Iowa Powerball Winner Comes Forward

And then there was one…while whomever bought the winning ticket in New York hasn’t come forward, Iowa's winner in the multi-million dollar Powerball lottery is claiming that cut of the prize.

Lerynne West of small town Redfield could have taken home an annuity worth $343.9-million annuity, but she’s apparently opted for the $198.1-million lump-sum payout instead. The 51-year-old single mom is understandably blown away, and grateful – but also says she “gets it.”

“I realize this is a life-changing moment,” she told reporters yesterday. “I’m excited to share my winnings with family and friends, plan to purchase a new car, and look forward to a long vacation – or several. I also plan to give to the causes and organizations important to my family.”

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