This morning, we announced that Iowa had a $2 million winner in last night’s Powerball drawing, and now, that prize has been claimed!
Duane Hanson of Osage came to lottery headquarters to claim the prize this afternoon, as you can see here! We’ll have video from Duane’s big day ready tomorrow, so check back here to view it! In the meantime, here are some details to tide you over:
When we asked Duane if he ever thought he’d win the lottery, he said he absolutely did. He’s apparently been telling people for years that he was going to hit it big – and now he has.
Duane, 58, works as a conductor for the Cedar River Railroad in Waterloo. His ticket came close to winning Wednesday night’s $80 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. But Duane also added the Power Play option to his ticket, which multiplied his initial $1 million prize to $2 million.
Duane bought his $2 million-winning ticket at Casey’s, 309 Main St. in Osage. His was one of two tickets nationwide that won a $2 million prize in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. Wednesday’s winning Powerball numbers were: 17-24-26-45-46 and Powerball 19.
Casey’s will receive a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for the $2 million-winning ticket being sold at its Osage store.
Duane said he plans to retire in 2015, so his lottery winnings will help a lot with retirement investments. He said he’s been talking about buying an acreage, so maybe he’ll be able to do that a little sooner now.
Four tickets in Iowa have now won prizes of at least $1 million so far this year, including two just this month!
On Aug. 18, three Johnston siblings claimed a $1 million prize they had won with a Mega Millions® ticket they purchased earlier this month at a Des Moines supermarket. In February, an Urbandale man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he had purchased at a local convenience store; and in January, a West Des Moines man won a $1 million prize in the “Lifetime Riches” instant-scratch game with a ticket he purchased at a local convenience store.
No one won the jackpot in last night’s Powerball drawing, so the big prize increases to an estimated $90 million annuity ($54.9 million cash option) for Saturday.