Big, fat, winning lottery ticket almost lost in a pickup truck

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

She is excited to help out family and friends and has set up the Callum Foundation, named for a grandson who was born at 24 weeks and lived for just one day. "I didn't think of them again until Sunday morning".

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. "And, drive slow", West said in an Iowa Lottery press release.

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 51-year-old worked for a health insurance organization, but said she retired last week.

West, who has been working since she was a teenager - even spending her high school days in the local corn and soybean fields - said she'll definitely use a portion of her winnings on some much-needed R&R.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich, left, presents a check to Lerynne West, of Redfield, Iowa, center, for her share of a almost $700 million Powerball prize, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive, Iowa.

West opted to take home $198.1 million in a lump sum, minus what's taken out in taxes.

The win was a shock to the single mum, who struggled to persuade her three daughters and other relatives that it was for real.

According to experts, the odds of winning the Powerball for the October 27 drawing were 292.2 million to one.

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Ms West said she grew up in a "very humble family" with seven siblings in Iowa and knows what it's like to struggle financially.

"Once you have won and you realize the responsibility and. just the impact that you can make, all frivolity goes out the window", she said. "I played the lottery twice a week, when I had the money to do it", she said.

"When you get numbers right, they show up in red", West said.

More than 12,000 players in SC hold tickets for prizes ranging from $4 up to $150,000, lottery officials say.

She is overjoyed with her winnings, she said.

West bested odds of 292.2 million to one.

She plans to buy a new house and replace her vehicle, a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles (228,500 kilometres) "that people have beat up". "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles on it".

The Callum Foundation will help individuals by grantmaking in several areas: poverty and hunger, education, animal welfare, and veteran affairs, according to the website.

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