North Mankato Family Wins $2.99 Million
Hot LottoŽ Jackpot
Three members of a North Mankato family have stepped forward to claim the
$2.99 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the March 14, 2012 drawing. Thomas H. Browne, his son Lee Browne and his daughter Elaine Pleiss presented the winning ticket at Lottery headquarters in Roseville yesterday afternoon.
Thomas said he heard an announcement on the radio that the winning Hot Lotto jackpot ticket for March 14 was sold in Nicollet County. He checked his quick-pick ticket and discovered it matched the winning numbers of 1-6-13-25-27 and the Hot Ball of 15 to win the $2.99 million jackpot. "Don't ask me how many times I checked it!" Thomas said of the winning ticket.
Lee heard the same radio broadcast and thought, "I wonder if it's Dad." He learned later that his father did indeed win the jackpot when Thomas stood in Lee's garage and asked him, "Is your truck paid off?" Lee said he had a couple of years left when his dad told him about the jackpot win.
Elaine learned of her father's win on the telephone. She said her reaction to the news was, "'No way!' He said, 'No, really I did!' I went to the living room and told my boyfriend, 'Dad won the Lottery!'"
The cash option is $2.21 million before tax withholding.
PJ's Liquor, 407 Belgrade Ave. in North Mankato, sold the winning ticket and will receive a $10,000 bonus.