Allen Phelps Wins $10,000 Prize in Nov. 19 Powerball® Drawing
To download image, right click on image, then navigate to 'Save Picture As' to save this file to your computer. To download digital audio files of this story, right click here, then navigate to "Save Target As" to save this file to your computer.
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Long Grove man was unaware he'd won a $10,000 prize in the Nov. 19 Powerball drawing until he had his ticket validated.
Allen Phelps, 48, just happened to have his ticket validated at a local retailer and was shocked to learn what he'd won.
"[The clerk] said, 'Do you know what you won?' And I said, 'No.'" Phelps said. "And she said, 'Ten grand!'"
Phelps said he was celebrating his wife, Nancy's, birthday the night of the drawing and wasn't near a television to watch the Powerball drawing, so he was totally unaware of how much he'd won.
"The clerk was so excited. She asked to take a picture of the ticket!" Phelps said.
Phelps said Nancy didn't believe the news and he had to show her the ticket to prove it.
"I said, 'I'll be home in ten minutes to prove it!'" Phelps said with a laugh.
Phelps purchased his winning ticket at De Witt Travel Mart, 630 S. Sixth Ave. in De Witt. He won the $10,000 prize using his own numbers.
"I always use my own numbers," Phelps said. "Some are special to me, like my dad's birthday and date of death."
Phelps claimed his prize Nov. 22 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He said he plans to use some of his winnings to purchase a newer tractor for his property.
The winning numbers in the $59.9 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Nov. 19 were: 9-16-17-28-30 and Powerball 11. The Power Play® multiplier was 3. Phelps 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, Phelps would have multiplied his $10,000 win by three to win a $30,000 prize.
There was one jackpot winner in the Nov. 19 drawing from Pennsylvania.
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.
Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Players may visit the Iowa Lottery at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines or go to one of the lottery's regional offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.