A northeast Iowa man won a big Powerball prize using a system he developed for picking the numbers.
Richard Giesbrecht of Waukon won a $20,000 prize in the June 28 Powerball drawing using his unique system. He purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 4000 University Ave. in Waterloo.
"I use a mathematical system. I go back in the history and I do a lot of figuring ? I have a formula that I use," Giesbrecht told lottery employees as he claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
However Giesbrecht is keeping his lips closed about the details of his system for picking winning lottery numbers.
"It's a deep, dark secret," he said. "Otherwise everybody is going to be hitting me up all the time and that's no fun."
Giesbrecht matched four white balls and the Powerball in the June 28 jackpot drawing to win a $10,000 prize. And since he added the Power Play® option to his ticket, his prize multiplied to $20,000.
The 74-year-old said he typically watches a local 10 p.m. newscast for the winning Powerball numbers, and when the June 28 winning numbers were shown, he knew that he had won.
"I was looking at the numbers and I said, 'These numbers look familiar,'" Giesbrecht said.
Giesbrecht, who works in the insurance industry, said his lottery winnings will be used to purchase a newer car and make some repairs to his home. He also said he revised his system for picking winning lottery numbers.
"I changed my system now a little bit since I won," he said. "So I've got a system now that might be even better. We'll see. It takes time. It might take a year or two to hit the biggie, but I'm working at it."
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