Barbara Haley revealed she and husband Steve won a $150,000 lottery jackpot after he accidentally opted for a wrong number (Picture: Iowa State Lottery)
A couple won a $150,000 lottery jackpot after the husband accidentally chose one of their usual numbers wrongly. Steve Haley meant to select a 9, as he and wife Barbara usually do, but ended up selecting the number 8 instead.
That mistake ended up winning the couple the huge sum, rather than the $300 they’d have taken home had Steve stuck with the agreed digits.
Barbara, from Sioux City in Iowa said: ‘When he filled it out, he accidentally put an 8 instead of a 9. We thought we were going to get $300. Because he put an 8 instead, we got $150,000. I’m always saying, “Why don’t you just wear your glasses?” I’m going to quit complaining to him.’
Steve and Barbara won a Powerball drawing last Saturday, after matching four of the winning numbers, 5-8-17-28, and the Powerball of 14. The Haleys paid extra for a Powerplay, which tripled their win from $50,000 to $150,000.
They found out they had won when they went to buy their groceries, and Steve approached the customer service desk to check his ticket.
Barbara recalled: ‘I started buying groceries and Steve went to cash it in.
‘That’s when we found out. I get paged to the front while I’m shopping, and they’re like, “Barb Haley, come to customer service.” I’m like, “Oh, he probably just doesn’t know where I am in the store.”‘
Barbara claimed their win on Tuesday, and also revealed how the winning ticket had been bought from a local car wash, which she says is her and her spouse’s ‘lucky place’ to buy lottery tickets.
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