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Aberdeen Couple Claims $100,000 Powerball prize

For Immediate Release: 11/24/2003

(Pierre) - The first of two big winners in Saturday night’s lotto drawings has claimed their prize.

Gerald and Karen Moench of Aberdeen claimed their $100,000 Powerball prize at the Lottery office in Pierre this morning.

Karen was checking the winning numbers in the newspaper on Sunday morning when she discovered they had won. "She yelled to me that we’d won $100,000," Gerald said. "I knew she was serious because her eyes were ‘this big’ and her face was white."

Four of the Moench's five children live in the Aberdeen area, and they were all called together Sunday evening to hear about the win. They plan to surprise their fifth child when they visit her in California later this month.

The Moench’s purchased their winning "quick pick" ticket at Kessler’s grocery in Aberdeen. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The Moench’s held one of ten tickets in the nation to win the second-level prize by matching the five white numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the Saturday, Nov. 22 drawing. They are the state’s 96th $100,000 Powerball prize winners since the Lottery began offering the game in 1992.

There was no Powerball jackpot winner in the drawing, and the estimated jackpot for the Wednesday, Nov. 26 drawing is $40 million. Powerball is played in 24 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Lottery is still waiting to hear from the winner of the $103,487 Dakota Cash jackpot from Saturday night. The winning Dakota Cash ticket was sold in Sioux Falls and correctly matched all five numbers in the Saturday, Nov. 22 drawing.

The winning numbers were 9, 11, 13, 14 and 26.

South Dakota Lottery director Clint Harris said the winner should sign the back of the ticket, put it in a safe place, and contact the Lottery office in Sioux Falls (367-5840) or in Pierre (773-5770) to make arrangements to validate the ticket and collect the prize.

Dakota Cash is South Dakota’s very own lotto game, and is played only in South Dakota.

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