Five Tickets Sold In Iowa Came Close To Winning It All
DES MOINES, Iowa - The official results show that 43,174 tickets sold in Iowa won prizes in Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing, including five tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. The massive $448.4 million jackpot was won by multiple tickets - two purchased in New Jersey and one purchased in Minnesota.
Strong sales across the country pushed the jackpot higher as the week went on. The final jackpot amount was $448.4 million annuity, or $258.2 million cash option.
Here's a look at Wednesday's drawing and its Iowa results:
A total of 43,174 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. Three more also matched those same numbers, but had the Power Play® option added to them, so those tickets each won a prize of $40,000. Here is where those winning tickets were sold:
$10,000 winning tickets:
220 N. Augusta Ave.
825 Flindt Drive
$40,000 winning tickets:
Kum & Go
4200 E. Hubbell Ave.
Ron's Discount Smokes & Beverage Center
3300 Asbury Road
1720 Waterfront Drive
The winning numbers in Wednesday's $448.4 million Powerball jackpot drawing were: 5-25-30-58-59 and Powerball 32.
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $3.1 million in Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including more than $2 million in tickets on Wednesday alone. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at more than $4,000 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Powerball purchase on Wednesday in Iowa remained just $5.23, or just under 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 54 percent of all the possible combinations were purchased in Wednesday's drawing.