Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Dallas County resident wins Powerball

Dallas County resident wins Powerball

Lerynne West, of the small town Redfield, will share the prize with someone who bought the other winning ticket in New York City.

West, a single mother of three daughters has played the lottery twice a week, when she could afford the tickets.

West took the cash option, which will pay her an immediate $198.1 million, minus taxes. Around noonish ... I said to [my sister], 'I'm really hungry and I need coffee, can you please take me to Casey's [General Store] so I can get a slice of pizza and a coffee?' So her and I went to Casey's in Redfield ... and I said, 'Oh yeah, can I get my lottery tickets?' ...

The paper reported that West, 51, grew up mainly in Earlham and has lived in Dallas County, Iowa, most of her life. "The most I had ever won to this point was $150". The $344 million ticket was purchased at a gas station in Redfield last month and the victor says she won't let the life changing amount of money change her. "My daughters had to sacrifice a lot for that", West says as she chokes back tears.

One of West's sisters had to send West a picture of her winning ticket because she had left it in her sister's truck.

"(I saw) 'Jackpot.' I thought 'I've done something wrong, ' West said.

West is establishing the Callum Foundation, named after her grandson who died after being born in April.

West bought the ticket in Redfield, a community of 800 people about 50 kilometres west of Des Moines.

That ticket was sold in SC and hasn't been claimed.


When she couldn't find her ticket after the drawing, and discovered a victor was bought in Iowa, she called her sister, who found it and sent a photo. But she also takes them quite seriously.

Ms West said "nobody believed" she had won initially.

At first it didn't look like West had won anything, but she realized she put in the wrong drawing date on the Iowa Lottery website. "And I said to my sister 'Get that ticket, get in your truck and get up here and drive slow'".

"All of a sudden, once you have won and you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, all frivolity goes out the window".

She has already set up the Callum Foundation, which was officially up and running as of 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

In winning the Powerball jackpot, West overcame odds of one in 292.2 million, CBS noted.

She can't wait to get rid of her piece of junk vehicle.

"I'm gonna buy a auto", she said. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta that people have just beat up when I'm not in it", West said, noting that the auto had 142,000 miles on it.

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