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Marshalltown Man Celebrates His Birthday With $10,000 Lottery Win

Craig Spencer Wins $10,000 Prize in Sept. 29 Powerball® Drawing

Craig Spencer   Hear Terrance tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Marshalltown man sat down to check his Powerball numbers for the Sept. 29 drawing on his birthday and discovered he'd won a $10,000 prize.

Craig Spencer, who celebrated his 72nd birthday Sept. 30, said he had a pretty good birthday after having that kind of news to share.

"I started checking my numbers and found out I had four right and the Powerball," Spencer said. "I went in, my wife was laying down on the couch and I went in and told her, 'Well, we're going to have to take a road trip.'"

Spencer said he had a hard time convincing his wife, Carol, he had read the right prize amount when he checked his numbers.

"I said, 'I just won $10,000.' And she said, 'What? Do you mean a thousand?'" Spencer said. "And I said, 'No, ten thousand!'"

Spencer, who is retired, said he only shared the news with his daughter-in-law before claiming his prize Oct. 19 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

"I got it from the Marshalltown Hy-Vee Drugtown and I go in there and buy my Powerball tickets and they have a big sign up underneath that says, 'You better check your tickets because somebody won a ten thousand dollar one,'" Spencer said with a laugh.

Spencer purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Drugstore, 1712 S. Center St. in Marshalltown. He said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as purchase a new washing machine.

The winning numbers in the $40 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Sept. 29 were 14-18-28-29-57 and Powerball 8. Spencer won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball on his easy-pick ticket. Had he added the Power Play® to his ticket, Spencer would have multiplied his win to $40,000.

There was no jackpot prize winner in the Sept. 29 drawing. Saturday's estimated jackpot is $100 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.

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