Someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a Cedar Rapids convenience store won a $1 million prize in last night’s drawing. And here’s another cool detail: It was the only ticket nationwide to win a $1 million prize.
This is the sixth lottery prize of at least $1 million won in Iowa this year and the third recent $1 million prize won by lottery players in the Cedar Rapids area. I’d say we’re definitely seeing a run of lottery millionaires in Iowa these days!
The $1 million-winning ticket was sold at Casey’s, 3625 Edgewood Road S.W. in Cedar Rapids. The ticket originally matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win a $250,000 prize in last night’s drawing. But the player who purchased the ticket also added the Megaplier® option to the winning play, which multiplied the prize to $1 million.
If your ticket matches the first five numbers in a Mega Millions drawing and you’ve added the Megaplier, the prize you’ll win is always $1 million, no matter what the Megaplier number is for that drawing.
The winning numbers in last night’s $24 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 3-9-11-44-49 and Mega Ball 9. The Megaplier® number was 4. Nobody won the jackpot, so it climbs to an estimated $33 million for Friday’s drawing.
The Cedar Rapids area’s other recent $1 million prize winners were Eric Shaffer of Marion, who won a $1 million prize in March with a Powerball® ticket he purchased while stopping for a soda and newspaper at a Cedar Rapids convenience store; and Susan and Clyde Hendricks of Marion, who won a $1 million Powerball prize in December 2008 with a ticket they purchased in Swisher while out looking at holiday lights with friends.
Prizes of $1 million have to be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Players can claim prizes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. If the winner or winners need information before coming forward to claim the prize, they’re welcome to call us here at the lottery at 515-725-7900.