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Last-Minute Purchase Leads To $40,000 Prize For Des Moines Woman

Carol Putney Wins Big Prize in Nov. 21 Powerball® Drawing

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A last-minute decision to purchase a Powerball ticket for the drawing on Nov. 21 led to a Des Moines woman winning a $40,000 prize.

Carol Putney, 74, said she always shops at Hy-Vee, 4605 Fleur Drive in Des Moines on Wednesdays to get a special discount. When she stopped in on Nov. 21, she decided on a whim to purchase a Powerball ticket for that night's drawing.

"I was looking at the tickets and I thought, 'Oh, I'll go ahead and check this one,'" Putney said. "I must've checked it four times!"

Putney, a retired phone operator, said she didn't get too excited before claiming her prize Nov. 27 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines, because she didn't quite believe she was the winner.

"My tax man was all excited for me," Putney said with a laugh.

Putney only told her tax professional before claiming her prize. She said she wanted to wait to tell her family and friends until she knew it was real.

"I thought, 'Oh my heavens, I can't really believe that,'" Putney said.

The winning numbers in the $262.9 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Nov. 21 were 8-18-24-30-39 and Powerball 26. Putney won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball on her easy-pick ticket. Because she added the Power Play® to her ticket, she multiplied her win to $40,000.

Putney plans to use some of her winnings to donate to charity as well as share with her family.

"This will be so much fun!" she said.

There was no jackpot prize winner in the Nov. 21 drawing. Saturday's estimated jackpot is $40 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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