Minnesota Couple Wins $11.7 Million Hot Lotto Jackpot

Wednesday September 10th 2014

A lucky Minnesota couple who won an $11.7 million Hot Lotto jackpot have said that they don’t plan to do anything “out of the ordinary” with their windfall. Rhonda and Joe Meath of Bethel, Minnesota, scooped the top prize on Saturday after Joe picked up a ten-line Hot Lotto ticket that same morning. As Hot Lotto pays all of the state and federal taxes on a jackpot win, Rhonda and Joe will receive every penny of the $11.7 million they won on Saturday.

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The couple have said they intend to keep things simple and live their lives as they’ve always done. Joe plans to keep his truck, which has about 280,000 miles on it. Rhonda, a waitress, says that she doesn’t want to leave her job. “I have great friends here and a great boss, and it’s just really a fantastic place to work, so I have no plans of leaving,” she said, adding that “I think the kitchen staff is going to be a little nicer to me.”

However, they do plan to buy a new car for Rhonda and have started figuring out which charities they plan on supporting in the near future. One project that will see a piece of the Meath’s new fortune is the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation, which helps train police dogs. Rhonda is currently a volunteer at the foundation. Joe also plans to pay into a college fund for the gas station clerk who sold him the winning Hot Lotto ticket.

Hot Lotto is a great interstate lottery game offered by the same group that runs Powerball. Drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, and the game offers a minimum jackpot of $1 million, which increases by a minimum $50,000 each time a jackpot isn’t won. 

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