By Jill Reilly
Published: 04:32 EDT, 19 February 2014 | Updated: 07:29 EDT, 19 February 2014
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.
Previously he had only ever won $100 in one drawing. But his luck changed on Saturday night after he bought a ticket from a gas station.
Robert Winburn, 49, from Urbandale, Iowa, has won a $1 million on the Powerball jackpot after playing same numbers every week for twenty years
The odds of winning the $1 million prize is 1 in 5,153,632.65.
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Winburn matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in Saturday's $330.8 million jackpot drawing to win $1 million. Saturday's winning numbers were: 2-9-14-21-23 and Powerball 3. The Power Play number was 3.
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 lucky ticket was purchased at Git-N-Go, 8701 Hickman Road in Urbandale
WHAT CHANCE HAVE YOU GOT? THE ODDS OF WINNING THE POWERBALL
The odds of winning the $1 million prize is 1 in about 5.1 million.
Tonight's Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot. If no one matches all the numbers, the prize potential will grow before the next drawing on Saturday.
The estimated $400 million jackpot is the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history. Impressive, but it may not hold that record in a few years ... or even a few months. More than half of the 10 largest lottery jackpots have been reached since 2012.
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 are 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.
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.
'Then (the winning) one came up. I just kind of glanced at it.'
Winburn said he scanned his ticket a second time to double-check his luck,.
'I did tell the guy next to me, 'I don't believe this,'' he said. 'And he leaned over and I did it again and he says, "Sign it and get the heck out of here."'
Winburn doesn't have any big plans to splash out - he said he is going to buy a new car, pay his bills and then invest the rest of his winnings.
Winburn's ticket was one of nine across the country that each won a $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing.
A ticket sold in Texas won a $2 million prize because whoever bought it also added the Power Play option to the purchase.
The last $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa hit in November and is still unclaimed three months later.
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. The second-largest came in December, a $636 million Mega Millions prize.
The two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta.
The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman last May.
The $400 miliion Powerball jackpot tops the list of lottery payouts in this convenience store in the Minneapolis skyway system yesterday
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2562760/Robert-Winburn-wins-1-million-Powerball-playing-numbers-FOR-20-YEARS.html