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Wyomingite wrangles $100,000 windfall

A Wyoming Powerball winner scored $100,000 after the 9 p.m. drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Today, WyoLottoTM officials announced that Curtis Reid of Mills, Wyo. is the lucky Powerball winner. The winning ticket was sold on Feb. 21 at the Maverik in Green River, Wyo., located at 59 Uinta Drive.

Although Reid didn’t hit the $435 million jackpot like the winner in Indiana, he did increase his luck by choosing the Power Play and boosting his winning ticket from $50,000 to $100,000. Reid purchased his winning ticket when he travelled through Green River as a truck driver for the Food Bank of the Rockies, a program that supplies food to hunger relief agencies throughout Wyoming.

Reid has won money from the lottery before, but said he was excited to see this winning ticket because, “There are a couple more zeros this time!”

Reid had an inkling that he may be a winner while listening to the radio and realizing the jackpot-winning ticket shared some of the same numbers as his ticket. He remembers thinking, “I have some of those numbers, I’d better check this out.” 

After plugging in his numbers four times using WyoLotto’s online number checker, Reid said, “I couldn’t believe it, I was pretty shocked!”

Reid plans to pay off his motorcycle and get a new car. The winnings will also allow him to tour Wyoming and travel by motorcycle to Minnesota this summer. 

Reid said he plans to continue playing WyoLotto games, adding, “The best is yet to come, I will definitely keep playing!”

WyoLotto offers four unique draw games including Cowboy DrawTM , Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, and Powerball. Wyoming has celebrated 1,987,714 winners across the state for all four games, and players have brought home $29,191,618 in total winnings since WyoLotto launched in August 2014.