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Iowa Powerball® Luck Continues: Another $1 Million Prize Won In Our State

Latest Big Prize Won With Ticket Purchased At Urbandale Hy-Vee Store

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's winning streak in the Powerball game continues: Someone who bought a ticket at a Des Moines-area supermarket won a $1 million prize in Saturday night's drawing. Lottery players in Iowa now have won seven Powerball prizes of $1 million or more in 2012, including the $241 million jackpot in the June 13 drawing.

The latest big-winning ticket, sold at Hy-Vee, 8701 Douglas Ave. in Urbandale, came close to winning it all in Saturday's $80 million jackpot drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. Saturday's winning numbers were: 8-11-21-44-49 and Powerball 22.

"It is so exciting to see all these big prizes being won in our state," Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. "Call it a run of luck, the stars aligning, a winning streak - whatever the name, we like it."

When $2 Powerball began in January, lottery officials predicted that the newly designed game would produce more millionaires. The new version of the game debuted Jan. 15, sporting several new features to give players more value. The game's starting jackpots have doubled to $40 million and the jackpot is now easier to win. But perhaps the most important change for the person who bought the winning ticket in Urbandale is that the game’s second prize for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball has increased from $200,000 to the current $1 million cash.

Players in Adair, Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Ottumwa already have claimed $1 million Powerball prizes this year, while a group of co-workers from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids calling themselves The Shipping 20 claimed that $241 million jackpot in June.

No one won the jackpot in Saturday's drawing, so Powerball's top prize climbs to an estimated $90 million for Wednesday.

Players in $2 Powerball still choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59, but the group of numbers in the Powerball pool has shrunk from 39 to 35, producing better overall odds of winning a prize. The Power Play® option is still available for an extra $1 per play.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today Powerball is played by 44 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. The lottery's offices are closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, so the earliest the winner or winners will be able to claim the prize is Tuesday. If the winner or winners need information before coming forward to claim the prize, they are invited to call the lottery at 515-725-7900.

Winning numbers may be checked on the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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