Wisconsin Woman Claimed Prize Thursday
DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman from southern Wisconsin has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from a recent drawing that saw a spate of big winners in Iowa.
Kara Fitters of Evansville, Wis., claimed her $1 million prize Thursday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Her ticket was one of three in Iowa that each won a big prize in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing. Among the Powerball prizes that Iowa players won that night were the $202.1 million jackpot, Fitters' $1 million prize and a $10,000 prize.
Fitters purchased her ticket at Casey's General Store, 130 W. Evans St. in Williamsburg. Her ticket came close to having a share of the jackpot that night, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.
But a ticket sold in Bondurant for that night's drawing did win the jackpot. Brian and Mary Lohse of Bondurant claimed their big prize on Oct. 4, opting to receive the jackpot as a lump-sum payment of $129.8 million.
A Hiawatha man claimed the $10,000 prize on behalf of himself and a group of his co-workers at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids. Bret Naber of Hiawatha claimed that prize on behalf of the Quaker 50.
The winning numbers in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing were: 13-26-39-41-42 and Powerball 10.
Iowa Lottery players now have won eight Powerball jackpots overall, and 10 prizes of at least $1 million so far this year alone in the lottery's games.
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.Return to top↑