LOTTO WINNER: Couple Claims Million Dollar Ticket

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A Webster City man is Iowa’s newest millionaire.

70-year-old Tom Christeson and his wife Norma were visiting family in Des Moines for the holiday weekend.  On Saturday the group ate dinner at the new Hy-vee in Urbandale, where Christeson bought a Powerball ticket.

While his family shopped at Valley West Mall the next day, he snuck off to check his ticket and realized he was the big winner. He had hit all the numbers, except the Powerball.

But there was a slight mix-up and the clerk accidentally threw away the winning ticket, handing him a second, non-winning ticket back. Tom had his two daughter dig through the garbage to retrieve the correct ticket.

All the commotion was a bit much for Norma, who said she almost fainted.

The Webster City pair says they are going to use the money to put an addition on their home, and buy a dishwasher, which they’ve never owned.

Tom drives a grain truck at Heartland Co-op in Randall, he was already planning to retire in January and he says he’s sticking to that plan.

Christeson is the third big winner in two years for Webster City, a community of about 8,000 in Hamilton County.