An Iowa City man said something unusual happened last week when he checked his Powerball ticket on the lottery's website.
"I always check my numbers in the morning and usually go, 'Huh I got one,'" said Jeff Carter. "And (Thursday) morning I got up and looked online and I'm like, 'Hmm, that's odd. There's four numbers and the Powerball.'"
Carter matched four white balls and the Powerball in the June 4 drawing to win a $10,000 prize. He purchased his winning ticket at Hartig Drug Company, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City.
Carter said he double-checked his Powerball numbers in a local newspaper and was confident that his ticket was a big winner.
"I was really shocked when I looked at that," Carter told lottery employees as he claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. "And then of course you're thinking, 'Why couldn't that other number be there?'"
The 65-year-old retiree said he is a regular Powerball player, but this is the first time he has won a big lottery prize.
"This is the first time I've won over four bucks," he said.
Carter and his wife, Marty, said the lottery winnings will be used to buy a new roof for their house and to help pay for an upcoming trip to the Four Corners Region in the western United States.
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