Iowa Has Now Seen Four $1 Million Powerball Prizes This Year
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Council Bluffs man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize Friday on behalf of a family trust.
Jason Rice claimed the prize in the name of the Winning Pair Revocable Trust on Friday afternoon at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. He had won the prize with a ticket he bought at a Council Bluffs convenience store for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
It's the fourth $1 million-winning Powerball ticket purchased 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 trust's ticket, purchased 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.
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.Return to top↑