An Ottumwa man is $100,000 richer thanks to a Powerball ticket and some old-fashioned good luck.
William Hall matched four of five white balls and the Powerball in the Oct. 2 drawing. His initial $50,000 prize was doubled because he opted for the $1 Power Play add-on, which multiplies non-jackpot winnings by up to 10 times. Hall, who was one number away from winning that night’s $651.3 million jackpot, said he planned to use his winnings to purchase an RV to travel the country with his wife in retirement. He purchased his winning ticket at Fareway, 1325 Albia Road in Ottumwa, and claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Clive.
The winning numbers in the Oct. 2 drawing were 28-38-42-47-52 and Powerball 1. The Power Play was 2. Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69, and another number (the eponymous Powerball) from a separate pool of 26.
Since beginning in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today Powerball is played by 48 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.