Just months after setting a world record, the Powerball jackpot is climbing high again, now at an estimated $415 million annuity, $269.7 million lump-sum option for Saturday’s drawing. That puts it at No. 7 on the list of the largest Powerball jackpots of all time and No. 9 among the largest jackpots in North America.
Three tickets purchased in Iowa were just one number away from winning at least a share of last night’s jackpot, matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Two of those tickets won prizes of $150,000 each while the other won a $50,000 prize.
IOWA’S BIG WINNERS FROM WEDNESDAY
The three tickets purchased in Iowa that came within one number of winning at least a share of last night’s jackpot all matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Two of the tickets also had added the Power Play® option, so their prize was multiplied to $150,000. The third ticket did not have the Power Play option and won a $50,000 prize. The tickets were purchased at:
Kum & Go, 527 Park Ave., Story City
Clark of Cedar Rapids, 502 E. Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids
Sioux-Per Center, 1212 N. Main Ave., Sioux Center
Those three prizes can be claimed at any of the Iowa Lottery’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Clive, Council Bluffs, Mason City or Storm Lake. The winning numbers in Wednesday’s $361.5 million Powerball jackpot drawing were 30-47-57-66-69 and Powerball 3. The Power Play number was 3.
TWO OTHER BIG IOWA POWERBALL TICKETS ALSO UNCLAIMED
In addition to the big winning tickets from last night’s drawing, we’re also looking for the winners of two big prizes from last Saturday’s drawing (April 30). Both of those tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize. They were purchased at: Casey’s, 3902 State St. in Bettendorf; and Casey’s, 2905 W. First St. in Ankeny.
POWERBALL’S WORLD-RECORD HISTORY
The $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in the Jan. 13 drawing was the biggest lottery prize ever offered in the world that could be won with a single ticket. As it turned out, the jackpot was split that night by three tickets purchased in California, Florida and Tennessee.
WILL THE JACKPOT ‘TAKE OFF’ LIKE IT DID BACK IN JANUARY?
It took about two months for the Powerball jackpot to reach its world-record level back in January. It grew from early November until it was won on Jan. 13, and enormous sales nationwide caused it to rise by more than $1 billion in just the final two drawings of that run. Will we see the jackpot take off again this time around? It does look like it’s starting to jump up, with the jackpot growing by $53.5 million from last night’s drawing to its current estimate for Saturday. The jackpot was last won on March 2 with a ticket purchased in Florida, so it’s been growing for about two months this time around as well.
THERE IS A DEADLINE FOR BUYING A TICKET
Lottery tickets in Iowa are sold at about 2,400 locations. Powerball drawings are at 9:59 p.m. central time on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here in Iowa, you can buy a ticket for Saturday’s drawing up until 8:59 p.m. that day. If you buy a ticket after that time, it will be for a later drawing.
THE LATEST 'COVERAGE' ESTIMATE
The odds of winning the jackpot in Powerball are about 1 in 292.2 million because there are about 292.2 million ways you can combine the numbers in the game to make a play. By tracking sales, lottery officials can estimate how many of the possible combinations will be purchased for a particular drawing, something that has come to be known as the "coverage" for that night. The latest estimates are that a little more than 17 percent of all the possible combinations will be purchased for Saturday’s drawing.
PLEASE PLAY RESPONSIBLY
With the jackpot climbing, we continue to urge the public to play responsibly. You’ve seen us say this many times, and we really mean it. It only takes one ticket to win. Have fun playing Powerball, but play within your means and don’t get in over your head. The fun of our games is that you can do a lot of dreaming for just a few dollars.