Rubben Jones, 60, a relief operator at Bridgestone Firestone, likes the Iowa $100,000 Cash Game (a pick 5 of 35 lotto game) so much that he often doesn’t check his ticket nightly.
So he didn’t know he had won big on Dec. 22 until he stopped by the store where he buys his usual set of tickets. The clerk clued Jones in on the good news.
“She says, ‘We sold a $100,000 ticket from this store and nobody’s claimed it yet,'” said Jones.
So the clerk then asked if he had checked his tickets yet.
“I told my wife when I got home, ‘You know, they sold a $100,000 ticket down at the store and nobody’s claimed it,'” said Jones. “So she said I should probably check mine.”
After Jones’ wife, Teresa, located the ticket, she went online to check the numbers.
“She looked it up and I heard her say, ‘OhOh my!'” explained Jones. “I said, ‘What?’ And I got up and went in there and lookedand all the numbers matched. I said, ‘Oh my goodness!’ I couldn’t sleep.”
Once they confirmed their numbers online, Jones and his wife brought the winning ticket, along with some others, to be validated at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Jones decided to have a little fun with the validations office. He placed the $100,000 winning ticket at the bottom of the second set of tickets to be validated.
“They went through the stack and got them all done,” laughed Jones. “I stepped up and said, ‘Well, we got a couple more here we gotta go through.’ She put the $100,000 in there and said, ‘Oh my goodness.'”
Jones and his wife Teresa got a fun laugh out of that one.
“She said that was wrong of me,” chuckled Jones. “But it worked.”
The winning numbers on Dec. 22 were: 9-11-16-22-26. Jones’ ticket matched all five numbers drawn to win the top prize.
Around the World:
Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is the largest lottery jackpot currently being offered in the world, $80 million.
Friday night’s Euro Millions has a 37 million Euro jackpot ($52 million, U.S.)
And Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot rises to $46 million, after no one won last night’s draw.
Last night’s Mega MIllions numbers were 1,22,29,44,52 and the Mega ball was 39.
No one won the jackpot but there were 381,264 winners overall and they won a total of $2,983,129.
Five tickets matched the first five numbers, but not the Mega ball. Those tickets are each worth $250,000. They were bought in Georgia (two tickets), Massachusetts, Michigan and New York.
19 tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Mega ball. Those tickets are each worth $10,000.
Good luck tonight to everyone.
If you’re going out tonight, drive safely and everyone… have a Happy New Year.