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Lucky Powerball® Numbers Pay Off For Story County Man

David O'Donnell Wins $10,000 Prize in June 4 Drawing

David O'Donnell   Hear David tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Story County man's lucky Powerball numbers finally paid off.

"We've been using the same numbers for 20 or 25 years and it's finally paid off after all this time," said David O'Donnell of Colo.

The retired farmer matched four white balls and the Powerball in Wednesday night's drawing to win a $10,000 prize.

O'Donnell claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 702 U.S. Highway 65 in Colo.

The winning numbers in that night's $196 million Powerball drawing were: 1-7-10-22-49 and Powerball 24. The Power Play® number drawn was 3. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since April 26 and has grown to an estimated $221 million for Saturday's drawing.

O'Donnell said his lucky Powerball numbers represent his birthday (July 24), his wife - Sue's birthday (Feb. 1) and their wedding anniversary (Oct. 22).

When he checked his ticket Thursday morning, O'Donnell said he first noticed that he correctly matched the Powerball number and knew that he had a winning ticket, but he didn't know how much he had won until he finished checking the rest of the numbers.

"Well then I looked and here was a '1' and a '7' and I thought, 'Wait a minute,'" O'Donnell said. "That's when I yelled for (my wife) to come downstairs to verify that I wasn't reading it wrong. We looked at it umpteen times and said, 'Yeah, it's right!'"

O'Donnell said he had planned to visit his brother Thursday morning, but after winning a big lottery prize his plans changed.

"I told him I wouldn't be out this morning, we had to go to Des Moines," he said. "He goes, 'Oh sure!'"

O'Donnell said his lottery winnings will most likely be used to buy a new deck for his home, but a final decision is yet to be made.

And as for his lucky Powerball numbers, O'Donnell said he doesn't plan to change them.

"Someday they might come up again," he said.

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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