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Iowa's Powerball® Drawing Results: More Than 85,000 Prizes Won

Three Iowa Tickets In Wednesday's Drawing Were Just One Number Away

CLIVE, Iowa – Iowa Lottery players bought tickets that won more than 85,000 prizes in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, including three plays that were one number away from having a share of the jackpot and each won a $50,000 prize. The game's giant jackpot ended up being even higher than the final estimates leading into the drawing, and the top prize was won by a ticket purchased in Massachusetts.


Strong sales nationwide pushed Wednesday's jackpot to $758.7 million annuity, or $480.5 million lump-sum option. The winning numbers in Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing were: 6-7-16-23-26 and Powerball 4. The Power Play® number was 4. A total of 85,440 plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes in the drawing ranging from $4 up to $50,000.


Three tickets purchased in Iowa came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. They each won a $50,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Those tickets were purchased in different areas of the state: Ampride All Round Truck Plaza, 3243 Fifth Ave. S. in Fort Dodge; Casey's, 502 Main St. in Dakota City; and Kwik Star, 100 W. Gilbert Drive in Evansdale.


Iowa Lottery players bought more than $4.7 million in Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including more than $3 million in tickets on Wednesday alone. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at more than $7,800 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Iowa Powerball purchase on Wednesday remained around $5, or about 3 plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that Iowans played at a fun level and didn't go overboard.


More than 90 percent of all of the plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players for Wednesday's drawing were easy picks, meaning that the lottery terminal automatically generated the numbers on the ticket. Typically about 70 percent of all Powerball plays in Iowa are easy picks, with the remainder being number combinations that players choose themselves.


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 have been purchased for a particular drawing. About 54 percent of all the possible combinations were purchased in Wednesday's drawing.

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