DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Denison man knew almost immediately he'd won a $1 million lottery prize, but kept working several days. It's the busy time of year, he explained.
Robert Boehm said it was his boss at Charter Oak Ag Supply in Charter Oak, Iowa, who finally told him to take the time and claim his prize. So on Tuesday morning, Boehm and a couple of friends made it to lottery headquarters in Des Moines to claim his $1 million Mega Millions prize.
In the midst of his work hauling fertilizer on April 10, Boehm stopped at Kum & Go on Fourth Avenue South in Denison, where he'd bought his Mega Millions tickets to see if he'd won anything. The lottery had already called the store to let staff there know that a $1 million winning ticket had been sold at their location.
"I thought, 'Well, it won't be me,'" said Boehm, 60. "I had two tickets. The first one wasn't a winner. The second one went through and she looked down, then she looked up at me and she said, 'We don't have enough money here.' And she said, 'What do you think you won?' I said, 'Probably a couple thousand.' She said, 'No, you won $1 million!'"
Boehm is the second Denison resident to win a major Iowa Lottery prize. Don Sporrer won a $2.7 million Hot Lotto jackpot in the drawing on Christmas Day.
Boehm said he plans to invest most of his winnings for retirement, but his immediate plans are to take his siblings, nieces and nephews on a trip to Germany. He was stationed there while serving in the U.S. Army and enjoyed his years abroad.