'Hey, you've got the first five numbers right,' So I had to check the Hot Ball. I thought, 'This can't be.' So, I went to the computer to see if it was right," he said.

The winning numbers were 2-3-15-26-36 and the Hot Ball of 18.

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