Sandy and Don Conrad

January 14, 2012


Grand Rapids Resident Claims Hot Lotto® Jackpot

You always hope, but you never expect to win," said Sandy Conrad as her husband, Don Conrad of Grand Rapids, Minn., 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 on Monday, 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.

River Road Market, located at 302 – 7th Ave. S.E. in Grand Rapids, sold the winning ticket and will receive a $10,000 bonus.

The cash option is worth $1.98 million before required tax withholding.