Winner of the week Ian

"My Heart Started Racing..."

Lottery winner Ian P. tells his story.

Our new Winner of the Week series tells the stories behind everyday lottery wins – big and small! Follow us on Instagram (@Jackpocket) or Twitter (@Jackpocket) for more weekly behind-the-win stories.

Ian P. was in the middle of his work day. "I was like, ‘Let me look at this real quick before I continue with my day.’ And then the rest of my day, after I found out, was just a total mess, I couldn't control myself!’”

“I had some little wins on the app before, and I was used to the app notifying you…but this time it said, ‘Congratulations, you’re a big winner.’ And it had all these emojis and stuff." 

“I opened the email first and the email was like, ‘This is how you claim your prize.’ I was like, ‘Whoa. Claim my prize?’ And then my heart started racing."

After Ian found out he won $15,000, he made plans for what to do with the prize money—a little saving, a little splurging.

“I've already kind of allotted [the $15,000]. My first purchase, I went out and bought my girlfriend a Tiffany's necklace and then the rest of it got put into a direct savings account and then the rest got put into a Roth IRA account.”

“I don't play every day or frequently…when I do play, I use Jackpocket. Instead of figuring out where in my day I'm going to fit in trying to buy a lottery ticket, or having to deal with having the exact amount of cash on me at the time, or cash at all because I hardly ever carry cash anymore, it's really easy just pull out my phone and just, ‘Hey, I'm going to order a Powerball ticket today.’” 🤑

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