Iowa winner claims half of $688 million Powerball jackpot

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

She shares the prize with a person, so far unidentified, who bought the other winning ticket in New York City.

The day after the drawing, West got a text from a friend, asking if she had won the jackpot.

The mother of three chose to take a $198.1 million lump sum instead of the $343.9 million annuity, her representative Andy Garman said on Monday.

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

The paper reported that West, 51, grew up mainly in Earlham and has lived in Dallas County, Iowa, most of her life.

The drawing came only four day after someone won a US$1.54 billion ($2.14 billion) Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize ever. She worked in corn and soybean fields as a teenager, didn't graduate from high school but earned a GED diploma and took night classes to get a college degree in human resources in 2006. After taxes, she will walk away with $140.1 million, Garman said.

"I played the lottery twice a week, when I had the money to do it", she said. Her sister sent Ms West a picture of the ticket.

West said she had just purchased her first home and was moving on October 26 when her sister took her to the Casey's General Store in Redfield to get a slice of pizza and coffee.

The New York victor purchased their ticket at a bodega in West Harlem.

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While she's going to pay it forward, she's also going to help her family.

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. She has established the Callum Foundation - named after her late grandson who died after being born prematurely in April, CBS News reported - to share her winnings.

Lerynne West, called her sister to check her auto for the ticket, which was found on the vehicle floor.

"All of a sudden, once you have won and you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, all frivolity goes out the window". Then, she realized she put in the numbers for the wrong date. "And I said to my sister 'Get that ticket, get in your truck and get up here and drive slow'".

The single mum will set up a foundation for people to seek financial help.

In winning the Powerball jackpot, West overcame odds of one in 292.2 million, CBS noted.

The first thing she said she would buy for herself was a new auto. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles on it".

"I'm going to get a auto big enough", she added to CBS, "that I can take all my grandchildren places now".

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