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Guy's Powerball Numbers Finally Win—After 20 Years
Tonight's jackpot expected to hit $400M
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2014 12:20 AM CST
Winburn was one of nine people nationwide who won $1 million on Saturday.   (Iowa Lottery)

(Newser) – An Iowa man who only won $100 in 19 years of playing the same Powerball numbers has become a millionaire in his 20th year of sticking with them. Rob Winburn won $1 million of Saturday's jackpot by matching five of the numbers, which correspond to numbers he assigned to the letters in his last name, KCCI reports. He had the first five numbers of 2-9-14-21-23, but missed the Powerball number: 3. His odds of winning that $1 million prize were 1 in 5,153,633.

When the winning ticket registered as such at a self-check machine the next day, "I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'" Winburn says. "And he leaned over and I did it again and he says, 'Sign it and get the heck out of here.'" He tells WOI-DT that he plans to pay off some bills, buy a new car, and invest the remainder. Nobody won the $330 million jackpot so tonight's jackpot is expected to be around $400 million, and it will top $500 million on Saturday if it rolls over again, the Los Angeles Times notes. (Click to read about another wild lottery win.)

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Feb 19, 2014 5:14 AM CST
Somebody won? That could have been ME!!!
Feb 19, 2014 1:42 AM CST
Same numbers for 20 years. Congratulations, your my favorite winner. Would be a great time not to buy another ticket again.
Feb 19, 2014 12:42 AM CST
these mega lotteries are getting insane... i'm surprised they don't do something like the Lotto Max in Quebec, where it caps out at a certain number, and then every million after that becomes a secondary prize, in which they draw new numbers for each of those secondary prizes. It's a great way of spreading the winnings around and enticing people (win-win) to buy into the lottery