BRIAN LOHSE’S DISBELIEF
Mary Lohse, who is 42 and works as a certified medical assistant in the paediatric clinic at St. Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, decided to play Powerball with two tickets while filling up with petrol at Casey’s General Store, on her way to work on 26th September – the day of the draw. On 27th September Mary heard that there was one Powerball lotto jackpot winner and they were from Iowa.
On seeing the Powerball winning numbers, Mary thought she may have three of them and could have won $100. She decided to check her ticket when she got to work and found that she had all six numbers. “I was shaking so bad, I figured I should not be there giving children shots and stuff, so I lied and said that I had a sick child – which I have since apologised to them for – then left, and called Brian.” Brian Lohse is 43 and works as an attorney in Des Moines. He was in Portland on business when Mary rang him with the news that they had won the Powerball lotto jackpot. “I just figured she was playing a joke,” he said, “and she was carrying it quite far, but that’s not necessarily unusual. She put her boss on and she tried to convince me as well, and I just figured I was being punked.” Brian told Mary, “if you are telling the truth, go see our attorney.”
Mr Lohse did not believe his wife or her text messages about them being Powerball winners until she rang from the attorney’s office.