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Iowa County Woman Checks Powerball® Tickets, Finds $10,000-Winner

Patricha Girard Wins Big Prize in May 28 Drawing

Patricha Girard   Hear Patricha tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa County woman recently had her Powerball tickets checked at a local lottery retailer and found out she had won a big lottery prize.

Patricha Girard of Marengo matched four white balls and the Powerball in the May 28 drawing to win a $10,000 prize. She purchased her winning ticket at Big G Food Store, 310 W. Dillon St. in Marengo.

Girard said both she and the clerk were in disbelief when the lottery terminal printed out a claim form after scanning her winning Powerball ticket.

"The clerk couldn't believe it when she read it," Girard said. "She even thought she might have broken the machine."

The winning numbers in that night's $153 million Powerball drawing were: 2-24-28-32-59 and Powerball 25. The Power Play® number drawn was 3. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since April 26 and has grown to an estimated $192 million for Wednesday's drawing.

Girard said she occasionally buys Powerball tickets with the money she receives from redeeming cans and bottles, but she previously hadn't won more than $10.

"That one was just a fluke because it's always been a small amount of money to where I just buy another Powerball ticket or something," Girard told lottery employees as she claimed her prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

The 57-year-old said she told her husband, Henry, her good news, but he shrugged it off as a joke.

"He goes, 'Yeah right you won $10,000,'" she said.

Girard, who works at a landfill in Iowa County, said she plans to save a majority of her winnings.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at or through the winning numbers hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Players may visit the Iowa Lottery at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines or go to one of the lottery's regional offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

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