A single grand mother from Iowa wins Iowa Powerball Jackpot
Lerynne West, a 51 years old single grand mother in Iowa, has claimed the Iowa Powerball jackpot. West took the cash option, which will pay her an immediate $198.1 million, minus taxes.
West will share the $688 million jackpot drawn 27th October with someone who bought the other winning ticket in New York City but hasn't claimed the prize.
West said she dreamed of winning a jackpot, but "once you have won, you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, and all the frivolity goes out of the window."
The win came as a shock to the single mother, who struggled to persuade her three daughters and other relatives that it was for real.
West plans to use the money to caretare for her three daughters and six grand children. She also plans to set up an organization for grieving parents called the Callum Foundation named after one of her grand sons who lived just one day after being born prematurely.