Seven Tickets Sold In Iowa Came So, So Close
DES MOINES, Iowa - The official results show that 114,195 tickets sold in Iowa won prizes in Wednesday's record Powerball jackpot drawing, including seven tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. The monster $587.5 million jackpot was split by tickets purchased in Arizona and Missouri.
Strong sales across the country had pushed the record jackpot higher and higher as the week went on. After Wednesday's night's drawing was conducted, officials found an issue with the automatic calculation report for the jackpot and adjusted it up once more. The final jackpot amount was $587.5 million annuity, or $384.7 million cash option. That blew away the previous jackpot record in Powerball, which was a $365 million prize split by eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant in February 2006.
Here's a look at Wednesday's drawing and its Iowa results:
A total of 114.195 tickets purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes ranging from $4 up to $40,000. Four tickets purchased in Iowa matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win prizes of $10,000 each. Three more also matched those same numbers, but had the Power Play option added to them, so they each won a prize of $40,000. Here is where those winning tickets were sold:
$10,000 winning tickets
No Frills Supermarket
1817 W. Broadway
2007 N. 15th St.
Graettinger Country Store
102 S. Iowa Highway 4
Fairbank Food Center
102 Fourth St. N.
$40,000 winning tickets
975 Spruce Hills Dr.
1008 Grand Ave.
206 S. First St.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's $587.5 million Powerball jackpot drawing were: 5-16-22-23-29 and Powerball 6. Two tickets nationwide matched all six numbers drawn to win a share of the jackpot. They were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. The Powerball jackpot returns to an estimated $40 million annuity ($26.2 million cash) for Saturday's drawing.
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $7.7 million in Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including nearly $4.9 million in tickets on Wednesday alone. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 6-7 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at more than $11,000 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Powerball purchase on Wednesday in Iowa remained just $6, or three plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that Iowans enjoyed playing at a fun level and didn't go overboard.
The huge jackpot and the buzz surrounding it grabbed headlines nationwide and became one of the biggest trending topics this week on the Internet. During this time of social media, it appears this event will be one that folks talk about for days to come.
The odds of winning the jackpot in Powerball are about 1 in 175.2 million because there are about 175.2 million ways you can combine the numbers in the game to make a play. By tracking sales, lottery officials can estimate how many of the possible combinations have been purchased for a particular drawing. About 80 percent of all the possible combinations were purchased in Wednesday's drawing.