06 November 2018
Lerynne West will go down in history as she has claimed the largest ever jackpot won in the state of Iowa after she split a $688 million jackpot of which she won the lion's share of $343 million.
Splitting the jackpot with another ticket holder from New York, Lerynne opted for the instant cash payment which will award her with $193 million before taxes.
She found out that she had won after checking her results on an Iowa lottery website, but had left her winning ticket in her sister's truck. Calling her sister with the good news she told her, "get that ticket, get in your truck and get up here now, and drive slow."
With her winnings Lerynne plans on helping her friends and family, buying herself a new car and setting up a charitable foundation in honour of her late grandson who passed away prematurely.