Santa’s Early Surprise With $1M Powerball Win

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It always brings a smile to our faces to hear about winners of the massive Powerball online lottery. Although this couple didn’t scoop the jackpot, they still got into the second prize tier and became $1 million richer. Continue reading to learn their full story. 

Randy Branum, the husband, lives with his wife in Sandpoint, Idaho. Randy upset his wife after he bought too many lottery tickets. This is probably the best decision he could have made despite going against his wife’s wishes because he ended up winning a $1 million Powerball prize. 

Randy is a retired contractor and says he usually buys about 30 tickets a week and has had many small wins as a result of his dedication to the game. Recently, his wife Colleen told him to stop buying tickets so went “cold turkey” and stopped buying them for two weeks. 

He was dedicated to the game, though, and he knew that if he ever wanted to win, he had to keep staying in the draws. In September, he went to the Conoco Gas station to get some food and ended up buying a Quick Pick Powerball ticket for the draw that would take place on the 23rd of September. He didn’t intend to buy lottery tickets, but seeing that he was there anyway, he thought to himself, “I might as well give it a shot.” 

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Randy’s spur of the moment ticket-buying action reminds us of another winner’s story. Michael Hicks only went to buy petrol, but he also ended up getting a $1 million Mega Millions ticket. 

Randy didn’t check his ticket but instead mailed it off to the Idaho lottery company where he bought the Powerball tickets from, in the hopes that they would notify him of any small wins he might have. A week later, the Idaho lottery called him. He was expecting to hear something along the lines of winning a trip to the American Football Bronco Bowl Bash. In actual fact, they were calling him to notify him that he had won $1 million. He said his reaction was just pure shock, “I couldn’t talk.” 

Randy Branum is the latest winner of the USA Powerball. Bruce Wirz was the winner of $150,000 last month in Idaho, and Sarah Perez won $1 million in the June 3rd Powerball draw. 

Randy’s wife was very convinced that a friend of hers was playing a cruel trick on them, but after realizing that it was all coming true, she said, “I guess Santa is coming early this year.” 

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What makes this story even more touching, is that this lucky couple will be celebrating 50 years of being together and 47 years of marriage at the end of this coming month. 

When the couple was asked what their celebration plans were for their big win, she said that they might be going out for sushi to celebrate their new Powerball millionaire status. They have recently bought new tyres for their truck. Randy also mentioned that he is interested in making some wise investments so that they are safe and relaxed in their retirement. “We can live to be 90 now. And I’m going to keep on mailing in my winning tickets," explained Randy. 

The next Powerball online jackpot is going for €65 million on the 18th of November, Wednesday. Get your tickets in now if you want to stand the chance!

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