A dedicated lottery player has won $1 million on the Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers every week for two decades.Robert Winburn, 49, from Urbandale, Iowa, got his lucky numbers after assigning numbers to the letters of the alphabet and uses the corresponding numbers in his last name as his Powerball numbers. Winburn matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in Saturday's $330.8 million jackpot drawing to win $1 million.
He said he didn't know that he had a $1 million-winning ticket until he scanned his tickets Sunday using a self-checker at an Urbandale grocery store.'I put the first three (tickets) in and no win,' Winburn told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.
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Ocampo didn’t think much about the tickets until the next day when she started scratching off the numbers. Ocampo plans to show appreciation for her father by purchasing a new home for him, her mother and sister to live in. THE ODDS OF WINNING THE POWERBALLThe odds of winning the $1 million prize is 1 in about 5.1 million. The last $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa hit in November and is still unclaimed three months later. My dad buys tickets once in a while and thought it would fun to get me two tickets for my birthday,” she explained.
She was stunned when she scratched the second ticket and learned that she had won $4 million. The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012 that was shared by three winning tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.


No one matched all six numbers that night, so the big prize has climbed to an estimated $400 million annuity ($227.8 million cash option) for Wednesday.
The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman last May.
That's because major game changes to Powerball and Mega Millions have created larger jackpots in shorter periods of time. So if it seems like we were all just talking about the large, growing jackpot, it's because we were.The odds of winning tonight's Powerball areA  are about 1-in-175 million.
Officials over the years have noticed the trend that the larger the jackpot, the more interest in the top prize and a surge in players.



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