By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Wisconsin Lottery Communications

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Lottery Commission reported on Thursday, October 19 that a Menomonie woman is the second of two lucky players who each won $50,000 from the Wednesday, September 27 Powerball drawing has claimed her prize.

The lady who works in Elmwood wishes to remain anonymous now.

“I haven’t even told my family yet, except my husband of course,” she said by phone to this Sun-Argus/Gateway News reporter on Friday, October 20, 2017.

When asked about any plans for the extra funds, she replied, “We haven’t put anything a way for retirement, what with a growing family and mortgages, so that is where we plan on putting it.”

The other player who has already claimed his prize was Steven Boyer of Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Both tickets matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. The lucky player from Menomonie purchased her ticket at the Kwik Trip at 2008 Stout Road in Menomonie, in Dunn County, Wisconsin.

Boyer purchased his ticket at Team Oil at W2555 State Road 29 in Spring Valley, Pierce County, Wisconsin.

The winning numbers from the Wednesday, September 27 drawing were 8, 10, 21, 23, and 25. The Powerball was 22 and the Power Play number was 3. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, October 21. The estimated jackpot is $173 million ($109 million cash). Tickets must be purchased by 9 p.m. to be included in the drawing.

Here is how to play Powerball: Each ticket costs $2 per play. Choose five different numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Sign your ticket and check it as soon as possible to avoid missing out on any prize you may have won.

While the jackpot gets the most attention, there are other prizes to be won in Powerball. Prizes range from $4 for matching just the Powerball to $1 million for matching all five numbers (but not the Powerball). For an extra $1 per play, you can choose Power Play to increase your non-jackpot winnings which will be multiplied by the drawing's Power Play number. For example, if your prize is $50,000 and the Power Play number is 5, you win $250,000 just by adding Power Play. The $1 million prize automatically becomes $2 million with Power Play. The odds of winning the $50,000 prize are 1:913,130.

Congratulations to our local winners!