Big, fat, winning lottery ticket almost lost in a pickup truck

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

The win was a shock to the single mom, who struggled to persuade her three daughters and other relatives that it was for real.

She said that she accidentally left it on the floor of her sister's pickup truck, where it remained until Powerball announced the lucky numbers for the almost $700 million jackpot, the fourth-largest in USA lottery history.

Lerynne West, 51, bought her tickets at Casey's General Store in the small town of Redfield, Iowa, while grabbing pizza and coffee with her sister.

West said she is focused on doing as much good with the money as possible.

Once she corrected the date, "It was red, red, red, red, red, jackpot, and I thought, 'I've done something wrong again, "' she said.

Lerynne West couldn't find the ticket she'd bought the day before so asked her sister to check.

West's lucky purchase came after she had already made a big life change. "My daughters had to sacrifice a lot for that", West says as she chokes back tears.

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There it was, on the floor of their pickup truck, a scrap piece of paper worth her share of $344 million.

After hearing someone from Iowa had won half of a almost $700 million Powerball jackpot, Lerynne West couldn't find the ticket she'd bought the day before so asked her sister to check.

Lerynne West, of Iowa, US, discovered her winning Powerball ticket that was lost after the $954 million jackpot was drawn. The New York ticket has yet to be claimed. The most she had ever won before was $150.

Ms West said she grew up in a "very humble family" with seven siblings in Iowa and knows what it's like to struggle financially. She has six grandchildren. "They thought I was insane".

"Friday, October 26 ... was kind of special for me because I had bought my first home", West said, adding, "I was moving that day". She has already launched a charity organization in honor of her late grandson Callum. He was born prematurely at 24 weeks in April and lived for one day, she said.

The organization will give grants in Iowa and beyond, focusing on "poverty and hunger, education, animal welfare, and veteran affairs" according to its website. But she also takes them quite seriously. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta that people have just beat up when I'm not in it", she said. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta that people have just beat up when I'm not in it", West said, noting that the vehicle had 142,000 miles on it.

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