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Prize Was Won In Early September At Ames Store

CLIVE, Iowa — A $1 million Mega Millions® prize that remains unclaimed in Ames is approaching its three-month mark, and the Iowa Lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets. Eight other prizes ranging from $10,000 up to $250,000 also are unclaimed in Iowa.

The $1 million-winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at Gateway Expresse, 2400 University Blvd. in Ames, for the game's drawing on Sept. 6. It was the only ticket in the country that night to match the five white balls but miss the yellow Mega Ball to win at the game's second prize level.

The winner or winners of the $1 million prize have until the close of business on Sept. 6, 2023, to claim it at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

The winning numbers in the Sept. 6 drawing were: 6-17-46-59-68 and Mega Ball 2. The Megaplier® number was 4.

Gateway Expresse received a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.

Here are details about the eight other sizeable lottery prizes in Iowa that also are unclaimed (details listed by prize amount):

Game Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
Powerball Oct. 15, 2022 $250,000 Murphy USA, Cedar Rapids Oct. 16, 2023
Powerball Oct. 29, 2022 $150,000 Floyd Food & Fuel, Sioux City Oct. 30, 2023
Powerball Nov. 5, 2022 $150,000 Hy-Vee C-Store, Sheldon Nov. 6, 2023
Powerball Nov. 7, 2022 $100,000 Casey's, Dubuque Nov. 7, 2023
Powerball Nov. 5, 2022 $50,000 K&Js Hop N Shop, Sabula Nov. 6, 2023
Mega Millions May 6, 2023 $10,000 Gas & Goodies, Libertyville May 8, 2023
Mega Millions July 26, 2022 $10,000 Kum & Go, Marion July 26, 2023
Super 7s Instaplay Dec. 3, 2022 $10,000 Haddy's, Center Point Mar. 3, 2023

If the winners have questions before coming forward to claim the prizes, they are welcome to call the lottery at 515-725-7900 or email to

The lottery currently offers prize claims by appointment at its offices. Full details are available on the lottery's website here.

In the last fiscal year (FY 2022), more than $1.5 million in lotto and InstaPlay prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.

Time appears to be a factor. The Iowa Lottery reviewed plays from a sampling of recent lotto drawings and found that the vast majority of prize claims occurred within six months of the drawing date. Less than 3 percent of prizes from those drawings were claimed after that point. The Iowa Lottery will continue to review how it can best encourage and remind players to claim their prizes.

The money from lottery prizes that expire in Iowa without being claimed goes into the lottery's prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired.

Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Lucky for Life and Powerball, and up to 90 days from the date of purchase to claim prizes in InstaPlay games. However, if the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery's offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to turn in the ticket.

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