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Accidental Purchase Leads To $40,000 Prize For Exira Woman

Judy Hill Wins $40,000 Prize in Saturday's Powerball® Drawing

Judy Hill   Hear Judy tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When an Exira woman stopped to pick up her Hot Lotto® ticket, the store clerk accidentally printed a Powerball ticket instead, but it turned out better than either of them had thought.

Judy Hill, 69, said she wasn't sure if she was going to purchase a Powerball ticket or not, but when the clerk at Audubon Foods, 104 Market St. in Audubon misheard her request for a Hot Lotto ticket and printed Powerball instead, Hill decided to take that one as well.

"I was going to pick the Hot Lotto first," Hill said. "When she ran off the Powerball, I said, 'Oh, that's fine, I'll take that one too.' I'm sure glad I did!"

Hill won her prize in the Saturday drawing of Powerball. When she woke up Sunday morning, she realized how many numbers she'd matched but had no idea what her prize would be.

"I called my daughter and talked to her and she went online immediately," Hill said. "She said, 'Mom, I think you have some serious money here.'"

Hill's daughter used the lottery's "Did I Win" feature on its website to check Hill's numbers against the numbers in Saturday's drawing.

"When it highlighted in red, she said, 'I think you won forty thousand dollars!' And I said, 'No, it can't be.' But sure enough, they were right!"

Hill's daughter and granddaughter accompanied her to a local retailer to have the ticket validated.

"I was almost afraid to check it," she said. "They were all just screaming and I just stood there in disbelief."

Hill won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Because she had added the Power Play® to her ticket, Hill multiplied her prize to $40,000. She said she always purchases the multipliers when she plays lotto games and is glad she does.

Hill plans to use some of her winnings to work on her home and wants to share with her family as well.

The winning numbers in the $147 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Saturday were: 5-33-41-54-59 and Powerball 13. There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's drawing. The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $170 million.

Players can increase their prizes with the Power Play (except the jackpot). The cost is $1 per play. Players who chose the Power Play prior to Jan. 15 and matched four white balls and the Powerball won a $10,000 prize multiplied by the number that was chosen for the Power Play. In the new $2 Powerball game, players who choose the Power Play and match four white balls and the Powerball win a $40,000 prize.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at 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.