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Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack wins $150,000 lottery prize

Feb 11, 2020, 7:43 am

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PowerballPowerball: Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack wins $150,000 lottery prizeRating:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is $150,000 richer after claiming a Powerball lottery prize Monday.

Vilsack won the money playing Powerball in January, when the jackpot climbed to about $347 million before the drawing Jan. 22.

"I forgot about the ticket," Vilsack said in a news release from the Iowa Lottery. "Then I woke up 10 days later, on a Saturday morning, and I said, 'Oh, geez, I wonder how I did?' "

Vilsack served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. He served as the U.S. secretary of agriculture from 2009 to 2017 in President Barack Obama's administration.

He is CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, whose parent company, the nonprofit Dairy Management, promotes milk and other dairy products.

Ten Dairy Management executives made more than $800,000 each in 2017, even as more than 1,600 dairy farms closed nationwide, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In 2018, Vilsack earned salary and bonuses totaling $930,090, more than quadruple the $200,000 salary he received as a member of President Obama's Cabinet, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Vilsack donated some of the proceeds to St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, split some of the money with his two sons and used the rest to pay down his mortgage, he said. In 2015, he bought a home next door to one of his sons in Waukee.

A friend of his who served on his security team while he served as agriculture secretary was a regular lottery player and won a lottery prize in a similar way, Vilsack said.

"We used to joke about what we'd do (with lottery winnings)," Vilsack said.

Vilsack plays regularly for fun when jackpots get above $250 million.

"I do it primarily because I know it continues to support schools and other educational needs, infrastructure," Vilsack said. "Knowing full well that you're never going to win."

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Thanks to TheMeatman2005 for the tip.

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Simpsonville
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Bags of money all the way around!

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    Another Fair Weather Lottery Player that only Plays when the Jackpot is above $250 Million!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

    The best way to learn is to never stop being a student!

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      * In hot pursuit of $ *
      White Shores- California
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      It's a truism that lantern jawed players rarely win, but having a cherubic face..

       * Voice of Reason *   

      * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        Another Fair Weather Lottery Player that only Plays when the Jackpot is above $250 Million!

        He didn't get where he is by being a moron.

          cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

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          It's a truism that lantern jawed players rarely win, but having a cherubic face..

          Now I'm going to be looking at jawlines every time a winner story is posted.


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            Probably HE knew the numbers before hand through his political connection but probably was only given 4+1 because it won’t raise any eye brows

              cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

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              Probably HE knew the numbers before hand through his political connection but probably was only given 4+1 because it won’t raise any eye brows

              Or it's a fluke. Or he plays a lot more than he lets on. I think we'll never know, but I enjoy your theories.

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                White Shores- California
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                Now I'm going to be looking at jawlines every time a winner story is posted.

                l don't guess.

                Cherubic face winners:

                *Mackenzie.
                *Arthur Bongiorno.
                *Gabriel Morales.
                * Whittaker.

                *Manuel Franco.

                * Robinson's.

                *** l did say " rarely" for the Lantern bunch.

                 * Voice of Reason *   

                * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                  Congratulations to the Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.  Winning $150,000.00 feels better than losing.

                   He won fair and square knowing that Iowa Lottery's security is the best. 

                   "We are all in this together!" 

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                    Simpsonville
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                    music* I read between the lines on your last sentence and had a good chuckle.

                      Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
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                      Now I'm going to be looking at jawlines every time a winner story is posted.

                      LOL LOL @ Joe.

                       

                      But, congrats to such winner.

                       

                      A gov won?(former gov that is.)Quite interesting,but i am happy for him.White Bounce

                       

                      Good luck, to you,Cotton Eyed Joe, and all fellow players$$$ at L.Post. G-night.

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