Iowa Has Now Seen Four $1 Million Powerball Prizes This Year
DES MOINES, Iowa - Council Bluffs is on a Powerball winning streak.
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Council Bluffs convenience store won a $1 million prize in Wednesday night's drawing. It's the fourth $1 million-winning Powerball ticket sold in Iowa since the January debut of $2 Powerball and the second in a row for Council Bluffs. Just last month, a Council Bluffs woman had claimed a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket she bought at a supermarket there.
The latest Council Bluffs ticket, sold at D&S X-Press, 2924 N. Broadway, came close to winning it all in Wednesday's $144 million jackpot drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. The winning numbers that night were: 9-10-24-52-56 and Powerball 14.
"Iowa definitely continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to more millionaires in $2 Powerball," said Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "It's exciting to see all these big prizes being won in our state."
This is Iowa's fourth $1 million winner since $2 Powerball began in January. 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 Council Bluffs 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.
No one won the jackpot in Wednesday's drawing, so the Powerball jackpot climbs to an estimated $164 million for Saturday.
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.
Faye Slate of Council Bluffs claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on April 3, following Gary Higens of Des Moines, who had claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on March 1, and Steve Petty of Adair, who had claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on Feb. 20.
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. 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.
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.