The dust is settling today, giving us a chance to recap the final details from last night’s Mega Millions drawing. Nearly 175,000 plays sold in Iowa won prizes last night, and the giant jackpot ended up being even higher than the final estimates heading into the drawing.
Two tickets purchased in Burlington and Ankeny came within one number of having a share of the jackpot and won prizes of $5,000 each. The monster grand prize was split by tickets in California and Georgia.
Here’s the nitty-gritty:
• A total of 174,234 plays purchased here in Iowa won prizes last night ranging from $1 up to $5,000. Each of the tickets that won a $5,000 prize matched four of the first five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball. They were purchased at Burlington Jet Stop South, 901 South St. in Burlington; and Hy-Vee Gas, 414 N. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny.
• Last night’s winning numbers were: 8-14-17-20-39 and Mega Ball 7. The Megaplier was 4. Strong sales in Iowa and across the country had pushed the jackpot higher and higher as the drawing approached, and the final calculations lifted the ultimate jackpot number to $648 million annuity ($347.7 cash option). The two tickets that matched all six numbers drawn to split the jackpot were purchased at a newsstand in Atlanta, Ga., and a gift shop in San Jose, Calif.
• The Mega Millions jackpot returns to $15 million annuity ($8 million cash option) for Friday’s drawing.
• Lottery players here in Iowa bought nearly $2.9 million in Mega Millions tickets for last night’s drawing, including nearly $1.9 million in tickets yesterday alone. During yesterday’s busiest stretch from 5-6 p.m., Mega Millions tickets were selling at an average of about $4,450 per minute in Iowa. But the average Mega Millions ticket price for the day here in Iowa was just $4. That tells us a whole bunch of people were buying tickets, and everyone appeared to be playing at a fun level.