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NW Iowa Man Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

It's The 5th Iowa Prize Of At Least $1 Million Claimed This Year

Daryl Ingram

CLIVE, Iowa — So far in 2022, he's survived a heart attack and another major health scare, and now, he's won a $1 million Powerball® prize. So, does Daryl Ingram of Mapleton consider himself lucky?

"Unlucky or lucky, one of the two, I don't know!" Ingram said as he claimed his $1 million prize Thursday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

Ingram, 62, who is retired from trucking and still works in farming, said his lottery luck started when he won $11 in last Saturday's Powerball drawing. He used some of his winnings from that night to buy plays for the game's drawing on Monday. One of those easy-pick plays won $1 million.

Ingram said he popped awake in the early hours on Tuesday and something told him to check his Powerball ticket. In the process, he misread one of the numbers and thought he only won $100. Was he excited about that?

"Yeah, it's better than nothing, you know," he said.

But when he went to the local convenience store where he bought his ticket to have it checked, the store clerk told him he'd actually won $1 million.

"I was pumped up a little bit," Ingram said. "But she was more excited than me, I think. She said, 'It's you! It's you! It's you!'"

Word spread quickly in his small community and far beyond. Ingram laughed as he recalled that he got a congratulatory call from a friend in Omaha, Neb., within 15 minutes.

Ingram's first call was to his girlfriend, Joan Ford. She was with him as he claimed his prize but admits she didn't believe him at first.

"I thought he was just messing with me," she said with a laugh. "Because he does that kind of stuff."

It turns out, he was not messing with her. Ingram said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his home, invest for the future, and likely take another trip with Joan. They enjoy travel and said they take several trips each year.

Ingram bought his winning Powerball ticket at KCK's Food and Fuel, a convenience store at 503 Iowa Highway 175 in Danbury, a community of about 320 in Woodbury County. His ticket came within one number of having at least a share of Monday's $485 million jackpot.

Ingram's ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize. Monday's winning numbers were: 19-30-36-46-60 and Powerball 25. The Power Play® number was 3.

The jackpot has continued to climb since then, reaching an estimated $550 million annuity, $277.5 million lump-sum option, for Saturday's drawing.

KCK's Food and Fuel will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.

Five lottery prizes of at least $1 million have been claimed so far in 2022 in Iowa. Two more prizes at that level are currently unclaimed. Here are details about them:

Game Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
Powerball Oct. 10, 2022 $2 million Casey's, Forest City Oct. 10, 2023
Mega Millions Sept. 6, 2022 $1 million Gateway Expresse, Ames Sept. 6, 2023

Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69, and another number – called the Powerball – from a separate pool of 26. The Power Play option is available for an extra $1 per play.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today Powerball is played by 48 lotteries across the country with drawings at 9:59 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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