Native Man Wins $200,000 Powerball

Leo Bald Eagle is all smiles as he picked up his winnings.

Published May 21, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. —  A Oglala Sioux Tribe citizen, originally from Wanblee, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, recently won a $200,000 jackpot playing Powerball Quick Picks in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Leo Bald Eagle purchased his Powerball tickets at an Exxon gas station in Rapid City on a whim, saying that he rarely plays Powerball, but this time around he had a good feeling.

“I figured I’d give it a try,” says Leo. After purchasing his tickets, Leo says, “I had a really good feeling about this.” After discovering his winning ticket, he waited more than 3 hours to collect the check – the longest three hours that he can remember.

Leo Bald Eagle has spent 28 years as a United States postal worker and retired in 2010 with more than 31 years in the workforce. He has five daughters, grandchildren and is now a proud great-grandfather. Throughout the years, he has been a member of a well known country band called Midnight Sun, playing country classics in and around the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

After paying off the taxes on the winning ticket, Leo shared that his plans with his winnings are to pay off his debt, buy a new car and enjoy his music and family.

Leo’s daughter, Terra Houska, is currently running for the Rapid City City Council and reached out to Native News Online and said, “He is an amazing father and even better grandfather. He bends over backwards to make sure we are all okay and taken care of. He is the hardest working man I know and he definitely deserves this.

“I’m proud to say I’ve paid more taxes than our President,” laughs Leo.

If you’re around Rapid City, you can listen to his band Midnight Sun or visit them online at

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