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Osage Man Claims $2 Million Powerball® Prize

Prize Won In Wednesday's Drawing; Iowa's Fourth Winner Of At Least $1 Million This Year

Duane Hanson   Hear Duane tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa man's lottery prediction has come true.

"I actually told everybody, 'I'm going to win, I'm going to hit it,'" Duane Hanson of Osage said with a grin as he claimed a $2 million Powerball prize on Thursday.

And how long has he been making that prediction?

"A long time," he said with a laugh.

Hanson, 58, who works as a conductor for the Cedar River Railroad in Waterloo, bought a ticket that came close to winning Wednesday night's $80 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. But Hanson also added the Power Play option to his ticket, which multiplied his initial $1 million prize to $2 million.

Hanson bought his winning ticket at Casey's, 309 Main St. in Osage. His was one of two tickets nationwide to win a $2 million prize in Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

Wednesday's winning Powerball numbers were: 17-24-26-45-46 and Powerball 19.

Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for the $2 million-winning ticket being sold at its Osage store.

Hanson, who said he plans to retire in 2015, and his lottery winnings will greatly help with his retirement investments.

"I've actually been worried about my 401K," he said. "Now I'm not worried about that so much. I've been talking about when I retire, maybe buying an acreage. Maybe I can do that a little sooner now."

Hanson said he has played the same set of numbers in Powerball for years, just a random set of numbers that he chose one day and decided to keep playing. He's been on vacation this week, so it was about 9 a.m. Thursday when he called the lottery's winning numbers line to check his ticket from Wednesday's drawing. After realizing he'd matched five numbers, he went to the lottery website to double-check what he'd won. Still uneasy, he called his daughter, Samantha, who lives with him in Osage, and the two of them went to the Casey's store where he'd bought his ticket and used the lottery's self-checker there to scan the ticket. The machine's display confirmed that he'd won $2 million.

"I couldn't believe it," Samantha Hanson said. "I'm happy for him."

The two decided to go to the lottery right away so Duane could claim his prize.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that Iowa is having another banner year when it comes to big winners.

"This is the fourth ticket purchased in Iowa to win a prize of at least $1 million this year - and it's the second just this month," Rich said. "It's exciting to see another $2 million Powerball winner here in our state."

On Aug. 18, three Johnston siblings claimed a $1 million prize they had won with a Mega Millions® ticket they purchased earlier this month at a Des Moines supermarket. In February, an Urbandale man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he had purchased at a local convenience store; and in January, a West Des Moines man won a $1 million prize in the "Lifetime Riches" instant-scratch game with a ticket he had purchased at a local convenience store.

Hanson won Iowa's third Powerball prize of $2 million. Men from Decorah and Barnes City each claimed a $2 million Powerball prize in 2013.

When $2 Powerball began in January 2012, lottery officials predicted that the newly designed game would produce more millionaires. The game's starting jackpots have doubled to $40 million and the jackpot is now easier to win. But perhaps the most important change for Hanson is that the game's second prize for matching the first five numbers increased from $200,000 to the current $1 million cash, which multiplies to $2 million with the Power Play.

No one won the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, so the big prize increases to an estimated $90 million annuity ($54.9 million cash option) for Saturday's drawing.

Players in Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59, and another number - called the Powerball - from a separate pool of 35. Tickets cost $2 and the Power Play® option is available for an extra $1 per play. The game's drawings are at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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