Robert Winburn Won Big With Ticket Purchased At Urbandale Convenience Store
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Urbandale man's lucky Powerball numbers have finally paid off.
Robert Winburn, 49, said he assigns numbers to the letters of the alphabet and uses the corresponding numbers in his last name as his Powerball numbers. He has played this same set of Powerball numbers for the better part of the last two decades, winning as much as $100 in one drawing - that changed Saturday night.
Winburn matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in Saturday's $330.8 million jackpot drawing to win $1 million. Saturday's winning numbers were: 2-9-14-21-23 and Powerball 3. The Power Play® number was 3. No one matched all six numbers that night, so the big prize has climbed to an estimated $400 million annuity ($227.8 million cash option) for Wednesday.
Winburn said he didn't know that he had a $1 million-winning ticket until he scanned his tickets Sunday using a self-checker at an Urbandale grocery store.
"I put the first three (tickets) in and no win," Winburn told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. "Then (the winning) one came up. I just kind of glanced at it."
Winburn said he scanned his ticket a second time to double-check.
"I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'" he said. "And he leaned over and I did it again and he says, 'Sign it and get the heck out of here.'"
The lucky ticket was purchased at Git-N-Go, 8701 Hickman Road in Urbandale. The Urbandale ticket was one of nine across the country that each won a $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing, while a ticket sold in Texas won a $2 million prize because whoever bought it also added the Power Play option to the purchase. The Power Play option multiplies the Match 5 prize from $1 million to $2 million.
Git-N-Go will receive a $1,000 bonus from the lottery for the $1 million-winning ticket being sold at its Urbandale store.
Winburn said that all of his lottery winnings are accounted for. He said he plans to buy a newer car, pay bills and invest the rest of his winnings.
The last $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa hit in November and is still unclaimed three months later. That ticket, sold at Kum & Go, 2050 Iowa Highway 38 in Tipton, matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball in the Nov. 16 drawing. The lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets for any prize they may have won.
Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59, and another number - called the Powerball - from a separate pool of 35. The Power Play option is available for an extra $1 per play.
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 Powerball is played by 45 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.Return to top↑