Ronald Kistner Wins $10,000 Prize in Sept. 24 Powerball® Drawing
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Jefferson, S.D. man didn't think anything of it when he overheard the clerks at his favorite retailer in Sioux City chatting about selling a Powerball ticket that won a $10,000 prize. But when he checked his tickets two weeks later, he realized he was the big winner.
Ronald Kistner, 72, said he usually saves up his Powerball tickets and checks several at a time, so he had no idea he'd won a $10,000 prize in the Sept. 24 drawing.
"I thought, 'My pocket is getting big, I'm going to go check those tickets,'" Kistner said. "I got to about the last one and that was the $10,000 winner."
Kistner said he was by himself when he checked his tickets, and he couldn't wait to tell his wife, Dot.
"If I had called her, she wouldn't have been able to control herself," Kistner joked. "I had to wait until she got home."
Kistner said when Dot got home he asked her if she had plans for the following day.
"I said, 'Well, we have to take a ride to Storm Lake.' I told her and she screamed," Kistner said.
Kistner claimed his prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at Fareway, 4040 War Eagle Drive in Sioux City.
"We buy one each time we grocery shop or buy gas, just on occasion," Kistner said.
Kistner said he and Dot hadn't shared the news with their family yet, but had planned on emailing them a photo of the ticket. Kistner said they are hoping to take a trip to Australia with some of their winnings.
"We had an Australian exchanged student several years ago and have always wanted to go there. His family has been here several times," he said.
The winning numbers in the $30 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Sept. 24 were: 3-4-12-27-44 and Powerball 26. The Power Play® multiplier was 5. Kistner 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, Kistner would have multiplied his $10,000 win by five to win a $50,000 prize.
There was no jackpot winner in the Sept. 24 drawing.
Saturday's estimated jackpot is $203 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.
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.