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Western Iowa Man Checks Tickets From Drawing Last Month, Wins $10,000 Prize

Wesley Clay Wins Big Prize in Oct. 31 Powerball® Drawing

Wesley Clay   Hear Wesley tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A western Iowa man recently checked several Powerball tickets from drawings last month and discovered he had won a $10,000 prize.

"I usually just throw them in my car," Wes Clay of Harlan said. "They just sit there and pile up and then I just kind of check them all randomly."

Clay's $10,000-winning Powerball ticket was from the drawing on Oct. 31. The winning numbers in that drawing were: 2-36-40-49-54 and Powerball 10. Saturday's estimated Powerball jackpot is $50 million.

Clay, who works in Omaha, Neb., matched four white balls and the Powerball in the Oct. 31 drawing to win a $10,000 prize. He purchased his winning ticket at Taylor Quik-Pik, 2102 23rd St. in Harlan. He claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

"I bought it a few weeks ago and then I just had it sitting in my billfold," he said. "I buy quite a few tickets here and there. I just got online (and) checked several different ones and saw this was it."

Clay and his wife, Brianne, said their lottery winnings will be put into a college savings account for their children.

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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