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Iowa Powerball winner claims $343.9 million check

She nearly lost the ticket after leaving it on the floor of her sister’s truck.

Single mom almost missed out on $350M Powerball jackpot

A single mother was all smiles (and a few tears) recently when she claimed a $343.9 million check for being one of two winners of the $687.8 million Powerball jackpot.

“I have been extremely blessed to win this big Powerball,” Lerynne West, 51, of Redfield, Iowa, said during a news conference Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters. “This will forever change my life.”

West, the mother of three adult daughters and six grandchildren, said she’d worked full time and attended school full time as she raised her children. She thanked her family and friends, some of whom were present at Monday’s event, for their love and support.

“My girls and I used to dream of winning the lottery,” West said. “Never thought we would be here today.”

West said she would take the $198.1 million lump-sum option.

“I know the responsibility that I have to do good with this money.”

In a news release Monday, the Iowa Lottery said this latest drawing was the largest lottery prize ever won in the state. The other jackpot winner was in New York City, though that winning ticket had yet to be claimed.

West said Monday she usually played the lottery twice a week when she had the money. She said the most she’d ever won prior to the Powerball jackpot was $150.

On Oct. 26, West, who had just purchased her first home, was with her sister when she bought a lottery ticket while grabbing a bite to eat and some coffee. When she got into her sister’s truck, she said, she thought she’d put the tickets into her purse.

The morning day after the Oct. 27 Powerball drawing, a friend called her to say that someone had won in Iowa. When she couldn’t find her tickets, West said, she called her sister who found them on the floor of her truck and sent her a picture of the numbers. When West checked them against the winning numbers, she was in disbelief.

“I said to my sister, ‘Get that ticket, get in your truck and get up here now — and drive slow,'” West said Monday.

A now-retired health care analyst, West said her winnings would ensure her grandchildren were able to afford college and that she could take care of her family, including seven siblings and her mother.

She said her family had also established the Callum Foundation, named after a grandson who was born prematurely and died a day later, to help others in need.

“I know the responsibility that I have to do good with this money. I do consider myself very lucky and very blessed,” she said. “I never want to forget where I came from.”

Lerynne West, a single mother and grandmother in Iowa, spoke repeatedly about her life being changed and feeling a sense of responsibility to help others.

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Iowa Powerball Prize Amounts

Numbers Correct Prize Power Play 2X Power Play 3X Power Play 4X Power Play 5X Power Play 10X
5 of 5 w/ Powerball Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize
5 of 5 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
4 of 5 w/ Powerball $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
4 of 5 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 w/ Powerball $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
2 of 5 w/ Powerball $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
1 of 5 w/ Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
0 of 5 w/ Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40

Iowa Powerball FAQs

Can I buy a IA Powerball ticket online?

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When is the Iowa Powerball?

Iowa Powerball drawings take place twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

What time is the Iowa Powerball drawing?

How much is the IA Powerball jackpot?

Powerball jackpots roll over until there is a winner or multiple winners. Once one or multiple winners have hit the grand prize, the Powerball resets to the minimum jackpot. You can find the latest Iowa Powerball jackpot amounts here on the Lottery.com Iowa Powerball Jackpots page.

Did anyone win the IA Powerball?

When Powerball resets to the minimum jackpot, it’s an indication that one or more players won in the most recent drawing.

What are the IA Powerball winning numbers?

View the latest Powerball winning numbers in the Lottery.com app or on the Lottery.com website following each drawing here on the Iowa Powerball Results page.

What are the odds of winning?

Higher than you think! The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9.

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