Cedar Rapids man claims $2 million Powerball prize in St. Patrick’s Day surprise

Karl Krumbholz, 63, of Cedar Rapids has stepped forward to claim a $2 million Powerball prize.

Krumbholz liked the idea that his lottery luck might have some relationship to his Irish heritage, according to a news release from the Iowa Lottery.

“It’s a nice thought,” he said in the release.

It was announced Thursday that a $2 million ticket had been sold at Smokin’ Joe’s, 465 S. Iowa Highway 965 in North Liberty.

Krumbholz’s ticket initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize. But the ticket also had the Power Play® option, which multiplied the prize to $2 million.

Krumbholz had a second ticket that won him $12, bringing his total winnings, claimed on St. Patrick’s Day, to $2,000,012.

“I told everybody,” he said. “I told my boss and he said, ‘Well, I assume you’ll be gone tomorrow.’”

Krumbholz works at the University of Iowa Hospitals in North Liberty, according to the release, and he plans to use part of his winnings to pay off his home mortgage, and save the rest for retirement.

Smokin’ Joe’s will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 16-30-41-48-53 and Powerball 16. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $141 million annuity ($83.3 million cash option) for Saturday.

Krumbholz isn’t the only Eastern Iowan to win big in a recent Powerball drawing. In October, a Coralville man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased at a North Liberty convenience store. Jeff Tomlinson Jr. of Coralville claimed his $1 million prize on Oct. 7.

Still another big Powerball prize in Eastern Iowa remains unclaimed. That $2 million prize was won with a ticket purchased in Cedar Rapids for the Powerball drawing last July. Powerball prizes won in Iowa must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing for which they were eligible.