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BOISE An Idaho Falls man is rejoicing after winning $200,000 on the Powerball game.

Idaho Lottery officials say Donny Jones nearly threw his winning ticket away. However, his wife Connie encouraged him to check the remaining numbers on his ticket, and that s when he learned all five matched.

Jones bought his $1 ticket for the December 17, 2011 Powerball draw.

I just don t believe I m the big winner! exclaimed Jones I m still stunned.

He picked up his winning at the Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise Thursday afternoon.

Jones works as a cook for the Hometown Kitchen Restaurant in Idaho Falls.

Winning made for a good Christmas, said Jones.

After paying off some bills, Jones says he plans to do something nice for his wife.

The winning ticket was sold at the Common Cents store located at 520 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Common Cents receives a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.

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