While some people think they will be able to claim their lottery prize and not let too many people know about their good fortune, there are others who find the excitement of winning a big prize just too much and let the cat out the bag.
Lisa Hays from Monmouth in Illinois told lottery officials that she could not keep super exciting news of winning $2 million on the US Powerball a secret before she came forward to claim her prize.
The lucky Powerball winner not only told her colleagues about the fantastic news, but also the car dealerships she visited when she immediately went out looking for a new vehicle.
She reflected back on how she won, saying that it was while she was out shopping in Iowa that she bought a Powerball lottery ticket. She’s mighty glad she bought two tickets as both tickets proved lucky (albeit in varying levels of success). While the first line won her only $12, the second Powerball ticket did much better, landing her a $2m prize in the February 9 draw.
The 49-year-old woman said she only buys Powerball lottery tickets when the jackpot gets really high, which is exactly what happened when the jackpot soared to $224 million.
Powerball win allows plenty of changes
The ecstatic winner said the massive win will allow her to make plenty of changes to her life. She went on to say that she is determined to make the most of her windfall. She said she has no plans to give up her job as a teaching assistant as she loves it too much, but she knows that the big win should guarantee her long-term financial security and allow her to fulfil many ambitions.
“If I do it right, this should set me up for the rest of my life,” she said.
For starters, she plans to buy a new house and a new car. Once this is achieved she said she will look forward to the future.
She believes her win will allow her to “get a big jump start on her retirement planning.”
The numbers drawn out on February 9 were: 01-02-03-07-39 and the Powerball 25. She correctly matched five main numbers. Had she, however, matched all six winning Powerball lottery numbers in the draw, she would have won the $224m jackpot.
Even though she came so close to winning the massive Powerball jackpot, Lisa says she’s still delighted at becoming a Powerball millionaire saying: “I’ve been freaking out for a week.”
Earlier this month, a truck driver named Danny Lovett also claimed his $1 million Mega Millions winnings from a ticket he purchased in January at a Kum & Go in Colfax.
Just like Lisa, he told lottery officials that he too plans to use the lottery win to buy a house, add to his retirement savings, help out his family and buy his dream car: a 1972 Ford Mustang fastback.
Unclaimed lottery prize
While Lisa was eager to come forward quickly and claim her Powerball lottery prize, other winners prefer to take their time and speak to a financial advisor before making contact with lottery officials.
With Lisa’s prize already safely in her position, a $1 million Powerball prize is still unclaimed from a winning ticket that won on April 11, 2018.
With the cut-off period nearing, whoever won the prize has until 4 p.m. on April 11, to claim the prize.
Powerball Jackpot Nears $348 Million
There will be another chance to win a Powerball prize on Wednesday night when the jackpot will be worth $348 million.
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