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Emotional Win For Boone Woman

Julie Schlater Claims $40,000 Prize from Friday's Mega Millions® Drawing

Julie Schlater   Hear Julie tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Boone woman was overcome with emotion when she found out she won a $40,000 prize in Friday's Mega Millions drawing.

"It's just been awesome. I just still can't believe it. I just keep pinching myself. I know I really did it," Julie Schlater said, fighting back tears of joy. "I'm standing here. I just got my check and I can't believe it."

Schlater, 61, a caregiver for her mother, said she called the lottery's winning numbers hotline after Friday's drawing.

"And I said, 'Mom. I just won 'em. I got all but one number. All but one number,'" she said. "I knew I'd won something. I said, 'I won something but I don't know what it is.'"

Schlater claimed her prize Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. She purchased her winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 1111 Eighth St. in Boone.

"It's just awesome. It really is. A dream come true," Schlater said.

The winning numbers in the $14 million jackpot drawing on Friday were: 1-10-37-48-55 and Mega Ball 21. The Megaplier® number that night was 4.

Schlater matched four white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Since she added the Megaplier to her ticket, she multiplied her win to $40,000.

Emotion swelled once more for Schlater as she shared her plans for what she planned to do with her winnings.

"I'm going to be paying off my car and then helping my mom with whatever she needs in her apartment," Schlater said through tears.

There was no jackpot winner in Friday's drawing. Tonight's estimated jackpot is $21 million.

"I just keep thinking, 'If you've got a couple dollars in your pocket, go ahead, take for the dream. You can do it,'" Schlater said. "It happened to me."

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 www.ialottery.com 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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