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Ticket Purchased In Ames Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

It Is Iowa's Third Winner Of At Least $1 Million This Summer

CLIVE, Iowa — Someone who bought a Mega Millions® ticket at an Ames convenience store won a $1 million prize in the game's Tuesday drawing.

It is the third Mega Millions prize of at least $1 million won in Iowa in a little more than a month.

The $1 million-winning ticket in Tuesday's drawing was purchased at Gateway Expresse, 2400 University Blvd. in Ames. The ticket came within one number of having at least a share of the $191 million jackpot.

The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win a $1 million prize. Tuesday's winning numbers were: 6-17-46-59-68 and Mega Ball 2. The Megaplier® number was 4.

No one matched all six numbers to win Tuesday's jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $210 million annuity, $114 million lump-sum option for Friday's drawing.

The Ames ticket was the only $1 million winner nationwide in Tuesday's drawing. Gateway Expresse will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.

In late July, a Davenport man won a $2 million Mega Millions prize with a ticket he bought at a Quad Cities convenience store. And in August, a West Union man won a $1 million Mega Millions prize with a ticket he bought at a convenience store in the northeast Iowa community of Ossian.

Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. The lottery's offices are open Monday through Friday, and prize claims are currently available by appointment. The winner or winners of the Ames prize can call the lottery at 515-725-7900 to make an appointment to claim it.

Mega Millions prizes won in Iowa must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing in which they were won.

Players in $2 Mega Millions choose their first five numbers from a pool of 70, and another number - called the Mega Ball - from a separate pool of 25. The Megaplier option is available for an extra $1 per play.

Powerball® and Mega Millions are both lotto games with jackpot prizes that have climbed into the hundreds of millions of dollars. But while Powerball's drawings are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Mega Millions drawings are on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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