Second Powerball jackpot victor revealed

  • Second Powerball jackpot victor revealed

Second Powerball jackpot victor revealed

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

The day after the drawing, West got a text from a friend, asking if she had won the jackpot. The 51-year-old has opted to receive the lump sum option - giving her $198.1 million before taxes. Her father was a welder and her mother a stay-at-home mom to West and her seven siblings.

The drawing came only four day after someone won a US$1.54 billion ($2.14 billion) Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize ever. She got a general-equivalency diploma in 1986 and an Upper Iowa University degree in human resources in 2006. 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. She would play the lottery twice a week when she could afford it.

West thought she put the lottery ticket in her purse, but she accidentally left it on the floor of her sister's truck. "I also plan to give to the causes and organizations important to my family through our newly established Callum Foundation", West also told the Iowa Lottery, according to the Des Moines Register.

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. The holder of the NY ticket has not come forward, according to the Iowa Lottery.

"I realize this is a life-changing moment", West, of Redfield, Iowa said as she claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Clive.

West initially couldn't believe her eyes, thinking she had won no money at all.

West bought the ticket in Redfield, a community of 800 people about 50 kilometres west of Des Moines. "And, drive slow", Ms West said.

She has already set up the Callum Foundation, which was officially up and running as of 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. It's taken a while to get used to the thought of the whole new dynamic that my life is going to be. He lived for one day.

West said she dreamed of winning a jackpot, but "once you have won and you realize the responsibility and, you know, just the impact that you can make, all frivolity goes out the window".

West overcame odds of 292.2 million to one to win. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles on it. It's got 142,000 miles on it and I'm going to get a auto big enough that I can take all my grandkids places in", West said.