Someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a North Liberty tobacco shop won a $2 million prize in last night’s drawing. It’s North Liberty’s second big Powerball winner in the past six months!
The winning ticket was purchased at Smokin’ Joe’s, 465 S. Iowa Highway 965 in North Liberty. The $2 million-winning ticket came within one number of having at least a share of last night’s $123.4 million jackpot.
The ticket initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize. But whoever bought the ticket also added the Power Play® option to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million. The North Liberty ticket was the only one in the country to win a $2 million prize in last night’s drawing.
Last night’s winning numbers were: 16-30-41-48-53 and Powerball 16. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $141 million annuity ($83.3 million cash option) for Saturday.
Smokin’ Joe’s will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket.
Prizes of $2 million need to be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. If the winner has questions before coming forward to claim the prize, they’re welcome to call us here at the lottery at 515-725-7900.
In October, a Coralville man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased at a North Liberty convenience store. Jeff Tomlinson Jr. of Coralville claimed his $1 million prize on Oct. 7.
And we can’t forget the other big Powerball prize in eastern Iowa that’s still unclaimed! That $2 million prize was won with a ticket purchased in Cedar Rapids for the Powerball drawing on July 16. Players in Iowa have 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim Powerball prizes, so there is still time for that prize to be claimed. Double-check your tickets to see if you’ve won a prize!