Ron Funke Wins Big Prize in June 19 Powerball Drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Manchester man was lucky enough to notice an "unclaimed prizes" poster up at his local retailer, or he may have let his $10,000 Powerball prize expire.
Ron Funke, 58, was glad he hung onto his Powerball ticket from the drawing on June 19; but if he had never noticed there was an unclaimed prize from that drawing, he wouldn't have known he was the winner.
"I always buy at the Pronto station in Manchester. A couple of weeks ago they had the poster on the wall that said "unclaimed lottery winnings." I looked at it and saw the Pronto station was highlighted," Funke said.
Funke, who plays Powerball roughly once a week, said he went home and searched through his old tickets and found the one he was looking for.
"Monday morning I went in and handed them the ticket, and sure enough I was a winner!" Funke said.
Funke said he hangs onto his tickets on the off chance he might miss out on checking his numbers.
"It actually paid off!" he said. "If it hadn't been posted, I would have never known it. You can't claim it if you don't know you've got it."
After discovering his win, Funke called his wife, Mary. He said she was very excited.
"We talked about it on Saturday when I checked the lottery thing and said, 'Wouldn't it be neat if we won that?' So I called her and said, 'Guess what? I really did win!'" Funke said.
Funke, who is a truck driver for Bennett Explosives in Manchester, said he plans to use some of his winnings to take a trip with his wife.
Prizes in lotto games like Powerball, Mega Millions® and Hot Lotto® are valid for 365 days from the date of the drawing. Funke claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids, he beat the deadline of his prize's expiration date by exactly two months.
Funke purchased his winning ticket at Pronto Market, 316 E. Main St. in Manchester.
The winning numbers in the $79.1 million Powerball jackpot drawing on June 19 were: 9-30-31-50-54 and Powerball 39. The Power Play® multiplier was 3. Funke won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Had he added the Power Play to his ticket, Funke would have multiplied his $10,000 win by three to win a $30,000 prize.
There was no jackpot winner in the June 19 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.