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Palo Alto County Woman Receives $10,000 Birthday Gift

Kim Banwart Wins Big Prize in Feb. 26 Powerball® Drawing

Kim Banwart
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Palo Alto County woman said she really had something to celebrate when the Powerball ticket her husband bought her for her birthday won a $10,000 prize in the Feb. 26 drawing.

Kim Banwart, 45, said she was home with her family when her husband and daughter decided to check their numbers online the day after the drawing.

"I heard a bunch of screaming going on in the other room," Banwart said. "They realized we had matched most of the numbers and the Powerball!"

Banwart, who is from West Bend, said she was very excited about the win and her son was screaming and yelling with excitement.

Banwart said she and her family were feeling lucky the night of the Feb. 26 drawing, so they drove to the Kampen Foods at 113 S. Broadway Ave. in West Bend and chose their own numbers on the winning Powerball ticket.

"We used our birthdays and anniversary numbers; that's how we won," Banwart said.

Banwart said she's planning to use some of her winnings to take her family on a trip to Italy.

"We've been planning this trip and we just decided this would be a good place to use the money," she said.

Banwart claimed her prize March 11 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

The winning numbers in the $182.1 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Feb. 26 were: 4-13-17-21-45 and Powerball 10. The Power Play&3174; multiplier was 5. Banwart won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Had she added the Power Play to her ticket, Banwart would have multiplied her $10,000 win by five to win a $50,000 prize.

There was one jackpot winner from Florida in the Feb. 26 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.