Did you know that 17 Powerball tickets purchased here in Iowa have won prizes of at least $1 million in the past three years? Go, Iowa!
The current Powerball jackpot has been growing for about two months and is an estimated $289 million annuity ($198.4 million cash option) for tomorrow night’s drawing. The big prize was last won in the Nov. 29 drawing with a ticket purchased in the state of Washington.
If you want a shot at tomorrow night’s jackpot, remember that the deadline to buy a ticket here in Iowa is 8:59 p.m. tomorrow. If you buy a ticket after that, it will be for a later drawing.
This is the first time the jackpot has topped the $250 million mark since June. And while everyone dreams of winning the jackpot, we also want to remind you that there are eight other prize levels in Powerball, including the game’s second prize of $1 million for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.
In the three years since $2 Powerball debuted in January 2012, 12 tickets purchased here in Iowa have won prizes of $1 million; another three won prizes of $2 million each (Michael Lally in 2013, Don Johnson in 2013 and Duane Hanson in 2014); and two won the game’s jackpot!
You might have seen the video or read the story of our latest $1 million Powerball winners, Friedel and Michele Djordjevic (pronounced GEORGE’-uh-vich) of Johnston. They won their big prize in the New Year’s Eve drawing.
The Shipping 20 of Cedar Rapids are Iowa’s biggest jackpot winners to date. They claimed a $241 million Powerball jackpot back in June 2012.
And while we’re on the topic of Powerball, here’s another reminder about two $10,000 prizes in the game that are set to expire soon here in Iowa.
The first of those prizes will expire Monday if no one claims it in time. It was won in the drawing on Feb. 1, 2014, with a ticket purchased at Hy-Vee, 1201 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The other $10,000 Powerball prize on the line in the next few weeks is set to expire Feb. 19. It is from the Powerball drawing on Feb. 19, 2014, with a ticket was purchased at Quik Trip, 4024 Fleur Drive in Des Moines.
Remember to check your tickets, and good luck!