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Woman finds winning US Powerball ticket in dirty laundry

Mon 25 Jan 2016, By Henry 'Mystic' Maven
Woman finds winning US Powerball ticket in dirty laundry

When you dig through your pants before throwing them in the wash, do you ever find loose change, or sometimes (if you're really lucky), a few dollar bills? In the case of a woman from Columbia, she discovered a winning US Powerball ticket in her husband's pants pocket.

Earlier this month, a woman from South Carolina was casually rifling through her husband's clothing before she washed them, only to find a random US Powerball ticket in them. The numbers matched the winning draw but sadly, the husband's ticket was out by only one number, therefore he could not share in the incredible $1.5 billion jackpot prize from last week.

Instead, they would win $100 000. As for the convenience store that sold the ticket, it won $1000.

The ticket matched five of the six numbers, which means a win of $50 000. Luckily, the husband opted to add the Power Play as well, so the winnings were multiplied by two. "My wife told me to be thankful I won what I did. She wanted to wash my pants," said the husband. To win $100 000 is still fantastic, as the husband had beaten the 1 in 913 129 odds.

Earlier this month saw the biggest US Powerball lottery jackpot in history. A prize of $1.5 billion was eventually won after the jackpot rolled over for many weeks, feverishly driving sales of the US Powerball. One of the jackpot prize winners received a lump sum of $528.8 million and have said that this amount, plus the exposure they have received is "overwhelming". Three winners in the US won, with many more scoring "smaller" prizes of a $1 million or less. Currently, the US Powerball jackpot is sitting at $75 million, with the draw taking place this Wednesday, 27 January 2016.