A Shenandoah man Friday turned in what Iowa Lottery officials say is a very unusual Powerball ticket worth $800,000. Jim Irvin’s ticket was one of two sold in Shenandoah where the players got all five numbers, but missed the Powerball number that would’ve given them the jackpot.
Iowa Lottery president Ed Stanek says Lottery officials were scratching their heads when they saw the two winning tickets were sold in two different locations in Shenandoah. Stanek says it’s such an unusual event to have two winners from the same city pick five numbers. “We were pretty much convinced in our own minds that somebody bought a winning ticket and forgot that they bought the ticket and then bought the same ticket somewhere else,” he says. Stanek says they were “totally surprised” to find two different winning tickets.
Teresa Sleep of Northboro claimed the other ticket sold in Shenandoah. Sleep only won $200,000 as she did not pay extra for the multiplier that bumped the value of Irvin’s ticket to $800,000. Irvin says he didn’t know about his ticket until the day after the drawing. He checked the numbers on-line and then called his sister — but his sister didn’t believe he had won. Irvin then went into work and says no one at work would believe he won either.
Irvin let the lottery machine pick his winning numbers, and had one other ticket that did have the winning Powerball number on it. Irvin won 16 dollars for that ticket and he realized how close he was to winning the whole jackpot, saying he was just “one line off.”
Irvin works at the Eden Corporation in Shenandoah assembling truck transmissions and describes himself as a calm person. He doesn’t have any big plans for the money. Irvin says he’ll probably invest most of the money and pay off a few bills. He’d like to work four or five more years before retiring.
It was the second time in a week and half that an Iowan missed one number in Powerball and won an $800,000 prize.