A US Powerball player from Tipton, Iowa, came forward earlier this week to claim the $10,000 prize he won in January. When asked about the long lapse of time between his win and his claiming the prize Kelly Glynn said he'd been leaving it until his birthday—he turned 48 on Friday.
Glynn is one of two Tipton Powerball winners who were late making their claim, but the other winner came forward in May after lottery chiefs organized a news conference urging players to check their old tickets.
"I just thought I'd save it until around my birthday," Glynn said. "I didn’t know if I'd want anything or need anything. I just thought it'd be a nice birthday present."
Glynn went to collect his "birthday present" on Wednesday and joked about all the signs announcing there was an unclaimed prize—especially the one in the convenience store where he purchased his winning ticket.
"I've been looking at the poster every time I go in there," he said. "They'll be able to finally take it down now."