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Mega Millions Results In Iowa: More Than 106,000 Prizes Won

$1 Million Prize Won In Davenport, 3 Tickets Won $10,000

CLIVE, Iowa — Four tickets in Iowa were just one number away from having a share of Tuesday's giant Mega Millions® jackpot. One of those tickets, purchased in Davenport, won a $1 million prize, while the other three won prizes of $10,000 each. In all, Iowa Lottery players won more than 106,000 prizes in the drawing, while the jackpot was won by a ticket in South Carolina.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich thanked Iowans for joining in the fun.

"This really has felt like we were all part of one big conversation," Rich said. "At the Iowa Lottery, we extend our sincere thanks to our retailers and players for being part of this shared moment. It's been a busy time, but we all had some fun and our joint efforts have made a difference right here at home by raising additional lottery proceeds for state causes."


The final figure for Tuesday's jackpot – $1.54 billion annuity, or $877.8 million lump-sum option – came in just under the latest estimates heading into the drawing and finished just shy of a world record. Jackpot estimates are based on historical patterns but there were few precedents for a jackpot at this level, so forecasting precise numbers in advance can be difficult. Tuesday's jackpot was, however, the world's largest lottery prize won by a single ticket, and it was South Carolina's first Mega Millions jackpot win.

The winning numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing were: 5-28-62-65-70 and Mega Ball 5. The Megaplier number was 3.

The world record for a lottery prize remains the Powerball® jackpot of nearly $1.59 billion that was split in January 2016 by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee


A Mega Millions ticket purchased at Hy-Vee Gas, 3850 Elmore Ave. in Davenport, won a $1 million prize in Tuesday's drawing by matching the first five numbers but missing the Mega Ball. Three Iowa tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Mega Ball to win prizes of $10,000 each. They were purchased at stores in three different communities: Tobacco Outlet Plus, 204 S. Duff Ave. in Ames; Hy-Vee, 910 N. Jefferson Way in Indianola; and Kum & Go, 3215 Seventh Ave. in Marion.

The $1 million prize must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive, while the $10,000 prizes can be claimed at any of the lottery's five regional offices.

Hy-Vee will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket at one of its stores. The Davenport ticket was one of 34 across the country that won $1 million prizes in Tuesday's drawing, while two others won prizes of $3 million each because the players who bought those tickets had added the Megaplier option to the purchase.

A total of 106,564 plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes Tuesday ranging from $2 up to $1 million.


Iowa Lottery players bought more than $5.6 million in Mega Millions tickets for Tuesday's drawing, including nearly $3.3 million in tickets on Tuesday alone, which was a single-day sales record for the game. Tuesday's sales total topped the previous Iowa daily sales record for Mega Millions of nearly $3.2 million, which was set on March 30, 2012.

During Tuesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Mega Millions tickets sold at more than $7,000 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Iowa Mega Millions purchase on Tuesday remained about $6, or three plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that Iowans enjoyed playing at a fun level and didn't go overboard.

How did the Iowa sales totals for Tuesday's drawing compare to those four days earlier for Friday's drawing, when the game's jackpot was an estimated $1 billion? Iowa Lottery players bought more than $4 million in Mega Millions tickets for Friday's drawing, including more than $2.8 million in tickets that day alone. So, total sales for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing were nearly 40 percent higher than those for Friday's drawing.


The odds of winning the jackpot in Mega Millions are about 1 in 302.6 million because there are about 302.6 million ways you can combine the numbers in the game to make a play. By tracking nationwide sales, lottery officials can estimate how many of all the possible combinations have been purchased for a particular drawing. About 75 percent of all the possible combinations were purchased for Tuesday's drawing.

More than 93 percent of all the plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players for Tuesday's drawing were easy picks, meaning that the players let the lottery terminal randomly pick the numbers on their tickets.

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