A woman whose home was destroyed by a tornado has been blown away by an astonishing USD 2 million lottery win.
Tammy Gordy, 56, and husband Steve – now from the city of Ottumwa, Iowa State, USA – were devastated when the twister ripped through their old home two years ago.
The terrifying F2-level tornado killed two as it tore through their former community in the city of Agency just six miles away.
Now the amazed couple say they are going to be able to finish off their new home after years of struggling.
Health worker Tammy, 56, explained in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “We were in the process of building a home and it kind of got put on hold for a few years, so now this is going to speed it up.
“And it’s going to go into better details! I’m talking a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi tub! That’s what I’m talking about!
“We’ve never been material people, I can say that. Family was more important to us.
“So, it’s going to be that way. We’re just going to be able to do more things.”
Tammy realised she had won big after checking her tickets a day after she bought them at a Hy-Vee grocery store before the drawing on Saturday, 24th June.
She was dumbfounded when one of her Powerball tickets scooped the gigantic prize.
Tammy said: “I fell into my chair. I couldn’t see! There were all those zeroes! I was like, ‘Maybe I need my glasses.’ So yeah, we screamed.”
Steve added: “She jumped up and was saying … well, not English, but other words I couldn’t understand.
“And then I looked over and there were a lot of zeroes. Then we didn’t know what it was until we got our senses back.”
Her ticket reportedly matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to initially win USD 1 million (GBP 787,605) on Saturday.
But her prizes multiplied because she had added the Power Play which multiplied prizes at the Match 5 level.
Tammy was the only person in the USA to win USD 2 million (GBP 1.6 million) that night.
She said: “I just couldn’t comprehend that.”
At lottery headquarters on Monday (26th June), Tammy said she told her boss the truth when she asked for some time off from work to collect the prize.
She said: “I called my boss and told him that I needed to take Monday and Tuesday off because I won USD 2 million [GBP 1.6 million] on the Powerball.
“And so he says, ‘Well, congratulations, if you’re not April Foolin’ me!’”
The lucky woman added that she and her husband had a difficult time convincing their four adult children and other family members they had won.
She said: “I am a jokester, but not to that extent.”
Iowa Lottery revealed that the retailer will receive a USD 2,000 [GBP 1,576] bonus for selling the winning ticket.