John "Chuck" Hoy Wins Big Prize in the May 26 Powerball® Drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Mechanicsville man won a $200,000 prize playing his lucky numbers in the May 26 Powerball drawing.
John "Chuck" Hoy said he plays the same numbers each week for Powerball, which are made up of birthdays and weddings anniversaries.
"I've been playing those same numbers for five years," explained Hoy to Lottery staff. "I went in there to get something to drink and someone was saying that someone from Mechanicsville won $200,000."
Hoy, 59, was at the Casey's located at 207 S. Madison St. in Mechanicsville where he purchased his Powerball tickets and decided he'd better have them checked.
"I got up there and they sent the first one through and it wasn't a winner," said Hoy. "[She ran] the second one through and it was [the one] and she said, 'You're the winner!'"
Hoy was shocked upon hearing the news.
"There were about six people in line and I just about fainted," laughed Hoy recalling the moment.
He claimed his prize May 28 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Hoy, a local contractor, shared the news with his wife and family.
The winning numbers on May 26 were: 1-6-10-13-20 and Powerball 32. The Power Play® multiplier was 4. Hoy matched the five white balls, but missed the Powerball to win a $200,000 prize.
For players who choose the Power Play and match five white balls (regularly a $200,000 prize), the multiplier will always be 5. If Hoy had added the Power Play, he would have won an instant $1 million.
Players can increase their prizes with the Power Play (except the jackpot) up to five times. The cost is $1 per play. The Power Play number, 2 through 5, is chosen at the beginning of the drawing indicating the amount prizes (except the jackpot) will be multiplied if that number is drawn.
Just hours after finding out about his win, Hoy was still shaking and processing it all while he claimed his prize, but said he already knew what he'd do with his winnings.
"I'm going to pay off my house and pay off all my credit card debt," said Hoy.
Hoy says he'll definitely consider adding the Power Play to his ticket next time. But he's pretty happy with his $200,000 Powerball win.
"That's better than nothing," said Hoy.