Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 7, 2018

She shares the prize with a person, so far unidentified, who bought the other winning ticket in New York City.

West had her sister send her a photo of the tickets.

The ticket owned by Leryanne West of Redfield, Iowa, is worth $343.9 million in 20 annuity payments, or $198.1 million in a lump sum.

After correcting the date, she said, "It was red, red, red, red, red, red, jackpot, and I thought I've done something wrong again". Her father was a welder and her mother a stay-at-home mom to West and her seven siblings.

More than 12,000 players in SC hold tickets for prizes ranging from $4 up to $150,000, lottery officials say. She worked in corn and soybean fields as a teenager, didn't graduate from high school but earned a GED diploma and took night classes to get a college degree in human resources in 2006.

While working full time for most of her life, West is excited to announce that as of a week ago, she has retired. She would play the lottery twice a week when she could afford it. West's sister checked the tickets for her and found that one of the tickets had the winning Powerball number - 4.

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

West said she had just purchased her first home and was moving on October 26 when her sister took her to the Casey's General Store in Redfield to get a slice of pizza and coffee. The New York ticket has yet to be claimed.

West is establishing a charitable organization, the Callum Foundation, which will be the conduit for much of her winnings.

West couldn't find her ticket but then remembered it might be in her sister's truck.

West ended up calling her sister and her sister informed her that her tickets were in her sister's truck, which the two women had driven to Casey's the day before.

While she's going to pay it forward, she's also going to help her family.

"Once you have won, you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, and all the frivolity goes out the window", West told reporters in a press conference on Monday morning. And, drive slow, ' West said in the release.

She has already set up the Callum Foundation, which was officially up and running as of 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. He was born prematurely at 24 weeks in April and lived for one day, she said.

Ms West and the buyer of a ticket at a Manhattan deli overcame odds of 292.2 million to one to win the Powerball.

She plans to buy a new house and replace her auto, a Ford Fiesta with 228,500 kilometres "that people have beat up". "I'm gonna get a vehicle that I can take all my grandchildren places".

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