Three Tickets Sold In Iowa Were So, So Close
DES MOINES, Iowa - The official results show that 77,640 tickets sold in Iowa won prizes in Saturday's record Powerball jackpot drawing, including three tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. The monster $590.5 million jackpot was won by a single ticket purchased in Florida.
Strong sales across the country had pushed the record jackpot higher and higher as the week went on. The final jackpot amount was $590.5 million annuity, or $370.9 million cash option. That beat the previous jackpot record in Powerball, a $587.5 million jackpot just won on Nov. 28 by two tickets in Arizona and Missouri.
Here's a look at Wednesday's drawing and its Iowa results:
A total of 77,640 tickets purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes ranging from $4 up to $40,000. Two tickets purchased in Iowa matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win prizes of $10,000 each. One more also matched those same numbers, but had the Power Play option added to it, so that ticket won a prize of $40,000. Here is where those winning tickets were sold:
$10,000 winning tickets
Tom Thumb Deli & DQ
201 N. Fifteenth St.
100 Pearl St.
$40,000 winning tickets
Ron's 5 Point Mart
405 Rhomberg Ave.
The winning numbers in Saturday's $590.5 million Powerball jackpot drawing were: 10-13-14-22-52 and Powerball 11.
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $5.1 million in Powerball tickets for Saturday's drawing, including nearly $2.8 million in tickets on Saturday alone. During Saturday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at nearly $5,000 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Powerball purchase on Saturday in Iowa remained just $5.81, or 3 plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that Iowans enjoyed playing at a fun level and didn't go overboard.
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 Saturday's drawing.