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Des Moines Woman Plans To Be 'Wise' With Lottery Winnings

Alta Herrick Wins $10,000 Prize in March 23 Powerball® Drawing

Alta Herrick   Hear Alta tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines woman was in complete shock when the clerk told her she'd won a $10,000 prize in the March 23 Powerball drawing.

"I went straight to the register and I heard this little sound and I'm thinking, 'Yeah, I've won $4 before,'" Alta Herrick said. "And when the young lady said $10,000, I immediately began to shake."

Herrick, 57, said she tried to reach her husband, Stan, but he wasn't able to answer right away because he's recovering from surgery. So she called her mom to share the big news with her.

"I couldn't stand it, so I called my mama in Michigan," Herrick said.

Herrick purchased her winning ticket at Quik Trip, 2300 E. 14th St. in Des Moines.

Herrick, who works as a claims service representative at Nationwide, went home and was than able to share the news with Stan.

"I walked in the front door and I gave him a look of shock, I'm sure. And I'm sure he wasn't sure what was coming," she said. "But he was real happy when I said we just won $10,000. And he began to laugh."

Herrick claimed her prize Thursday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines.

Herrick said she and Stan have some thoughts about what to do with the winnings.

"We've discussed it and I happen to have a very wise and good, what's that word, steward with money," Herrick said. "So we're going to be looking at the best way to spend it."

The winning numbers in the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot drawing on March 23 were: 17-29-31-52-53 and Powerball 31.

One ticket sold in New Jersey won the jackpot for that night's drawing. Saturday's estimated jackpot is $50 million.

Herrick won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Had she added the Power Play® to her ticket, Herrick would have multiplied her win to $40,000.

Players can increase their prizes with the Power Play (except the jackpot). The cost is $1 per play. Players who chose 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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