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Iowa Winners Galore In Wednesday Drawings, Including Another Powerball® Jackpot Winner

Prizes Of $10,000, $100,000, $1 Million AND $202.1 Million All Won In Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa - There must be something in the water. Or the sun, moon and stars were perfectly aligned. Or a bunch of people all found four-leaf clovers. Whatever the reason, luck abounded for Iowa Lottery players in Wednesday night's lotto drawings.

Someone who bought a ticket in Bondurant won Wednesday's $202.1 million Powerball jackpot to become the second-biggest lottery winner ever in the state and Iowa's second Powerball jackpot winner this year. Meanwhile, a player who purchased a Powerball ticket in Williamsburg won a $1 million prize in Wednesday's drawing and a player who bought a ticket in Hiawatha won a $10,000 Powerball prize. And in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game, someone who bought a ticket in Fort Madison won that game's $100,000 top prize Wednesday night.

Lottery CEO Terry Rich said it likely was the winningest night for Iowa players since the lottery's start in 1985.

"Even we are awestruck by this news," Rich said Thursday morning. "We can't remember a time when we've seen this many winners all in one night. We're conducting standard security checks for the tickets involved, but it's definitely an unusual and very exciting time in Iowa for lottery players.

"And if there's ever a time to check and double-check your lottery tickets, this is it," he said.

The jackpot-winning ticket matched all six numbers selected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing to win the big prize. The jackpot winner was purchased at: Casey's General Store, 1455 Grant St. in Bondurant.

The $1 million-winning ticket came close to having a share of the jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. That ticket was purchased at another Casey's location, at 130 W. Evans St. in Williamsburg.

The $10,000-winning ticket also was just one number away from having a share of the jackpot. That ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. It was purchased at the Big 10 Mart, 1225 Boyson Road in Hiawatha.

And, the top prize-winning ticket in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game was purchased at Hy-Vee Gas, 2632 Ave. L in Fort Madison.

"This is breaking news for four different communities," Rich said. "What a fun time, that so many different places get to share in this lucky experience."

The winning numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing were: 13-26-39-41-42 and Powerball 10. And the winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing of the $100,000 Cash Game were: 2-6-18-25-33.

Casey's will receive two bonuses totaling $11,000 from the Iowa Lottery for the winning tickets it sold in Wednesday's Powerball drawing: $10,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket, and $1,000 for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.

Powerball jackpot winners can choose to receive their prizes in annuitized payments over time or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. If the winner(s) chooses the annuity option for Wednesday's jackpot, it will be made in 30 payments over 30 years totaling $202.1 million before taxes, with the annual amount increasing over time to accomodate for inflation. If the winner(s) chooses the cash option, he or she will receive about $129.8 million before taxes.

Rich said that it could be a few days or even a few weeks before all of Wednesday's big prize winners come forward.

"We always encourage our winners of significant prizes to consult a financial or legal adviser before claiming the prize," he said. "These truly are life-changing prize amounts and we want our winners to have the information they'll need as they make their decisions."

Rich also said that a prize winner should keep the lucky ticket in a secure place until presenting it to claim the prize. And with lots of excitement and confusion and multiple winners, lottery officials cautioned all Iowans to be alert for scams. The lottery or Powerball officials will not randomly call or write residents informing them of winning or ask for money.

This latest Iowa jackpot news follows on the heels of June's Powerball winners from Cedar Rapids. Twenty co-workers from the shipping department at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids claimed the $241 million jackpot from the June 13 Powerball drawing. The 18 men and two women called themselves The Shipping 20 and claimed the prize as a trust.

Rich stressed that under Iowa law, information concerning lottery winners is public.

"We have received questions about that issue over the past few months and want to be sure that the specifics required for winner information here in Iowa are clear," he said.

Lottery prizes of more than $250,000 won in Iowa must be claimed at the lottery's headquarters at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. If the winner or winners have questions before claiming the prize, they're welcome to contact the lottery at 515-725-7900.

In addition to The Shipping 20, Iowa's previous Powerball jackpot winners are:

  • Tim and Kellie Guderian of Fort Dodge, who claimed a $200.8 million jackpot in October 2006.
  • Hugh Hawkins of Des Moines, who won a $113.2 million jackpot in December 2005.
  • Jacquelyn Moore of Omaha, Neb., who won a $14.4 million jackpot in October 2004 (she bought her ticket at a convenience store in Carter Lake in western Iowa).
  • The Larry Hasken family of Sabula, who claimed a $31.8 million jackpot in January 2000.
  • Tim Schultz of Des Moines, who won a $28 million jackpot in February 1999.
  • Ed Brown of Washington, who split a $10.4 million jackpot with a Missouri woman in December 1992.

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 it's played in 44 jurisdictions across the nation, with players buying more than $3 billion annually in tickets. The biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $365 million prize split by eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant in February 2006.

Tickets cost $2 and the Power Play® multiplier feature is available for an extra $1 per play. For that extra $1, players have the chance to win prizes up to $2 million cash for the match 5 prize.

Powerball players choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59 and the Powerball from a separate pool of 35 numbers. The jackpot starts at $40 million and grows until someone wins it. Powerball drawings are held at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Prize and Tax Details about Wednesday's Powerball jackpot
Annuity
Payments Over 30 Years Totaling: $202.1 million
Federal withholding of 25 percent and state withholding of 5 percent would be made on each payment.
   
Lump-Sum Option
Prize: $129.8 million  
Federal Withholding: $32.4 million (25 percent)
State Withholding: $6.5 million (5 percent)
After-tax Prize: $90.9 million  

 

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