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Man wins $1M in Powerball after playing same numbers for 20 years

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A dedicated lottery player has won a $1 million Powerball prize after playing the same numbers every week for two decades.

Robert Winburn, 49, from Urbandale, Iowa, got his lucky numbers after assigning numbers to the letters of the alphabet and uses the corresponding numbers in his last name as his Powerball numbers.

Previously he had only ever won $100 in one drawing. But his luck changed on Saturday night after he bought a ticket from a gas station.

Winburn matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in Saturday's $330.8 million jackpot drawing to win $1 million. Saturday's winning numbers were 2, 9, 14, 21, and 23, with Powerball number 3. The Power Play number was 3.

No one matched all six numbers that night, so the big prize has climbed to an estimated $400 million annuity ($227.8 million cash option) for Wednesday.

He said he didn't know that he had a $1 million-winning ticket until he scanned his tickets Sunday using a self-checker at an Urbandale grocery store.

"I put the first three (tickets) in and no win," Winburn told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

"Then (the winning) one came up. I just kind of glanced at it."

Winburn said he scanned his ticket a second time to double-check his luck,.

"I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'" he said. "And he leaned over and I did it again and he says, 'Sign it and get the heck out of here.'"

Winburn doesn't have any big plans to waste his new-found fortune — he said he is going to buy a new car, pay his bills and then invest the rest of his winnings.

Winburn's ticket was one of nine across the country that each won a $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing.

A ticket sold in Texas won a $2 million prize because whoever bought it also added the Power Play option to the purchase.

The last $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa hit in November and is still unclaimed three months later.

The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012 that was shared by three winning tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The second-largest came in December, a $636 million Mega Millions prize.

The two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta.

The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman last May.

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IPlayWeekly's avatar - avatarmoney
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Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:06 am - IP Logged

Congrats to him and his family... If you play your own numbers play in every drawing.  You never know when your numbers will come in.

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    Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:07 am - IP Logged

    Patience Pays. Congrats to the lucky winner.

    Thousandaire

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      Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:21 am - IP Logged

      Congratulation Mr. WinburnThumbs Up

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        Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:27 am - IP Logged

        He has more dedication to those numbers then most folks do towards marriage !!!!  (prolly gonna take hell on that one) but, WTF...It's HUMP DAAAAAAAAAY...I love that commercial

        Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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          Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:51 am - IP Logged

          I play my own numbers although I do buy one extra QP ticket when it gets over $200,000,000.   I keep telling myself to stop playing my own numbers but if they came up and I didn't play them it would be a very long day, month, year and for that matter lifetime of me kicking myself.   Good for him!

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            Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:02 am - IP Logged

            Congratulations Mr. Robert Winburn on your persistence. It really paid off!

             

            Party

              Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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              Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:05 am - IP Logged

              Aha! He won using the Lustig method!

              I'm sure Dick will be along any minute now to espouse the virtues of his proven winning method.

                fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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                Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:15 am - IP Logged

                I wonder how much he spent over those past 20 years.

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                  Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:20 am - IP Logged

                  I wonder how much he spent over those past 20 years.

                  well FW....$2-10 a week(might be a reasonable figure) X 52 weeks X 20 years....I would take that return on my investment for 20 years  Thumbs Up

                  Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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                    Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                    A dedicated lottery player has won a $1 million Powerball prize after playing the same numbers every week for two decades.

                    Robert Winburn, 49, from Urbandale, Iowa, got his lucky numbers after assigning numbers to the letters of the alphabet and uses the corresponding numbers in his last name as his Powerball numbers.

                    Previously he had only ever won $100 in one drawing. But his luck changed on Saturday night after he bought a ticket from a gas station.

                    Winburn matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in Saturday's $330.8 million jackpot drawing to win $1 million. Saturday's winning numbers were 2, 9, 14, 21, and 23, with Powerball number 3. The Power Play number was 3.

                    No one matched all six numbers that night, so the big prize has climbed to an estimated $400 million annuity ($227.8 million cash option) for Wednesday.

                    He said he didn't know that he had a $1 million-winning ticket until he scanned his tickets Sunday using a self-checker at an Urbandale grocery store.

                    "I put the first three (tickets) in and no win," Winburn told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

                    "Then (the winning) one came up. I just kind of glanced at it."

                    Winburn said he scanned his ticket a second time to double-check his luck,.

                    "I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'" he said. "And he leaned over and I did it again and he says, 'Sign it and get the heck out of here.'"

                    Winburn doesn't have any big plans to waste his new-found fortune — he said he is going to buy a new car, pay his bills and then invest the rest of his winnings.

                    Winburn's ticket was one of nine across the country that each won a $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing.

                    A ticket sold in Texas won a $2 million prize because whoever bought it also added the Power Play option to the purchase.

                    The last $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa hit in November and is still unclaimed three months later.

                    The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012 that was shared by three winning tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The second-largest came in December, a $636 million Mega Millions prize.

                    The two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta.

                    The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman last May.

                    News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                    PartyWOOOOOOOOOO CONGRATS MR WINBURN!!! ENJOY THAT I WISH I COULD WIN LIKE THAT BUT ENJOY SIR!!!!

                      helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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                      Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:29 am - IP Logged

                      Congratulations Mr,Rob Winburn spend WiselyParty

                       

                      "I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'" he said. "And he leaned over and I did it again and he says,

                      'Sign it and get the heck out of here.'" Green laugh

                                       

                        helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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                        Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                        Aha! He won using the Lustig method!

                        I'm sure Dick will be along any minute now to espouse the virtues of his proven winning method.

                        Green laugh

                                         

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                          Posted: February 19, 2014, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

                          He has more dedication to those numbers then most folks do towards marriage !!!!  (prolly gonna take hell on that one) but, WTF...It's HUMP DAAAAAAAAAY...I love that commercial

                          lol, He believed and it paid off, nice job Robert.

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                            sully16's avatar - sharan
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                            Posted: February 19, 2014, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

                            I wonder how much he spent over those past 20 years.

                            Good question, lot and lots would be my guess.

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