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Fonda man cool and collected to claim unusual $100,003 prize in Powerball

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Hasn't sunk in quite yet

Stand next to Fonda's David Farrell, and hope something rubs off. He may be the luckiest guy going.

When he and wife Mary played Powerball on New Year's Eve, he not only won the $100,000 prize, he unknowingly hit the Powerball on a second play on the same game slip. And that extra $3 cost him some mileage.

When Farrell went to the Storm Lake regional Iowa Lottery office Monday, and they noticed his second cash winner on the slip, they couldn't help him. They pay out a maximum of $100,000 here, and he's won a total $100,003. So later that day, he journeyed to Des Moines to pick up his big check.

The 48-year-old truck driver said he has a good idea how he is likely to spend his unexpected windfall.

"A lot of it is going to go toward paying off debt. That's about all the farther I've thought about it," he said. "I was farming a few years back, and I got out of farming and it left me with a lot of debt, so this will help clear some of that up."

The Farrells purchased the ticket at Albert City Pronto. For two weeks since the drawing, the area has been eagerly waiting to see who would claim the cash. Farrell, however, wasn't in too big a hurry.

"It seems that he was just waiting for a day that he had off work to go and claim the winnings," said Stephanie Forret of the state Lottery headquarters. "He was pretty calm about the whole thing - he just smiled and said it was a nice day for the drive."

The odds against winning two prizes on two Powerball games on the same ticket are astronomical, but Lottery officials were uncertain if it's ever happened before.

The area is on a history-making roll in the lottery games. On Monday alone, the Storm Lake office had winners of $50,000, $30,000 and $7,000 walk in as well as Farrell's $100 grand.

A Battle Creek woman won $100,000 Christmas Eve.

And just a few days ago, the Storm Lake office payed out a $100,000 check to another pair of winners who also hit five numbers in the same New Year's Powerball drawing. There were four $100,000 winners in the state that day - all just a Powerball match away from the $221.5 million jackpot that went untouched that day.

Donnie and Lynette O'Dell of South Sioux City, Neb., claimed their $100,000 Powerball prize on Jan. 6 in Storm Lake.

Donnie, who manages an auto shop in Sioux City, said a lottery employee who was getting work done on his van clued him in that a $100,000-winning Powerball ticket had been sold at a nearby Kum & Go. Donnie, who purchases his tickets at the same store, said his ticket for the New Year's Eve drawing was sitting on the kitchen counter at home.

"He said, 'Did you check your ticket?' and I said 'No, not yet.' I decided I probably should go home and check that ticket. That's what I did, and guess what? That was the ticket!" Donnie exclaimed.

The O'Dells say they have no definite plans for their winnings yet. "It hasn't soaked in yet all the way!" Donnie said.

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