Lerynne West was born and raised in Iowa. She spent most of her childhood in Earlham and has lived her adult life in various communities in Dallas County.
Growing up, Lerynne lived on a farm with her parents, a welder and homemaker, and her seven siblings. Being from a large family, she is the first to admit she comes from humble beginnings and is no stranger to hard work and lean times.
Lerynne began working at a young age, walking beans and detasseling corn during the summer. She earned her G.E.D. in 1986 and began a series of blue-collar jobs, including work in several local factories, over the next decade. During this time, Lerynne also started a family, giving birth to three daughters.
Wanting to provide a better life for her daughters, Lerynne began to take night classes to earn a four-year college degree – all while working full-time as a single mother. In 2004, while pursuing her degree, she started a job in the mailroom at Principal Financial Group. After five years of night school, she received her degree in human resources from Upper Iowa University in 2006 and continued working at Principal, where she held a variety of positions over the course of 14 years.
In September 2018, Lerynne began a new position at Wellmark, but then resigned from the company shortly thereafter in October – thanks to the new-found financial freedom provided by winning the lottery.
Today, at age 51, Lerynne is a mother of three grown daughters and proud grandmother to six grandchildren. She is passionate about her family, friends, animals and showing support for our veterans.
It was by chance that Lerynne happened to be in Redfield when she bought her winning ticket. However, it was not a coincidence that she bought a ticket, as Lerynne is a regular player of the lottery.
Looking ahead, Lerynne is excited about what the future holds and realizes she has experienced a life-changing moment. She plans to share her winnings with her family and friends, purchase a new home, and enjoy a long vacation (or several). Lerynne also plans to give to the causes and organizations that are meaningful to her and her family through the newly established Callum Foundation.