Four Other Iowa Tickets Win $10,000 Prizes In Saturday Drawing
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DES MOINES, Iowa - The jackpot-winning ticket in Saturday's $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, while Iowa had the only ticket in the country to win a $2 million prize. Another four Iowa tickets won $10,000 prizes in Saturday's drawing.
The $2 million-winning ticket came close to having a share of the jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. Whoever bought the ticket also added the Power Play to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million.
The $2 million-winning ticket was purchased at Kum & Go, 1201 N. Market St. in Oskaloosa.
The winning numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing were 17-29-31-52-53 and Powerball 31.
Shelby Sharp, an assistant manager working Sunday morning at the lucky Kum & Go store, said the location hadn't yet heard from anyone who might be the big winner.
"Nobody's come in yet," she said. "I think this is absolutely wonderful! I don't think anybody in Osky has ever won a prize that big. So, I think it's going to be good for the store and good for Osky."
Kum & Go will receive a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for the $2 million-winning ticket being sold at its Oskaloosa store.
A total of 34,714 tickets purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million in Saturday's drawing.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that Iowa is having another banner year in Powerball.
"The $2 Powerball game continues to deliver exactly what we wanted it to achieve: more millionaires," Rich said. "It's exciting to be changing so many lives."
When $2 Powerball began in January 2012, lottery officials predicted that the newly designed game would produce more millionaires. 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 Oskaloosa is that the game's second prize for matching the first five numbers increased from $200,000 to the current $1 million cash, which multiplies to $2 million with the Power Play.
Four tickets sold in Iowa each won a $10,000 prize in Saturday's drawing by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. They were purchased at:
The Powerball jackpot returns to $40 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Players in $2 Powerball 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 an extra $1 per play.