'I want to get a dog': Iowa woman wins $1 million MegaMillions lottery prize
An Iowa woman who claimed a $1 million Mega Millions jackpot this month said she's long had a feeling she'd win big.
Karen Kramer, of Urbana, matched the first five numbers of Tuesday's $56 million drawing on a ticket she bought in Harpers Ferry while spending the weekend at her cabin along the Mississippi River, according to an Iowa Lottery news release.
She missed the Mega Ball number, but the ticket was still worth $1 million.
"I've always told my husband that I'm going to win the lottery," Kramer said in the news release. "I said, 'I have the right numbers, they just don't pick my numbers.'"
A ticket purchased in Illinois matched Tuesday's winning numbers (9-22-39-41-54) and the Mega Ball (19), but the jackpot has not yet been claimed. Another $1 million ticket like Kramer's was sold in West Virginia.
Kramer, 60, told lottery officials she and her husband will use the winnings to pay off some bills and boost their retirement account. Also, "I want to get a dog," she said in the news release.
Kramer is the third Iowan to win at least $500,000 playing the lottery this year, according to the news release. Gene Dice Sr., of Sergeant Bluff, won a $500,000 Powerball prize in February, and Anton Garrett, of Waterloo, won $2 million playing Powerball in May.
Iowa has a history of big lottery winners. Five Powerball jackpots worth at least $100 million have been claimed by Iowans in the last 15 years, including:
November 2018: Lerynne West, of Redfield, claimed Iowa's largest lottery prize to date — $343.9 million. West's ticket, and one sold in New York, matched the winning numbers 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, and Powerball 4.
June 2012: The Shipping 20, a group of co-workers in the shipping department at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, split a $241 million Powerball jackpot.
October 2012: Bondurant's Lohse family won a Powerball jackpot prize worth $202.1 million.
October 2006: Fort Dodge's Timothy Guderian won a Powerball jackpot prize worth $200.8 million.
January 2006: Des Moines' Hugh Hawkins won a Powerball jackpot prize worth $113.2 million.
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