So, you didn't win last night's $400 million Powerball drawing. But the fantasy is that if you just keep buying tickets, someday it'll pay off.
Now, obviously you could play every day of your life and the odds STILL wouldn't be in your favor. But here's something to keep that dream alive.
49-year-old Robert Winburn of Urbandale, Iowa played the same Powerball numbers for 20 years. And the most he ever won was $100. That is until this past Saturday . . . when he matched five out of six numbers, and took home a MILLION BUCKS.
Robert says he scanned his ticket at a gas station on Sunday. And when he realized it was a winner, a random stranger standing next to him noticed too . . . and immediately advised him to sign the ticket and get the HECK OUT OF THERE, which he did.
He says he plans to use the winnings to pay off debts and buy a new car. Then he's investing the rest. And here's something that might help the next time YOU buy a ticket . . . although, probably not.
Robert chose the numbers by assigning digits to the 26 letters of the alphabet, then chose the corresponding numbers in his last name. (IALottery.com / KCCI)