Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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U.S. Air Force Veteran Claims $1 Million Match 5 Powerball
United States Air Force veteran, Matthew Packebush of
Hutchinson, has claimed a Match 5 Powerball cash prize worth $1
million! Kansas' newest millionaire purchased a $2 Quick Pick
ticket, matching the first five Powerball numbers in the June 30
drawing. The winning numbers were 07-15-20-41-44 Powerball
22. Packebush's winning numbers were 07-15-20-41-44 Powerball
Although the Hutchinson resident missed winning the Powerball
jackpot by one number, he is thrilled to have won a $1 million cash
"Shortly after the drawing, I looked up the winning numbers on
my phone," said Packebush. "When I realized I had matched all
five numbers on my ticket, I called my Mom. She doesn't like
getting calls late at night, but I had to tell her the news.
When she answered the phone, she thought something was wrong.
When I told her I thought I had won the Lottery, she couldn't
The 34-year-old winner, who has been remodeling his home,
decided to go to a nearby convenience store to have his winning
"When I scanned my ticket, the machine said the Powerball
results weren't in yet, so I went home and looked up the winning
numbers again," said Packebush. "At that point, I was pretty
sure I had matched all five numbers. I decided I had better
sign the back of my ticket, but couldn't find a pen anywhere.
I drove back to the store where I bought the ticket and asked for a
After signing the back of his winning ticket, Packebush said he
kept a death grip on it, not wanting it out of his sight.
After a sleepless night, he went to a local grocery store where he
purchased Ziploc bags and clear tape. Knowing he had to wait
until Monday to claim his prize, Packebush placed his winning
ticket in a Ziploc bag and taped it to his chest.
"I didn't want to take a chance of losing it," said
Packebush. "That's a lot of money!"
According to Packebush, he doesn't play Kansas Lottery games
often, only when he can fit it in his budget.
"I play when I can afford to," said Packebush. "My advice
for other players is, don't get discouraged because winning is a
very wonderful thing."
Packebush, who has three children, plans to purchase a new truck
with his winnings, start college funds for his children and invest
the rest in real estate.
The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Shop 774, located at
1401 E. 17th St. in Hutchinson.