Press Release

Tim & Kellie Guderian

September 23, 2006


Fort Dodge Couple Claims Powerball Jackpot!

A Fort Dodge couple came forward Wednesday to claim the $200.8 million Powerball jackpot they won in late September, the largest lottery prize ever won in Iowa. Tim and Kellie Guderian said they were still a bit in shock over the news.

“We played the lottery about twice a month but never expected to win – that was, until last Sunday,” Tim Guderian said. “We had bought the Powerball ticket last Saturday on our way to visit our parents – we had stopped to buy a pop and decided to buy a ticket as well.”

The couple said they didn't check their ticket until they saw the drawing results in the newspaper the next day.

“I held the ticket and Tim read off the numbers and all I could say was, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” Kellie Guderian said. “We have been in shock ever since. Winning this amount of money is simply overwhelming. We have been working with a financial planner and an attorney so that we can manage these winnings in a responsible way.”

The Guderians bought their winning ticket at Kum & Go, 115 N. 22 nd St. in Fort Dodge for the Sept. 23 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers that night were: 13-21-26-45-50 and Powerball 20. The Power Play® number was 4. The jackpot-winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn and became the sixth ticket sold in Iowa to win the game's big prize.

The Guderians' ticket also was the 89th purchased in Iowa to win a prize of $1 million or more. They chose to receive their Powerball jackpot in a lump-sum payment of $95,974,824.23.

Tim Guderian, 36, is a former U.S. Marine Corps member who served in the Gulf War and left active duty in 1994. He now works as an automotive detailer at Irwin Auto Co. in Fort Dodge. Kellie Guderian has worked at Wal-Mart for nine years. They have been married for nearly seven years and said they'll likely be spoiling their cat Wally, who is named after the Fort Dodge Wal-Mart store, where they found him as a stray.

The couple said they plan several charitable donations, most within the Fort Dodge community, including gifts to the Fort Dodge Community Foundation to be used for community projects; the Christ Lutheran Church where they are members; and the Humane Society of North Central Iowa to be used toward the building of a new animal shelter now underway. Both said they plan to continue working, and aren't anticipating any big lifestyle changes.

“We believe that we should share some of our good fortune – we believe it's the right thing to do,” Kellie Guderian said.

Tim added: “We are planning to take a vacation – the first since our honeymoon six years ago – hopefully to Australia . We are going to pay bills and probably buy a new car.”

Iowa Lottery players now have won six Powerball jackpots. The five previous winners are:

  • Ed Brown of Washington, who split a $10.4 million jackpot with a Missouri woman in December 1992.
  • Tim Schultz of Des Moines, who won a $28 million jackpot in February 1999.
  • The Larry Hasken family of Sabula, who claimed a $31.8 million jackpot in January 2000.
  • Jacquelyn Moore of Omaha, Neb., who won a $14.4 million jackpot in October 2004 .
  • Hugh Hawkins of Des Moines, who won a $113.2 million jackpot in December 2005.



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