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Website Check Tells Ankeny Man He'd Won $10,000 Prize

John Mann Wins $10,000 Prize in Oct. 26 Powerball® Drawing

John Mann   Hear John tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Ankeny man had decided to check his Powerball numbers online when he discovered he'd won a $10,000 prize.

John Mann, 38, said at first he was just excited to see he was only one number away from winning the $173 million jackpot in the Oct. 26 drawing; it was his wife, Rhonda, who prompted him to see what he'd won.

"I told my wife I was one number away from the jackpot and she said, 'Well, what did you win?'" Mann said. "So I went back to the computer and saw that I'd won $10,000 and started shaking."

Mann was so excited about his win, he claimed his prize Oct. 27 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines, the day he discovered it. He said he was planning to tell the employees at Hy-Vee, 410 N. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny about his prize, because he purchased the ticket at that store.

"I'm going back to tell them and buy another ticket!" Mann said with a laugh.

Mann also plays Powerball in a pool at work, but purchased this ticket all on his own. He's looking forward to not having to share his winnings.

"I'm still hoping for a raise, so I'm not sure I want to tell my boss," Mann joked.

Mann said Rhonda shared the news on Facebook, so he's sure all his family and friends know by now. He said he's planning to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as make home repairs.

The winning numbers in the $173 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Oct. 26 were: 1-18-21-39-55 and Powerball 6. The Power Play® multiplier was 3. Mann 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, Mann would have multiplied his $10,000 win by three to win a $30,000 prize.

There was no jackpot winner in the Oct. 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.