A single mother who won nearly $275 million in Powerball reveals the moment she discovered her winning ticket was lost after the jackpot was drawn.
Lerynne West, 51, is a single mother of three and has already retired from her job at Wellmark. She opted for the cash option which will pay her an immediate $198.1 million, minus taxes. Around noonish ... I said to [my sister], 'I'm really hungry and I need coffee, can you please take me to Casey's [General Store] so I can get a slice of pizza and a coffee?' So her and I went to Casey's in Redfield ... and I said, 'Oh yeah, can I get my lottery tickets?' ...
At the age of 17, West left high school in order to work and help her family financially.
A grandmother from Iowa claimed half of the almost $700 million Powerball prize, said lottery officials on November 5. She got a general-equivalency diploma in 1986 and an Upper Iowa University degree in human resources in 2006.
"Friday, October 26 ... was kind of special for me because I had bought my first home", West said, adding, "I was moving that day".More news: TENNESSEE: GOP Marsha Blackburn Wins Senate Seat
She is overjoyed with her winnings, she said.
Casey's will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the jackpot winning ticket at one of its stores.
"I realize this is a life-changing moment", West said in the statement.
West said the first thing she is going to buy for herself is a new auto. West asked if someone from Iowa won and found out that there was a victor in Iowa and in NY.
West couldn't find her ticket but then remembered it might be in her sister's truck. She would buy tickets sometimes twice a week when she could afford them.
The Callum Foundation is named for her grandson Callum, who died after just one day when he was born prematurely. Then, she realized she put in the numbers for the wrong date.More news: Google issues statement about RAM management issues on the Pixel 3
West says that is a place of humble beginnings.
The Callum Foundation will help individuals by grantmaking in several areas: poverty and hunger, education, animal welfare, and veteran affairs, according to the website.
Ms West and the buyer of a ticket at a Manhattan deli overcame odds of 292.2 million to one to win the Powerball.
She can't wait to get rid of her piece of junk auto. She says she wants to buy a new vehicle and help out family and friends.
Her Ford Fiesta has 142,000 miles on it and it's seen better days.
"I'm going to get a auto big enough", she added to CBS, "that I can take all my grandchildren places now".More news: Harvick Earns Shot at NASCAR Title With Victory in Texas