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CLIVE, Iowa — For nearly a year, a Powerball® ticket winning a $50,000 prize rode around forgotten in a West Des Moines man’s work car. Fast forward to this month, and it’s a bad news-good news situation for the man.

Casey Langan, 49, said he recently was part of a layoff at his company, and was therefore cleaning out his work car when he found the lottery ticket still inside the center console. He later decided to check his numbers on the Iowa Lottery’s website and got quite a shock when he saw his big win.

“It couldn’t be better timing: Christmas, just getting let go from the job,” Langan told officials on Wednesday as he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Clive. “It was perfect timing.”

Langan matched four of five white balls and the Powerball in the Jan. 18 drawing. He was one number away from winning that night’s $343 million jackpot.

He purchased his winning easy-pick ticket at Kwik Star, 506 W. Ninth St. in Waterloo, where he and his wife lived at the time. He admits he forgot about the ticket after putting it in the car’s console.

“It’s been sitting in that work car ever since,” he said.

Langan said he didn’t believe his eyes when he checked the lottery website, so he took his ticket to a nearby convenience store to verify the win. He said he was relieved when he heard the “Woo-hoo! You’re a winner!” recording play from the store’s lottery terminal.

Langan claimed his prize about five weeks before it would’ve expired. In Iowa, lottery players have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim Powerball prizes. He said that if it weren’t for losing his job, he probably would not have uncovered the winning ticket until it was too late to claim his winnings.

“I’ve been driving around for a year with $50,000 in the car, really,” he said. “If I didn’t get laid off, I don’t think I probably would’ve grabbed it. Things happen for a reason.”

The winning numbers in the Jan. 18 drawing were 20-24-38-56-68 and Powerball 18. The Power Play number was 2.

Langan recently moved to the Des Moines area with his wife, and said they plan to use part of his winnings for a down payment on a home.

“We’ve been walking around, like, ‘Gosh, it’d be great to be able to start looking at some houses,’” he said. “Now, with a down payment, we can start looking at them and have it be really realistic. That part’s really exciting.”

He also is in the running for a new job, and hopes his lottery luck will apply to that process as well.

His message to anyone who has a lottery ticket they have not yet checked?

“Check every single one of those!” he said.

Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69, and another number – called the Powerball – from a separate pool of 26. The Power Play option is available for an extra $1 per play.

CLIVE, Iowa — For nearly a year, a Powerball® ticket winning a $50,000 prize rode around forgotten in a West Des Moines man’s work car. Fast forward to this month, and it’s a bad news-good news situation for the man.

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Can I remain anonymous if I win the lottery in Iowa?

No, the names of winners, prize amounts, and area of residence are considered public record in Iowa.

How much is the IA Lottery today?

You can find the latest IA Lottery jackpot amounts for all of your favorite games here on the Lottery.com Iowa Lottery Jackpots page.

How much will I pay in taxes if I win the IA Lottery?

Prizes of $600 or more are subject to state tax withholdings of 5%. Prizes greater than $5,000 are subject to the 5% state tax plus a 24% federal tax withholding.

How long does it take to receive IA Lottery winnings?

Prizes up to $600 can be redeemed at any authorized retailer. For prizes over $1 million, it typically takes three business days to process the claim from the time the claim is received, but please allow at least two weeks to make sure the claim is received.

Can I buy an IA Lottery ticket online?

At this time, tickets must be purchased at an authorized retailer.

About the Iowa Lottery

The Iowa Lottery began in 1985 and the first tickets went on sale in August of that year. Proceeds from the Iowa Lottery go towards supporting a number of causes within the state, including veteran support, the CLEAN (environment, agriculture, natural resources) Fund, and the state general fund. This means that monies brought in by the lottery, more than $2 billion to date, have been used in a variety of ways, including the support of research at Iowa’s public universities, developing new products and techniques for agriculture, and promoting state tourism.

To learn more about the Iowa Lottery please visit the official website.

Information on responsible gaming and problem gaming is available here. Or call 1-800-522-4700.

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