Iowa's latest $1 million Powerball winner said he's always believed that that he would win a big lottery prize. And now he has, but he says he's not done yet.
"It's an experience I've never felt before," Joel Dominguez of Sioux City said as he claimed his $1 million prize on Monday at lottery headquarters in Clive. "I've always imagined it. But I can't believe I have all those numbers."
Dominguez, 23, is a pipefitter for Performance Contractors, which is working on the construction of a large fertilizer plant south of Sioux City. He said he bought a few Powerball tickets for Saturday's record jackpot drawing and was on the phone after the drawing with his wife, Tanya, who was in Arizona visiting family. They found the winning numbers online, but Joel said his wife thought he was joking when he said they'd won $1 million. So he sent her a text with a photo of the ticket as evidence.
"And then we were up until 1:30 or 2 a.m.," Joel said. "We couldn't sleep."
Joel Dominguez bought his $1 million-winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 3301 Gordon Drive in Sioux City. His ticket came within one number of having at least a share of Saturday's record $947.9 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.
Dominguez knows he was just one number away from winning the giant jackpot, and he plans to buy tickets for Wednesday's drawing, hoping to hit it even bigger then.
"It would have been nice," Dominguez said. "But $1 million is a great feeling."
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