Red Hot Powerball win for US Firefighter! | theLotter

Red Hot Powerball win for US Firefighter!

11 Mar 2015

Local Montana man wins $1 million in last week’s Powerball drawing.

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Being Montana’s first major Powerball winner of 2015, Ryan Burke is feeling pretty happy these days. The Helena native stepped forward yesterday to claim his $1 million win from the March 4th drawing. Burke, who works as a firefighter at the local Air Force base, and his wife Dee-Dee never expected to win, having played the lottery for two years now, without ever having a win.

Sharing the news with their four daughters, the family’s first reaction was one of shock and disbelief. Dee-Dee had to see the actual ticket to believe it, while her husband Ryan checked the numbers online about 50 times! As the news sets in, plans for their windfall have started to materialize. Paying off bills and setting up college funds for their daughters come first on the list, followed by setting up retirement funds for the couple.

Opting for the lump sum, the Burkes will take home roughly $680,000. Playing the same exact numbers for two years, they won with 8, 12, 15, 35, and 50. And had they guessed the Powerball number of 32, their win would have been $90 million! The jackpot now stands at $119 million, which is not something you want to miss out on – hurry up and get your online Powerball tickets!