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Couple from Wichita win $1000000 Powerball prize

Wed 12 Oct 2016, By Patty Reynolds
Couple from Wichita win $1000000 Powerball prize

Another big Powerball draw has passed and the jackpot has rolled over again. But that doesn’t mean nobody won. A couple from Wichita become Powerball winners when they matched the five main numbers and took home the second-division prize, a guaranteed $1 000 000.

Ricky and Cathy Clark from Kansas have just recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Could a second honeymoon be on the cards?

But before they contemplate that trip to Hawaii that Cathy hinted at in their interview, they plan to buy a new home with their winnings. With five children and seven grandchildren they’ll probably look for a home that’s big enough to accommodate family gatherings. The most amazing thing about their story is that it took them a few days to realise how much their Powerball ticket was worth!

It was only when Ricky heard that there was a big winner from south central Kansas that he called Kathy and told her to check their ticket. He knew they hadn’t chosen the Powerball number, so he had no idea what the ticket was worth. Had they matched the five main numbers and the Powerball number they would have hit the $205 000 000 jackpot.

It cannot be said often enough. If you’re going to buy Powerball tickets, you must check the Powerball results. You don’t have to get the jackpot to be a Powerball winner. Even winning a smaller prize can make you feel like a million dollars. Don’t assume that you haven’t won anything. Get those tickets out and double-check them. You can find the latest American lottery results with a quick Google search. But, why take the risk of missing out on a prize if there’s a better way to play the lottery?

You guessed it. Buy your Powerball tickets online and you won’t have to worry about checking your lottery tickets. Even if you aren’t a US citizen, you can play this popular American lottery with the help of an authorised lottery ticket agent. You simply create your account, log in and pick your lucky lotto numbers. Then pay for your ticket and wait for the good news to arrive in your inbox.

Playing the lottery online is just safer and easier. When you buy lottery tickets online you receive confirmation of your purchase via email. You could even get a scanned copy of your official lottery tickets so you don’t need to worry that you have no way of proving you’re the rightful owner. The agent will keep your tickets safe until the draw and taken place and the results are published.

After that, they do everything for you, from checking your ticket for the winning numbers to claiming your prize and depositing the in your account. If you’re a big Powerball winner, they’ll help you make arrangements to travel in person to collect your prize. There’s a reason why it’s referred to as an online lottery concierge service. It’s like having your own assistant whose sole responsibility is looking after your lottery tickets.

When you play the Powerball online, the only thing you need to do is keep an eye on your inbox. That’s not difficult, is it? And best of all, you don’t have to worry about keeping your ticket safe. It can’t get lost or damaged and you can access your lottery ticket history through your online account.

The cherry on top? Unlike Ricky and Cathy, it won’t take a few days to realise that you’re holding onto a winning ticket. You’ll get your winning confirmation email from the lottery ticket agent straight away. However you find out that you’re a Powerball winner, it’s sure to be a wonderful surprise. And here’s something else to keep in mind. You buy a lottery ticket because you want to win a jackpot. What you don’t realise is that many lotteries, including the Powerball, offer incredible second and third-tier prizes. There are literally hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed lottery prizes floating around out there. Just like Ricky from Wichita, they think they’ve missed out on the jackpot and it’s not worth checking their ticket.

There is usually a deadline for claiming your Powerball winnings of about a year. But if you win the jackpot and you want to take the lump sum, you have less time to come forward and claim it. That’s why you hear stories about winners who were cleaning out their drawer when they discovered an old lottery ticket and realised they had one day left to claim their prize.

Skip the drama (even though it makes for a great story) and buy your Powerball tickets online instead. It’s quick, easy and lot safer than buying a physical ticket that could get thrown in the laundry of blow away in the wind.