Press Release
 
 

Hugh Hawkins


December 14, 2005

Iowa

Des Moines Man Claims $113.2 Million Powerball Jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa – Jan. 3, 2006 – A Des Moines man started off the New Year with a bang on Tuesday, claiming a $113.2 million Powerball jackpot, the largest lottery prize ever won in Iowa.

“We view this Powerball winning as a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous responsibility,” Hugh Hawkins said as he claimed the jackpot. “We believe it provides us with opportunity to do things that we would not be able to do without this financial security – but more importantly, we believe there is great responsibility that comes with this winning.

“We will work to manage this winning in a way that is respectful – and ultimately, in a way that creates good,” he said.

Hawkins, 44, was accompanied to the lottery as he claimed his prize by his wife, Cindy, and their children, Alex, 6, and Katie, 3. Hawkins’ oldest son Colby, 12, was unable to attend the news conference.

Hawkins bought his ticket at Dahl’s, 1819 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines, for the Dec. 14 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers that night were: 8-15-16-45-51 and Powerball 11. The Power Play® number was 5. Hawkins’ ticket matched all six numbers drawn and became the fifth ticket sold in Iowa to win the game’s big prize.

Hawkins’ ticket was the 87th purchased in Iowa to win a prize of $1 million or more.

He chose to receive his prize in a lump-sum payment of $54,799,833.72.

Hawkins, who works for Metro Engineers of Omaha, Neb., a commercial real estate development company, said he plans to use his winnings to become debt free, but he also has some philanthropy in mind.

“We will be providing money to the Greater Des Moines Foundation and the Omaha Community Foundation so that non-profit, start-up, and in-need organizations can apply for funding through those channels,” he said.

Hawkins said he waited for a few weeks after his big win to claim the prize so that he could enjoy the holidays with his family, make plans for what he wanted to do with the money and identify charities that he could help.

Powerball players choose five numbers from a pool of 55 and another number, called the Powerball, from a pool of 42. The Powerball jackpot starts at $15 million and grows until someone wins it. Tickets in the game cost $1. Powerball drawings are held at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Hawkins chose his winning numbers himself and provided this explanation:

  • 8 is one of his favorite numbers.
  • 15 was the number on his brother’s dirt-racing motorcycle when they were young.
  • 16 is the date of his wife’s birthday.
  • 45 is the age he will be on his next birthday in March.
  • 51 is a number he randomly chose between 45 and 55, the highest number in the Powerball game.
  • 11 is the date of his oldest son’s birthday.
 

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