DES MOINES, Iowa – It didn’t take Duane Hanson long to claim his prize. The Osage man drove to Des Moines, just hours after Wednesday’s Powerball drawing to turn in his $2 million winning ticket in exchange for an extra-large check.
Despite the astronomical odds of winning a prize of this magnitude, Hanson says he’s actually not very surprised.
“I actually told everybody, ‘I know I’m going to win it,’” Hanson said. He played the same set of numbers for years.
The 58-year-old Hanson bought his ticket at Casey’s General Store in Osage. He found out around 9 a.m. Thursday that his ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball. Normally this would be a $1 million prize, but it doubled because he chose the Power Play option.