Lottery Waits To Hear From Prize Winner
DES MOINES, Iowa - There are a lot of pranks being pulled today, but this is no April Fool's joke: Someone who bought a ticket at an Ankeny convenience store has won a $1 million Powerball® prize.
The $1 million-winning ticket was sold at the Shortstop, 1010 S.E. National Drive in Ankeny. It was the only ticket nationwide to win a $1 million prize in Wednesday's drawing.
The ticket originally matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $200,000 prize. But the player who purchased the ticket also added the Power Play® option to the winning play, which multiplied the prize to $1 million. No one won Wednesday's $82.8 million Powerball jackpot, so the prize increases to an estimated $103 million for Saturday's drawing.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said it's exciting to see Iowa continue to collect instant millionaires.
"We're always happy to see big winners here in Iowa," Rich said. "It seems like more and more people are adding the Power Play option – and it pays off when they win $1 million rather than $200,000 for the extra $1."
If your ticket matches the first five numbers in a Powerball drawing and you've added the Power Play, the prize you'll win is always $1 million, no matter what the Power Play number is for that drawing.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing were: 5-13-17-45-54 and Powerball 12. The Power Play number was 5.
Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Players can claim prizes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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.
Players looking to get in on all the jackpot action also can take advantage of the new Lotto 12 pack promotion. Players can use the promotion to receive a discount for buying tickets all at once in Powerball with Power Play®, Mega Millions with Megaplier® and Hot Lotto® with the Sizzler. Players can choose to buy in to all the games for a week and receive $12 in plays for only $10, or they can bundle plays in the games at a discounted price for two, three or four weeks at a time.