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Bondurant Couple Claims $202.1 Million Powerball® Jackpot

Brian & Mary Lohse Enjoy Big Day; Two $1 Million Powerball Prizes Still Unclaimed In Iowa

KJH Family LLC   Hear their story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Bondurant couple claimed a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, becoming the second-biggest lottery winners in Iowa history. Mary and Brian Lohse said they had done their homework in advance by meeting with financial planners and had some very specific plans for the future as they claimed their big prize.

Mary Lohse, 42, a certified medical assistant at the pediatric clinic at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, said that the way the couple explained their win to their three children best encapsulates their plans as they move forward.

"We are still the same people that we were a week ago," she said she explained to her children. "And when your dad and I got married, we had dreams for things we wanted to do for our kids and, you know, have a boat and that kind of stuff. And we're going to do all that now, but we're still the same people that we were yesterday."

Brian Lohse, 43, an attorney at EMC Insurance in Des Moines, said the couple has formed the KJH Family, LLC, to claim the prize and handle the money moving ahead.

"We have a plan to help our church and our community and the school," he said. "We're going to set up different structures to do that, financial structures to be able to do that. And of course our kids and ourselves - we want to make sure the kids are taken care of, so that we don't necessarily have to work 40 hours a week the rest of our lives."

The couple described the feeling of knowing that they will be able to help the Bondurant Federated Church where they are members and the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District where their children are students.

"God has certainly blessed us with more than we will ever need, and with the opportunity to do the good things in life and to do good for other people," Brian Lohse said. "So, that's our plan."

Brian Lohse, who had been out of town at the time, laughed as he remembered his initial reaction when his wife called him on Sept. 27 to share the news that they had won big.

"I just figured she was playing a joke," he said. "And she was carrying it quite far, but that's not necessarily unusual. She put her boss on and she tried to convince me as well, and I just figured I was being punked."

Mary Lohse said she bought just two Powerball plays on Sept. 26, the date of the drawing in which they won the jackpot.

"I was just filling up with gas on my way to work, and I usually do that once a week and that's when I usually buy a couple tickets," she said.

The next morning, she heard on the news that there was a Powerball jackpot winner in Iowa, and noticed that her ticket seemed to have at least some of the winning numbers. She then checked for sure once she had arrived at work.

"I was shaking so bad, I figured I should not be there giving children shots and stuff, so I lied and said that I had a sick child - which I have since apologized to them for - and left, and called him," she said as she smiled at Brian.

The couple said they plan to stay in the Bondurant community with their three children.

"I don't know how you're supposed to react," Mary Lohse said calmly as their claimed their prize. "I don't know what you're supposed to be doing. That's what everybody keeps saying, 'You should be doing flips!' But I'll have somebody else do them for me."

The Lohses' jackpot-winning ticket was one of four in Iowa to win big prizes in lotto drawings on Sept. 26. Tickets winning the jackpot, a $1 million prize and a $10,000 prize all were won by Iowa Lottery players that night in Powerball, while a ticket winning the top prize of $100,000 hit in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game.

Three of those winning tickets now have been claimed. But the $1 million-winning ticket from that night purchased in Williamsburg remains unclaimed along with another $1 million-winning Powerball ticket purchased in Des Moines for the drawing on Sept. 19.

The Lohses' ticket matched all six numbers selected in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing to win the jackpot. Mary Lohse purchased the winning ticket at: Casey's General Store, 1455 Grant St. in Bondurant.

Casey's will receive two bonuses totaling $11,000 from the Iowa Lottery for the winning tickets: $10,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket, and $1,000 for selling the $1 million-winning ticket in Williamsburg.

The winning numbers in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing were: 13-26-39-41-42 and Powerball 10.

Powerball jackpot winners can choose to receive their prizes in annuitized payments over time or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. The Lohses chose to receive the prize as the lump-sum option of $129.8 million.

This latest Iowa jackpot news follows on the heels of June's Powerball winners from Cedar Rapids. Twenty co-workers from the shipping department at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids claimed the $241 million jackpot from the June 13 Powerball drawing. The 18 men and two women called themselves The Shipping 20 and claimed the prize as a trust.

Iowa Lottery players now have won eight Powerball jackpots overall, and 10 prizes of at least $1 million so far this year alone in the lottery's games.

In addition to the Lohses and The Shipping 20, Iowa's previous Powerball jackpot winners are:

  • Tim and Kellie Guderian of Fort Dodge, who claimed a $200.8 million jackpot in October 2006.
  • Hugh Hawkins of Des Moines, who won a $113.2 million jackpot in December 2005.
  • Jacquelyn Moore of Omaha, Neb., who won a $14.4 million jackpot in October 2004 (she bought her ticket at a convenience store in Carter Lake in western Iowa).
  • The Larry Hasken family of Sabula, who claimed a $31.8 million jackpot in January 2000.
  • Tim Schultz of Des Moines, who won a $28 million jackpot in February 1999.
  • Ed Brown of Washington, who split a $10.4 million jackpot with a Missouri woman in December 1992.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today it's played in 44 jurisdictions across the nation, with players buying more than $3 billion annually in tickets. The biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $365 million prize split by eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant in February 2006.

Tickets cost $2 and the Power Play® multiplier feature is available for an extra $1 per play. For that extra $1, players have the chance to win prizes up to $2 million cash for the match 5 prize.

Powerball players choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59 and the Powerball from a separate pool of 35 numbers. The jackpot starts at $40 million and grows until someone wins it. Powerball drawings are held at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Prize and Tax Details About Lohses' Powerball Jackpot
Payments Over 30 Years Totaling: $202.1 million
Annuity would be paid in graduated payments over 30 years.
Federal withholding of 25 percent and state withholding of 5 percent would be made on each payment
Chosen To Receive As Lump-Sum Option
Prize: $129.8 million  
Federal Withholding: $32.4 million (25 percent)
State Withholding: $6.5 million (5 percent)
After-tax prize: $90.9 million  


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