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Dubuque Convenience Store Sells Two $250,000-Winning Mega Millions® Tickets

Prizes Won In Tuesday Drawing, Lottery Waits to Meet Possible

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Dubuque convenience store is having a run of good luck. The same store sold two tickets that each won a $250,000 Mega Millions prize in Tuesday's drawing.

The two prizes mark the third and fourth time Iowa has seen $250,000 winners in the Mega Millions game since it became available in Iowa in January 2010.

"We're all wondering if we're looking for two different winners who played the same numbers, or one winner who has two tickets worth a lot of money," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said Wednesday.

The $250,000-winning tickets were sold at Auto/Truck Plaza, 1215 E. 16th St in Dubuque. The tickets matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to each win a $250,000 prize in Tuesday's drawing. Had the player(s) who purchased the tickets also added the Megaplier® option to the winning play, the tickets would have won $1 million each.

If your ticket matches the first five numbers in a Mega Millions drawing and you've added the Megaplier, the prize you'll win is always $1 million, no matter what the Megaplier number is for that drawing.

The winning numbers in Tuesday's $50 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 3-15-31-36-53 and Mega Ball 27. The Megaplier number was 2.

Players can multiply their prizes (except the jackpot) with the Megaplier. The cost is $1 per play. No one won the jackpot in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, so it climbs to an estimated $60 million for Friday's drawing.

The previous two winners of $250,000 prizes in Mega Millions in Iowa are Sarah Holmes from Guthrie Center, who won her prize in July 2011 and Chad Miller from Teeds Grove, who won his prize in January 2011. Holmes purchased her ticket at Casey's, 100 N. Fifth St. in Guthrie Center. Miller purchased his winning ticket at Preston Country Store at 164 N. Main St. in Preston.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at 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.