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A VERY Happy St. Patrick's Day: Cedar Rapids Man Claims $2 Million Powerball® Prize Won In North Liberty

Karl Krumbholz Is Area's Second Big Lottery Winner In Six Months

Karl Krumbholz  Hear Karl tell his story.

CLIVE, Iowa - Maybe his Irish heritage and St. Patrick's Day had something to do with it. Maybe his mom is pulling strings from up above to send some luck his way. Whatever the reason, Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids has won a $2 million Powerball prize.

"My mom passed away a year and a half ago. We've been joking about it: Now the Cubs have won the World Series and I've won the lottery," Krumbholz said as he claimed his prize Friday - St. Patrick's Day - at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

So does he think his mom or the Irish ancestry on both sides of his family had something to do with his lottery luck?

"It's a nice thought," he said with a smile.

Krumbholz, 63, who works in information-technology for University of Iowa Hospitals in North Liberty, said he bought his winning ticket Monday at Smokin' Joe's tobacco shop, 465 S. Iowa Highway 965 in North Liberty, which is one of his regular stops during the lunch hour. When he stopped back at the store on Thursday, the staff there already knew that their location had sold a $2 million-winning ticket and immediately told him to check his ticket.

"And I'm thinking, 'No, not really,'" Krumbholz said. "She told me to sign it and I signed it. And she ran it through the machine and it came up as $2,000,012!"

Krumbholz had multiple plays on his ticket and in addition to his $2 million winner, he also had a $12 winner. He said he immediately called his dad and girlfriend to share the news. Then he went back to work, where he didn't even try to keep things quiet.

"I told everybody," he said with a laugh. "I told my boss and he said, 'Well, I assume you'll be gone tomorrow.'"

Krumbholz' $2 million-winning play came within one number of having at least a share of Wednesday's $123.4 million jackpot. He initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize. But he also added the Power Play® option to the purchase, which multiplied his prize to $2 million. Krumbholz' ticket was the only one in the country to win a $2 million prize in Wednesday drawing.

Wednesday's winning numbers were: 16-30-41-48-53 and Powerball 16. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $141 million annuity ($83.3 million cash option) for Saturday.

Smokin' Joe's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket.

Krumbholz said that he plans to use part of his winnings to pay off his home mortgage, then will put the rest of the money away for retirement.

Krumbholz is North Liberty's second big winner in the past six months. In October, a Coralville man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased at a North Liberty convenience store. Jeff Tomlinson Jr. of Coralville claimed his $1 million prize on Oct. 7.

Still another big Powerball prize in eastern Iowa remains unclaimed. That $2 million prize was won with a ticket purchased at a Cedar Rapids convenience store for the Powerball drawing on July 16. Powerball prizes won in Iowa must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing for which they were eligible. The lottery reminds players to double-check their tickets for any prize they may have won.

Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69, and another number - called the Powerball - from a separate pool of 26. The Power Play® option is available for an extra $1 per play.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today Powerball is played by 47 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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