Iowa Sees Second Powerball Millionaire This Month, Eight Total For the Year
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Another $1 million-winning Powerball® ticket has been sold in Iowa, this time at a supermarket on the south side of Des Moines. It's Iowa's second $1 million winner this month in the game, and the eighth ticket in the state to win a prize of at least a million dollars so far this year.
The $1 million-winning ticket came close to winning it all, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball in Wednesday's drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at Dahl's, 4121 Fleur Dr. in Des Moines. The winning numbers in Wednesday's $152.1 million Powerball drawing were 1-5-8-39-50 and Powerball 23.
"We haven't had anyone come in yet," said Casey Drake, a manager at the lucky Dahl's store. "We sell so many lottery tickets to so many people; it's hard to guess who it might be."
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that Iowa is definitely having a banner year in Powerball.
"The $2 Powerball game continues to deliver exactly what we wanted it to: more millionaires," Rich said Thursday. "It's exciting to be changing so many lives."
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 Des Moines 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, Ottumwa and Webster City 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 a $241 million jackpot in June.
No one won the jackpot in Wednesday's drawing, so Powerball's top prize climbs to an estimated $174 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.Return to top↑