Canyon Resident Claims $3.62 million Hot Lotto® Jackpot Winner Selects $2.37 million cash option
Roseville (March 6th, 2009 – Edward M. Ruiz of Canyon is Minnesota’s newest lottery millionaire. The single quick-pick ticket Ruiz purchased for the Hot Lotto drawing on Feb. 28 won the $3.62 million jackpot. Ruiz selected the cash option of $2.37 million.
On Saturday night (Feb. 28), as the winning Hot Lotto numbers scrolled along the bottom of his television screen, Ruiz wrote them down on the newspaper and set the paper aside. The next evening he asked his wife, Mary Lou, to check the numbers. As she compared those numbers to the numbers on the ticket, she said, “We have the Hot Ball. We have 1 [number]. We have 2 [numbers]. We have them all! We won!” Edward remembers, “I got up immediately from my chair, took the ticket, looked at the newspaper, looked at the ticket and said, ‘I can’t believe this!’ and got on the Internet.”
A couple of days after winning the Hot Lotto jackpot, Edward said, “I stopped at the store the other day and bought two Powerball® tickets. I didn’t buy a Hot Lotto ticket because the jackpot was only $1 million because somebody won it!”
Immediately after the ticket was validated at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on March 4, Edward looked at his family and said, “You’re looking at a millionaire!” With a smile on his face, Edward offered the following advice: “You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket. It only takes one!”
The winning ticket was purchased at Miller Hill Super One Foods, 5401 Burning Tree Road in Duluth. The store will receive a $10,000 cash bonus for selling the winning jackpot ticket.
Ruiz is Minnesota’s seventh Hot Lotto jackpot winner since the game began in 2002. The winning Hot Lotto numbers for Feb. 28 are 3-6-21-22-27 and the Hot Ball is 2.
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