Meeting our winners is a time to celebrate here at the lottery, and it’s always fun to hear their stories about how they won, whether anyone believed them at first and what they plan to do with their prize money. But we also celebrate with the retail locations that sell the winning tickets because it’s a big event for them, too!
Here’s one of our most recent examples: We got to make a big sign that has since gone up inside Smokin’ Joes in North Liberty. This shot is of Melissa, the store manager, when we gave her the sign.
You may recall that Smokin’ Joe’s is the spot where Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids bought his ticket that won the $2 million Powerball® prize he claimed on St. Patrick’s Day. Karl is a regular customer at the store and Melissa sold him his winning ticket!
The sign is a nice reminder that luck hit at that store. (And in addition to its new sign, Smokin’ Joe’s got a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket.)
Congrats again to Karl and Smokin’ Joe’s! What a fun story.