$200 Million Powerball Jackpot Couple Plans To Keep Working
Published: October 5, 2006 | 4874th good news item since 2003
A couple from Fort Dodge, Iowa stepped forward to claim the $200.8 million Powerball prize.
The Iowa Lottery announced Wednesday morning that Tim and Kellie Guderian won the jackpot. They bought the winning ticket on Sept. 23 in Fort Dodge, KCCI-TV reported.
The couple met at while working at Wal-Mart. Tim Guderian is an auto detailer and Kellie Guderian has worked for Wal-Mart for nine years. They have been married for seven years.
The jackpot is the largest won in Iowa and is the largest in Iowa Lottery’s history. The winning ticket numbers were computer picked. They were 13-21-26-45-50 and Powerball 20.
“What a stroke of luck,” Tim Guderian said. “Fortunately, it is not a dream and we are very much awake.”
The Guderians chose to take the lump-sum payment, which amounts to $67 million after taxes.
They plan on staying in their current house and do some remodeling. He said they plan to take their first trip since their honeymoon, pay bills and buy a car.
“As surprising as this may seem, we both want to continue working … we may not have to work, but hard working is our way of life,” Tim Guderian said.
Kellie Guderian said they also plan on making gifts to their family, church and the community of Fort Dodge, including the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and the humane society.
Powerball began in 1985 and is played in 29 States, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands.
The record Powerball jackpot was $365 million won by eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant in February.
“We just want to keep our lives as normal as possible,” he said.