Minn. Couple Scoops Hot Lotto Jackpot

Sep 09, 14 Minn. Couple Scoops Hot Lotto Jackpot

Sept. 9, 2014 – Joe and Rhonda Meath of Bethel, Minn., yesterday came forward to collect the $11.7 Hot Lotto jackpot they won just this past Saturday.

Joe purchased the winning ticket Saturday morning, and at about 10 p.m. he found out he was rich.  The ticket matched all six winning numbers in Saturday’s Hot Lotto drawing: 1, 2, 3, 25, 30 and the Hot Ball, 19.

“I sat there for about an hour [checking and re-checking the ticket],” Joe told Minnesota Lottery officials Monday.  “Then I woke Rhonda up.”

While nearly $12 million would be reason enough for anyone to celebrate, the Meaths kept it rather low-key.  The couple said Monday that they only called three of their four children to share the big news – the fourth had a test the next day, so they figured they’d let her sleep.

And, despite becoming multi-millionaires over the weekend, they’re “not going to do anything out of the ordinary,” Joe said.

“Have to still mow the grass and get mail and put grandkids on the school bus,” Rhonda told ABC News.  She even went to her job waiting tables Monday evening, saying she enjoys her job and has no plans of leaving now that there’s a jackpot in the bank.

While they don’t plan on making any big lifestyle changes, the couple did say they’d be buying a new car, and Joe and Rhonda each had their own ideas for charitable donations.

Rhonda, who trains therapy dogs when she’s not waiting tables, said she’ll donate some money to the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation, where she volunteers.

Joe, who is retired, told ABC News that he’d be contributing to a college fund for the teenage cashier who sold him his lucky ticket.

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013

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