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"Girls Night Out" Group Wins $50,000 Powerball® Prize

Group of Coworkers Wins Prize in Nov. 13 Powerball Drawing

Patricia Donlin Patricia Donlin claims the prize for the six member "Girls Night Out" group.
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of six coworkers from Le Mars, calling themselves "Girls Night Out," were thrilled to claim a $50,000 Powerball prize from the Nov. 13 drawing.

Patricia Donlin, 69, claimed the prize on behalf of the group. Donlin, who has since retired from the Le Mars Medical Clinic where each of the six group members met and most still work, purchases the tickets for the group as well.

"I went through the whole thing like three times and it kept coming up the same!" Donlin said. "Never in a million years did I think we'd get that lucky."

Donlin checked the group's numbers online the day after the drawing when she discovered the win. She let the rest of the group members know by sending them an e-mail titled, "We won! We won!"

"We just won twenty dollars not too long ago and when I e-mailed them I put, 'We won! We won!' in the subject line but then had to tell them how much," Donlin said. "So when I did it this time they thought I was kidding."

Donlin said after each of the women received the e-mail she started getting phone calls from them asking if she was kidding.

"Once they believed me they were thrilled. It's just wonderful. We're just very excited," she said.

Donlin said she plans to use her share of the winnings to contribute to a trip with her husband to Singapore in February. She said the group plans to continue playing in hopes of winning big again.

Donlin claimed the prize on behalf of the group Nov. 15 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. She purchased the winning ticket at Car-Go Express, 327 Plymouth St. N.E. in Le Mars.

The other members of the Girls Night Out group include: Barbara Rhodes, Le Mars; Jill Young, Le Mars; Sue Schneider, Le Mars; Michelle Morehead, Le Mars and Michelle Wright, Merrill.

The winning numbers in the Nov. 13 $25 million Powerball jackpot drawing were 17-30-48-51-54 and Powerball 29. The Power Play® multiplier was 5. The Girls Night Out group won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Because Donlin added the Power Play to their ticket, the group members multiplied their $10,000 win by five to win a $50,000 prize.

There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's drawing.

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.

For players who choose the Power Play and match five white balls (regularly a $200,000 prize), the multiplier will always be 5, so those players would win an instant $1 million.