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Graettinger Man Sharing In Powerball Win

By Staff | May 6, 2008

At first, Pam Wegener didn’t quite believe what she was hearing over the phone on Thursday morning. She hung up the phone and announced to the customers in the Graettinger Country Store that a $200,000 Iowa Lottery Powerball ticket had been sold through the store’s terminal.

“I don’t believe it, but the lottery is coming up at noon to validate the machine,” Wegener said after the call. “Now, I wonder who has the ticket?”

For a while on Thursday, the community was abuzz with that same question. Many folks brought tickets in to be checked, but by days’ end, the winner was known. Dennis Berry and 16 co-workers at the Wisdom Station power plant west of Spencer would be sharing the $200,000 prize for matching five numbers from the April 30 drawing.

For the record, the numbers drawn on April 30 were 1, 17, 25, 43 and 51, along with the Powerball number of 38.

Harry Braafhart, Vice President of Security for the Iowa Lottery’s Regional Office in Storm Lake, validated the terminal at the Country Store over the noon hour on Thursday in accordance with procedures. All winning lottery tickets are confirmed under lottery rules, and special confirmation procedures are taken for winning tickets that pay over $25,000.

Braafhart confirmed that the winning ticket had been purchased on April 7, and that the Powerplay option had not been purchased on the winning ticket.