(PIERRE) - Mary Broders of Yankton today claimed her $10.02 million Hot Lotto jackpot for the May 26, 2010 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery offfice.
Broders purchased the Quick Pick ticket at Casey's General Store on 8th and Burleigh in Yankton. The store will receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Broders admits she almost didn't purchase a ticket for the May 26, 2010 Hot Lotto drawing but decided to swing into Casey's and pick one up as she was hurrying to her job on the night shift at Vishay Dale Electronics in Yankton. It was while she was reading the newspaper the next morning when she got home from work that she found out she was a winner.
"I looked in the paper and saw that I had the Hot Ball and the first two numbers. I thought maybe I'd won a dollar or two. Then I realized I had ALL the numbers," Broders said.
She immediately shared the news with her life partner, Roger, her mother and siblings, and followed the advice of her "level-headed" brother who told her to just act normally until she could contact an attorney and decide what to do next. So Broders did what she would normally do the day after her jackpot win - she went to work.
"Everybody was talking about it at work Thursday night and I wanted to say something, but I didn't. I think the news is pretty much all over town now, though," she said.
With the reality of her $10.02 million jackpot win still sinking in, Broders has yet to make any definite plans on what she'll do with the money. Some possible options include purchasing a newer vehicle, making some investments, and taking early retirement. She decided to take the cash option and will receive a one-time payment of $6,485,436.
An occasional lotto player depending upon the size of the jackpots, Broders says she'll continue to play even though she's now a jackpot winner.
"You just never know. You just can't believe it until it happens to you," said Broders.
Hot Lotto is played in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1: 10,939,282.