The lottery is a numbers game and, after many years of playing the game, sixty-five-year-old Jeff Carter from Iowa was rewarded for his dedication when he scooped a $10,000 US Powerball win on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
"This is the first time I've won over four bucks," Carter told lottery staff when he claimed his prize last Thursday.
Carter won his third tier prize for matching four main numbers and the Powerball .
"I was really shocked when I looked at that," Carter admitted, when he handed over his ticket. "And then of course you're thinking, 'Why couldn't that other number be there?'"
If carter had got the other number he would have snagged the $196 million jackpot.
Carter intends to use his winning to replace the roof of his house.
The Wednesday June 11, Powerball drawing is just hours away and what a difference a week has made. The estimated jackpot has grown to $257 million.
The Ohio Classic Lotto drawing also takes place tonight. The estimated Jackpot is $73.1 million. That's a small prize by Powerball standards, but it's a considerable chunk of cash for the Classic Lotto. The jackpot hasn't been won since the December 7, 2011, drawing when one player matched all six numbers and picked up a $2.7 million reward.
Ohio Classic Lotto drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday; so a lot of rollovers were required to push the prize up to its present level and the Ohio Lottery has no explanation why the jackpot has evaded players for so long.