Lerynne West, Iowa Grandmother, ID’d as Powerball Jackpot Winner

Central Iowa Woman claims $343.9 million dollar jackpot

She will share the jackpot drawn on October 27 with someone who bought the other winning ticket in New York City but hasn't claimed the prize.

A single mother who won nearly $275 million in Powerball reveals the moment she discovered her winning ticket was lost after the jackpot was drawn.

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

West opted to take the prize money in a lump sum which equates to roughly $198 million with taxes taken out. After entering the correct date, she learned she had matched every number - including the Powerball. She is the victor of the largest lottery prize to date in Iowa. 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. "And, drive slow", she said. "My daughters had to sacrifice a lot for that", West says as she chokes back tears. West left it on the floor of her sister's pickup truck over the weekend and had to be reminded it was there. I also plan to give to the causes and organizations important to my family through our newly established Callum Foundation, ' West told the Iowa Lottery for a news release. West asked if someone from Iowa won and found out that there was a victor in Iowa and in NY.

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

"I realize this is a life-changing moment", West, of Redfield, Iowa said as she claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Clive.

Ms West said "nobody believed" she had won initially.

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West overcame odds of 292.2 million to one to win.

She recalled during the press conference, "I put those numbers into the IAlottery.com".

"Once you have won and you realize the responsibility and. just the impact that you can make, all frivolity goes out the window", she said.

The Callum Foundation will help individuals by grantmaking in several areas: poverty and hunger, education, animal welfare, and veteran affairs, according to the website. She has already launched a charity organization in honor of her late grandson Callum.

"You know, when we were dreaming about it I would get all frivolous and I would have a whole lineup of cars that I was going to buy". She says she wants to buy a new auto and help out family and friends. "Currently I drive a Ford Fiesta with 142,000 miles on it".

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

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