Father's Day present worth $2 million
Decorah's Don Johnson wins Powerball
Monday, June 24, 2013 3:33 AM
A Father's Day present Don Johnson received from his daughter was worth $2 million.
Don Johnson with his winning ticket.
Johnson, 80, of Decorah, had the winning ticket in Saturday's $131.5 million Powerball drawing. His daughter, Deb Coffey, purchased the lottery ticket at Casey's on College Drive and gave it to her father as a gift.
"She was pretty surprised," said Coffey in an interview with Decorah Newspapers Monday morning.
When asked how it feels to win and what he will do with the $2 million, Johnson answered, "I don't know yet."
He said he plans to claim his winnings whenever his daughter and her husband, Charles Coffey, have time to give him a ride.
About the lottery
The $2 million-winning ticket came close to having a share of the jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. Coffey also added the Power Play to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million.
The winning numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing were 13-19-23-33-57 and Powerball 28.
Sean Harris, a clerk working Sunday morning at the Casey's location, said he was excited that his store had sold a ticket winning such a big prize.
"I still can't believe it," Harris said. "It's like, 'Wow.'"
Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for the $2 million-winning ticket being sold at its Decorah store.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that Iowa is having another banner year in Powerball.
"The $2 Powerball game continues to deliver exactly what we envisioned: more millionaires," Rich said. "It's exciting to see another $2 million winner here in our state."
When $2 Powerball began in January 2012, lottery officials predicted that the newly designed game would produce more millionaires. The game's starting jackpots have doubled to $40 million and the jackpot is now easier to win. But perhaps the most important change for the person who bought the winning ticket in Decorah is that the game's second prize for matching the first five numbers increased from $200,000 to the current $1 million cash, which multiplies to $2 million with the Power Play.
A Southeast Iowa man became Iowa's first $2 million Powerball winner back in March. Michael Lally of Barnes City matched the first five numbers in the March 23 Powerball drawing and had added the Power Play to his ticket, so he won a $2 million prize.
The Powerball jackpot returns to $40 million for Wednesday's drawing. Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59, but the group of numbers in the Powerball pool has shrunk from 39 to 35, producing better overall odds of winning a prize. The Power Play® option is an extra $1 per play.Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.4 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.