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Council Bluffs Woman Claims $1 Million Powerball® Prize

Third $1 Million-Winning Powerball Ticket Purchased In Iowa In About A Month

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Council Bluffs woman claimed a $1 million Powerball prize Tuesday, less than a week after she'd won the big prize.

Faye Slate of Council Bluffs claimed her prize at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Her $1 million-winning ticket was the third purchased in Iowa in a little more than a month.

Slate purchased her winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 1745 Madison Ave. in Council Bluffs, and came close to winning it all in the March 28 Powerball drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. The winning numbers in that night's $50 million Powerball drawing were: 11-16-29-50-58 and Powerball 33.

"We're excited to see $2 Powerball delivering so many $1 million prizes for our players here in Iowa," Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. "Iowa is definitely on a winning streak."

Slate is Iowa's third $1 million winner in the $2 Powerball game. 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 Slate 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 $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.

Gary Higens of Des Moines claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on March 1, close on the heels of 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.