WEBSTER CITY - A Webster City man visiting family in the Des Moines area over the Labor Day weekend bought a Powerball ticket while out to dinner - and won a $1 million prize.
"I just bought it," Tom Christeson said as he claimed his big prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Des Moines. But did he ever really think he'd win big? "Never," he said.
Christeson, 70, and his wife, Norma, had decided to spend the weekend visiting their daughters and their families, but planned to head back home on Sunday. Their visit got extended after they realized their good fortune.
Christeson, who drives a grain truck at Heartland Co-op in Randall, said he already had been planning to retire in January, and he will stick with those plans, as the co-op's busy season is approaching with the fall corn harvest.
Christeson has more room in mind for his winnings: with four children and nine grandchildren, he said an expansion of their family home is in order.
"We'll be building onto the house, improving the house to add a room," he said. "That's all I know for sure."
Christeson came close to winning it all in Saturday's $80 million jackpot drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.