Iowa woman forgot she had bought a Powerball ticket, later found out she won $343.9 million

Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa, won a $343.9 million Powerball jackpot, becoming the largest winner Iowa's history.
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Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa, won a $343.9 million Powerball jackpot, becoming the largest winner Iowa's history.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.