CLIVE — The world-record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided three ways by winning ticket holders in California, Florida and Tennessee, but one Iowan did come away from Wednesday’s drawing with a $2 million prize before taxes.
Lottery officials report three winning Powerball tickets purchased for Wednesday’s drawing outside of Iowa matched the numbers drawn, with each being worth $528.8 million.
The winning numbers were: 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. The Power Play number was 2. The odds of winning the jackpot in Powerball were about one in 292.2 million and, overall, nearly 89 percent of all the possible numerical combinations were purchased for Wednesday’s drawing, lottery officials said.
In Iowa, early details show that Iowa Lottery players won nearly 225,000 prizes, including a $2 million prize from ticket purchased at a Casey’s convenience store in Onawa.
Bryon Stewart, 23, of Onawa, wasted little time Thursday showing up at lottery headquarters in Clive to claim his $2 million prize.
Stewart, who works as a security officer at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Onawa, said he bought his winning ticket Wednesday night, just a few hours before the Powerball drawing.
The Onawa ticket was one of eight across that country that each won a $2 million prize in Wednesday’s drawing. The ticket initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize, but the person who bought the ticket also added the Power Play option to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million.
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Casey’s will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.
Iowa Lottery officials say players bought more than $12 million in Powerball tickets at outlets around the state for Wednesday’s drawing, including more than $6.2 million in tickets on Wednesday alone. During Wednesday’s busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at nearly $13,800 per minute in Iowa, with the average purchase being about $7, or three to four plays per ticket.
“This really has felt like we were all part of one big conversation,” said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. “At the Iowa Lottery, we extend our sincere thanks to our players and retailers for being part of this shared moment. It’s been a busy time, but we’ve all had some fun and our joint efforts have made a difference right here at home by raising additional lottery proceeds for state causes.”
Seven tickets purchased in Iowa came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. Six of the tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Three of those tickets each won a $50,000 prize, while three others each won a prize of $100,000 due to the Power Play option.
|Prize Amount||Retailer Name||Address||City|
|$100,000||BW Gas & Convenience||2101 Antique City Drive||Walnut|
|$100,000||Kum & Go||1920 S. Federal Ave.||Mason City|
|$100,000||Kum & Go||7265 Vista Drive||West Des Moines|
|$50,000||Kwik Shop||303 W. Locust St.||Davenport|
|$50,000||Guppy’s On The Go||1532 Ellis Blvd. NW||Cedar Rapids|
|$50,000||Kum & Go||303 W. Broadway St.||Polk City|