POWERBALL WINNER HUGH HAWKINS’ LUCKY TICKET FROM DAHL’S
On 14th December, Hawkins’ wife Cindy Schumacher, asked him to go and buy some groceries at the local convenience store, Dahl’s, 1819 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines. Hawkins decided to play Powerball, choosing birthday numbers and numbers that were special to him. He was away on business the night of the drawing and didn’t look at the Powerball results at all.
On 18th December, Hawkins, aged 44, went into Dahl’s again and saw a banner which told him the ticket with the winning Powerball numbers had been sold at their store. Hawkins decided to put his 5 $1 tickets through to see if he had won the Powerball prize. “Well, it was a match,” Hawkins said, “And I haven’t slept in two and a half weeks. I spent the first week, scratching my head and giggling.”
The cashier in the shop, who gave Hawkins the Powerball results, said he went rather pale and then they hurriedly ushered him out of the rear entrance.
Schumacher was going to Ackley that day for her mother’s birthday party and Hawkins deliberately didn’t tell her about the Powerball lottery win until she returned that evening as he didn’t want her to be distracted while driving. On her return that evening, Hawkins quietly told Schumacher that he had won the Powerball jackpot. “I kept saying, ‘What? What.’”, she said, “ I didn’t cry and jump and scream. I kind of went still. It was a shock.”