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Muscatine Man Wins $10,000 Belated Birthday Prize

Mike Fullerton Wins $10,000 Prize in Oct. 19 Powerball® Drawing

Mike Fullerton   Hear Mike tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Muscatine man discovered he'd won a $10,000 Powerball prize just five days after turning 54.

Mike Fullerton said he just happened to be in the grocery store one day and happened to have his ticket validated from the Oct. 19 Powerball drawing; he was shocked to find out what he'd won.

"I thought, 'Well, I can't believe this!'" Fullerton said.

Fullerton said he really enjoys playing lotto games, but never dreamed he'd win a prize of this magnitude.

"I'm kind of stunned," he said. "I was really stunned to know I was that close to winning the jackpot!"

Fullerton, who is a truck driver, first called his brother, Steve, to tell him the big news.

"He didn't believe me. We're always joking with each other," Fullerton said.

Fullerton said he's planning to save his winnings for now. He claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. Fullerton purchased his winning ticket at Kum & Go, 501 Cedar St. in Muscatine.

The winning numbers in the $125.8 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Oct. 19 were: 16-26-35-52-58 and Powerball 2. The Power Play® multiplier was 5. Fullerton 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, Fullerton would have multiplied his $10,000 win by five to win a $50,000 prize.

There was no jackpot winner in the Oct. 19 drawing.

Wednesday's estimated Powerball jackpot is $245 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.