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Crawford County Man Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize Playing Own Numbers

Larry Stone Claims Prize from July 27 Mega Millions® Drawing

Larry Stone   Hear Larry tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Crawford County man was sitting at the dinner table when he overheard the winning numbers in the July 27 Mega Millions® drawing; that's when he realized he'd matched all but one number.

Larry Stone, 69, said he immediately told his wife, Donna, the news.

"I told my wife, 'My goodness, I think we got all but one of those!' And after checking it out, we did," Stone said.

Stone, who is from Schleswig, said he has been a long-time Powerball® player but just recently started playing Mega Millions.

"I just couldn't hardly believe it," he said. "We had a 45 in there and they pulled a 43; otherwise we would've had the whole thing!"

Stone said he chose his own numbers using his family's birthdays. They're the numbers he's been playing for a long time.

The winning numbers in the $52 million Mega Millions drawing on July 27 were 2-3-4-8-43 and Mega Ball 26. The Megaplier® number that night was 3. Stone's ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. If he had added the multiplier to his ticket, Stone would have multiplied his $10,000 win by three to claim a $30,000 prize.

Stone said he didn't know how much he'd won until his wife checked their numbers on the Iowa Lottery's website. He said his family and friends have had a hard time believing the news.

"At first they don't [believe me] because I do a lot of joking around," Stone said with a laugh as he claimed his prize July 31 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.

Stone said he's taking some time to think before he decides on how to use his winnings.

Players can multiply their prizes (except the jackpot) with the Megaplier up to four times. The cost is $1 per play.

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.

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