Big Jackpot to Claim in Western South Dakota
Someone took the third prize with a multiplier over the weekend in South Dakota in the Powerball drawing.
South Dakota Lottery officials say the ticket was sold in Martin for the May 6 drawing. The ticket had four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball which is the third prize which is worth $50,000.
Melvin Lee Young of Allen which is located in Bennett County told South Dakota Lottery that he has been playing Powerball since the game began in South Dakota. The press release also mentioned that he usually spends an extra dollar for the Power Play multiplier.
One other line on the ticket matched the Powerball number as well which is worth $4. The total winnings tallied $150,012.
The Fresh Start on Bennett Avenue in Martin was the origin of the winning ticket. Once the numbers were drawn, Young's loved ones stepped up to solve the mystery.
Daughter Raquel Reddest was the on the case from the start after learning through the South Dakota Lottery Facebook page that the winning ticket was close at hand. A call to mom Eula May helped put the rest of the pieces together.
Quoting from a conversation with the South Dakota Lottery, Young described the magical moment.
"My wife told me to check my numbers. I told her and my daughter what my numbers were and they checked them on the Lottery website. So they were the first ones who knew I'd won. I've always had pretty good luck with those numbers.
"My prayers have been answered," he said. "First, I'm going to pay some bills and then save some for this and that. All I can say to others playing is hang in there. The only way to win is to keep trying."
The last third prize Powerball winner in South Dakota was less than a month ago. A Pierre man collected $50,000 from the April 12, 2017 drawing.
No one matched all six numbers in the latest drawing. The jackpot now stands at an estimated 165 million for the Wednesday drawing.
Maybe it's something in that Highway 18 corridor. Neal Wanless of rural Mission won the big jackpot after purchasing a ticket in Winner in 2009.