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Texas Couple With Iowa Ties Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

High School Class Reunion Turns Memorable For Former Denison Resident

Vicki Dixon

CLIVE, Iowa – A former Iowan returned to the state last week for his 55-year high school class reunion and is going home to Texas today the winner of a $1 million Powerball prize.

Wayne and Vicki Dixon of Allen, Texas traveled to Iowa early last week to attend Wayne's high school class reunion in Denison on Saturday.

The couple, who are both retired, said they had reservations at a hotel in Denison for the weekend, but they arrived a day early and the hotel they were staying at didn't have any vacancies. Therefore, they decided to stay at a hotel in Avoca on Wednesday before completing their journey.

As Wayne filled up the vehicle with fuel at the Wings America Travel Centre, 7005 N. Chestnut St. in Avoca, Vicki went inside to buy a Powerball ticket for that night's drawing.

The ticket stayed in Vicki's purse until Saturday morning when she decided to check it.

"The first three numbers matched," Vicki told lottery employees Monday as she and her husband claimed their prize at the lottery's headquarters in Clive. "Well then I couldn't help but look over to see what the next two numbers were and they matched."

Vicki called for her husband to double-check the ticket.

"Come over here and look at these numbers, make sure that I'm looking at the right date and the right time," she told him. "He's like, 'They look right.'"

Vicki called their three boys to tell them that she'd won.

"I said to one of my sons, 'I've got some good news.' And he's like, 'What? You won the lottery?' I said, 'I absolutely did!'" she said.

The couple said they plan use part of their winnings to pay bills and save the rest.

Vicki's winning ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in the Aug. 9 drawing to win a $1 million prize.

The winning numbers in that night's $323.5 million jackpot drawing were: 12-30-36-47-62 and Powerball 9. The Power Play® number was 4. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since June 10 and has grown to an estimated $430 million ($273.4 million cash option) for Wednesday's drawing. Wednesday's estimated jackpot currently stands as the ninth highest jackpot in the history of the game.

Dixon is Iowa's third winner of $1 million or more this year. Jeff Wolf of Iowa City ($2 million) and Karl Krumbholz ($2 million) of Cedar Rapids also claimed big prizes this year.

Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69, and another number – called the Powerball – from a separate pool of 26. The Power Play® option is available for an extra $1 per play.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today Powerball is played by 47 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Since the Iowa Lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.9 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.7 billion for state programs.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for our state's veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund; and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

Prize:                            $1 million
Federal withholding:     $250,000
State withholding:         $50,000
Net amount:                  $700,000
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