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  There were no jackpot winners Wednesday, but 799,416 players across the nation won more than $9 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
   
  June 29: Jackpot reaches $222.5 Million; Rolling to $243 Million
The Wednesday, June 29th jackpot reached an estimated $222.5 million and will be rolling to $243 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 23 29 37 60 64 Powerball: 06, Power Play 2. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from FL and VA. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the Stat of FL. There were 799,416 tickets that won nearly $9.0 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Florida man claims $150,000 Powerball prize
Henry Baldree of Vero Beach, Fla. is North Carolina's latest big Powerball winner after claiming a $150,000 prize.

In Wednesday's drawing, Baldree beat odds of 1 in 913,129 as the numbers from his lucky Quick Pick ticket matched four of the white balls and the red Powerball. That match carries a $50,000 prize, but because Baldree paid an extra $1 for the Power Play option his prize tripled when the 3X multiplier was drawn.

Baldree, who lives part of the year in Brevard in Transylvania County, received his after-tax winnings of $103,875 Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He purchased the lucky ticket at the Speedway on Dickinson Avenue in Greenville.
   
  June 25: Jackpot soars to $202.9 Million; Rolling to $222 Million
The Saturday, June 25th jackpot soared to an estimated $202.9 million and will be rolling to $222 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 03 27 36 56 69 Powerball: 25, Power Play 2. There were four tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from LA, NY, OR, and WV. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 775,220 tickets that won nearly $9.3 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Valley Woman Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball Power Play
Jill League of Valley recently won $200,000 playing Powerball Power Play from the Nebraska Lottery.

League purchased her winning ticket at Kelcey's, 2529 River Road Drive in Waterloo. The ticket contained four of the five winning white ball numbers and the Powerball number from the May 21 drawing for $50,000.

Because League added the $1 Power Play option to her ticket, her prize was multiplied by the 4X Power Play multiplier for a total of $200,000.

While claiming her prize on June 8, League told Nebraska Lottery officials that she has played the same numbers since the Lottery's inception in 1993. "If you've got numbers that you play, just keep playing them," said League. She learned she had won while watching late-night news. "I just had a feeling and I checked," said League. "I'm still in shock." She plans to pay off her mortgage with the winnings.
   
  June 22: Jackpot ascends to $184.2 Million; Rolling to $203 Million
The Wednesday, June 22nd jackpot ascended to an estimated $184.2 million and will be rolling to $203 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 14 40 42 43 52 Powerball: 17, Power Play 3. There were no tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 653,225 tickets that won nearly $5.1 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Student Loan Debt Wiped Away With Powerball Prize
A Missouri Lottery player from Liberty is taking a $50,000 check to the bank thanks to a Powerball win. Terrance McCann, an avid Powerball player, used Quick Pick to correctly match four white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 16 drawing to win his prize.

"I subscribe to the Kansas City Star and, by chance, looked at the winning numbers and quickly became aware that I had matched four or five numbers," began McCann. "It was fairly difficult to focus at work the rest of the day."

While claiming his prize on June 8, the tool and die maker said that his wife was astonishingly calm when she learned that her husband had won $50,000.

"Her reaction was, 'Well, it's your money. You decide what to do with it.' I had to remind her that it was our money," laughed McCann.

McCann, 57, and his wife already have big plans on spending the windfall.

"A portion of this will go towards paying off the remainder of my wife's student loans, which is absolutely fantastic. We will put some aside for retirement, some for our two kids," said McCann, adding that he plans on taking a family vacation to either California or New York with the win, as well.

McCann purchased his winning Powerball ticket from Price Chopper, 896 S. 291 Highway, in Liberty.
   
  June 18: Jackpot rises to $168.3 Million; Rolling to $184 Million; 3 more millionaires, for a total of 1,827!!
The Saturday, June 18th jackpot rose to an estimated $168.3 million and will be rolling to $184 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 02 23 41 53 63 Powerball: 11, Power Play 2. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from MO and NJ. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of NY. There were 718,113 tickets that won nearly $9.0 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Sterling man finds a $1 million winning Powerball ticket in his wallet
Imagine walking around for a month with a million-dollar Powerball ticket in your wallet and not knowing it. That's what happened to Roberto Portillo of Sterling, Virginia.

Mr. Portillo matched the first five numbers in the May 7 Powerball drawing to win $1 million. But he didn't realize that because the ticket remained in his wallet.

Finally, more than a month later, he asked a store clerk to check the numbers on the ticket, and discovered he'd won big.

"That's incredible!" he said as he claimed his prize. "I still can not believe it!"

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6720 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Portillo, who works as a city bus driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.
   
  June 15: Jackpot climbs to $152.6 Million; Rolling to $169 Million
The Wednesday, June 15th jackpot climbed to an estimated $152.6 million and will be rolling to $169 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 04 22 24 31 33 Powerball: 10, Power Play 2. There was one ticket that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. It was from the State of MI. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of CO. There were 634,185 tickets that won nearly $7.9 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Bland Couple Celebrates $50,000 Powerball Win
A couple from Bland has a reason to celebrate after winning a $50,000 Missouri Lottery prize. In fact, Julia and Barry Baker plan to keep it low-key, just like retirement has been since the couple relocated from St. Louis more than a decade ago. Barry is a regular player of several Draw Games like Pick 3, Show Me Cash and Powerball at least twice a week. He won $50 on his favorite Pick 3 numbers recently, so he used that money to pay for more tickets including a Quick Pick Powerball ticket worth $50,000.

"With that, I bought my regular week's tickets, and Powerball come in. So, the $50 paid for those tickets, and then I won $50,000 on Powerball," recalled Baker.

Baker won the $50,000 prize for matching four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number. He purchased the ticket at Break Time, 702 W. Highway 28, in Owensville.

Julia Baker is a Lotto player, and she talked about winning free tickets regularly.

"That would be nice to win that free ticket," Barry Baker imagined, "and then win the big one on that free ticket!"

He will continue to the play the Lottery and talked about his favorite games.

"I play Powerball all the time," he said. "Show Me Cash, where you pay the extra dollar - EZ Match yeah, I play that every day. Most of the time it pays for my ticket with the EZ Match."

Both Bakers said they would continue to enjoy retirement and listed their plans for the windfall.

"We've got three kids, so I figure we'll give each $5,000. Then I'm going to pay off my tractor and put the rest in the bank," said Barry Baker.
   
 
Impulse purchase leads Litchfield farrier to $1 million Powerball prize
The luck of the horseshoe was certainly with Joseph Yanish, a professional farrier from Litchfield, when he won $1 million playing Powerball on May 14.

Yanish won the $1 million prize on an "impulse purchase" he made at Casey's General Store, 6515 County Road 136, in St. Cloud. "I just had an extra couple of bucks and decided to buy two tickets at the last minute," he said.

Yanish discovered his win on May 16 after reading online that Casey's General Store in St. Cloud sold a $1 million winning ticket. "I was freaking out," he recalled. "My wife [Erin] thought someone had died!" But after he showed her the ticket, Erin quickly realized it was very good news.

Erin said she was much more even-keeled about the win. "We are quite content as is," she said. "We are going to go on living life the way we have," except with one major exception-being debt free.

The couple plan to pay off their debts, including their mortgage. They also plan to tithe a portion of their prize and do some traveling, including a trip to Walt Disney World next year.

Yanish, along with his wife and family, arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on June 2 to claim the prize.
   
 
IOWA COUNTY MAN WAS ONE NUMBER AWAY FROM WINNING POWERBALL JACKPOT
An Iowa County man was just one number away from winning a big Powerball jackpot last week and ended up winning $50,000.

Merlyn Huedepohl of Williamsburg matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball in the May 7 drawing to win a $50,000 prize.

Huedepohl's winning easy pick ticket had matched all of the numbers expect for '26;' he said his ticket had '46' instead. He bought his winning ticket at Casey's, 602 S. Highland St. in Williamsburg last week and returned there Tuesday morning to check his tickets. He said he had several tickets from recent drawings to check and had no idea that he'd won $50,000.

"While I was standing there, on the counter it was written on a sheet of paper that there was a $50,000 winner from this location," Huedepohl told lottery employees the same day as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Clive. "The clerk pushed the next ticket in and she says, 'Now I hope you're the $50,000 winner.' And she pushed the next one in and she says, 'You're the $50,000 winner!'"

The 72-year-old retired farmer and factory worker said he couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"I thought she was kidding me and she looked at me again and she says, 'No, seriously!'" Huedepohl said.

Huedepohl was on his way to meet his morning coffee group, but he went home instead to tell his wife, Diane, the good news.

Diane said she wasn't expecting her husband back so soon and became worried when he stepped inside the house and came upstairs to see her.

"I was worried because he usually doesn't come home from coffee until 9:30 or 10:00 and here it was a little after 8 a.m. and I thought, 'Something is wrong,'" Diane said. "And then when he came upstairs I thought, 'Yeah, something is wrong.'"

Nothing was bad, though. It was good news and Huedepohl said he was excited to share it his wife.

"I said, 'Look at this, dear!' And she looked at me. I said, 'That's $50,000!'" Merlyn said.

The couple said they plan to save their winnings.
   
 
Electrician uses Power Play to win $100,000
As a retired electrician, George Johnson knows a thing or two about power. Now, he also knows all about Power Play. That's how the Charles City man won $100,000 in the May 7 Powerball drawing. "I never expected to be this lucky," he said as he claimed his prize. "I don't think I was this nervous when I got married!"

Mr. Johnson matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000, but he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket. The Power Play number for that drawing was 2x, which doubled his prize to $100,000.

He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 338 East Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Johnson said his winnings will help make his retirement a little more comfortable. He said he'll save this money as his "ace in the hole" in case unexpected expenses arise.
   
 
NW IOWA MAN WINS $50,000 POWERBALL PRIZE
A northwest Iowa man was just one number away from winning a big Powerball jackpot last week and ended up winning a $50,000 prize.

Gene Bartels of Sioux Center matched four white balls and the Powerball in the May 4 drawing to win a $50,000 prize.

Bartels purchased his winning ticket at Shell Sioux-Per Center, 1212 N. Main Ave. in Sioux Center. He claimed his prize Friday at the lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.
   
 
20 FRIENDS FROM CEDAR RAPIDS AREA SPLIT $150,000 POWERBALL PRIZE
Twenty friends from the Cedar Rapids area are splitting a $150,000 Powerball prize that they won with a ticket they pooled their money to buy at a Cedar Rapids convenience store.

The group calls itself "Rumors 20," based off the name of a bar and grill on the northwest side of Cedar Rapids where they regularly gather together, said Connie Waite of Cedar Rapids, who claimed the prize on behalf of the group.

Waite, along with her husband, Dan, claimed the prize Friday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. "We're leaving here, go and get all the checks and hand them out and there might be a little party this evening," Waite said.

The group won its big prize in Wednesday's Powerball drawing on a ticket that was purchased at Clark of Cedar Rapids, 502 E Ave. NW in Cedar Rapids.

The group's winning ticket initially matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize, but since they added the Power Play option to their purchase, their prize multiplied to $150,000.

Sixteen members of the group reside in Cedar Rapids and the other four are from Solon, Swisher, Central City and Vinton, respectively. The group members work in a variety of professions, including construction trades as well as factory and government workers. The group members range in age from 40 to 65.

"We've all just decided, 'Let's all throw in some money every week and buy tickets.' And we’ve been doing it for maybe two years," Waite said. "We've won $300 here, $400 there, but $150,000 is pretty neat."

Waite said she had to work Thursday, so she was unable to take the group's tickets to a local lottery retailer to have them checked. So Dan, her husband, volunteered to have the group's tickets checked. Connie said he found out that the group won $150,000 and remained very calm.

"He says, 'Oh we won 150.' I said, '$150?' He said, '$150,000.' I go, 'What? And this didn't warrant a phone call? You didn’t feel like I would like to share that with anybody?'" Connie recalled.

Each member of the group received $5,250 after taxes. Waite said the group will continue to pool money together to buy Powerball tickets and looks forward to winning again.

"We've been planning on this," she said. "We sort of planned on winning millions, this is the beginning."

The 20 members of the Rumors 20 group are:

From Cedar Rapids: Danny Feaker, Clayton Daywitt, Shawn Cassiday, Roberta Nerison, Sonya Noska, Jake Marshall, Terry Sweet, Carol Ekstrand, Billie Davis, Goldie Chesmore, John Gray, Dean Otto, Tony Anderson, Marlin Hoffner, Alma Unvuh and Waite;

Also, Tim Feaker of Solon; Roger Greif of Swisher; Gary Liebe of Central City; and Charles Fountain of Vinton.
   
   
 
Pender Man Wins $250,000 Playing Powerball Power Play
Joseph Schmidt of Pender recently won $250,000 playing Powerball Power Play from the Nebraska Lottery.

There were more than 18,000 Nebraska Lottery winners in the Saturday, April 23, drawings. Among these winners was Schmidt, who purchased his winning ticket at Frazey Fuels, 317 Whitney Street in Pender. The quick-pick ticket contained four of the five winning white ball numbers (19, 35, 46, 59, 62) and the Powerball number (13) from the April 23 drawing for $50,000.

Because Schmidt added the $1 Power Play option to his ticket, his prize was multiplied by the 5X Power Play multiplier for a total of $250,000.

While claiming his prize on April 25, Schmidt told Nebraska Lottery officials that he buys Lotto tickets every week. "The clerks call it the 'Joe Special': a Powerball ticket with Power Play, a Mega Millions ticket with Megaplier, and a Nebraska Pick 5 ticket," said Schmidt. He learned he had won after checking the winning numbers at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com. "My Sunday morning ritual is to get a cup of coffee and check the numbers," said Schmidt. "I thought it wasn't real, so I called the hotline number and then I woke up my wife to double-check the ticket." He plans to pay bills using his winnings.
   
 
SOUTHERN IOWA MAN WINS $250,000 POWERBALL PRIZE AFTER GIVING UP HIS LUCKY NUMBERS
A southern Iowa man credits his big Powerball win to a recent change to the way the numbers that he plays are chosen.

Lon Grail of Afton said he played the same set of lucky numbers or about a decade until a couple of months ago when he decided to let the computer randomly pick his numbers instead. It turns out that easy picks are the way to go for him, as he won $250,000 in Saturday's drawing.

"After I retired I got tired of messing with the play slip," Grail told lottery employees Monday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Clive.

Grail, a retired railroad worker, said he bought his winning ticket Saturday at Casey's, 501 N. Douglas St. in Afton, and checked his ticket there Sunday morning using a self-checker inside the store.

"I thought the machine was playing a trick on me," he said.

Grail joked that he and his wife, Terri, are used to seeing the lottery terminal display a much different message when he checks his Powerball tickets, so much so that they've given it an acronym: "TTINAW," which stands for "This Ticket Is Not A Winner."

"We're used to that, but when the bells go off then you're supposed to win $3, not $250,000," he said with a smile.

Grail's winning ticket initially matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize, but since he added the Power Play option to his purchase his prize multiplied by five. The jackpot has been growing since March 5 and has climbed to an estimated $282 million for Wednesday's drawing.

"I've always bought that Power Play, always," Grail said. "I have friends that always tell me, 'Why do you spend that extra dollar?' 'Somebody has to win,' I tell them."

As for the prize money, the couple said they plan to save a majority of it after taking care of some medical expenses. A new riding lawn mower also is in their near future!
   
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