If you’re a Mega Millions player in Iowa, you’ll want to dig out your lottery tickets and take a close look at the numbers. That’s because someone in Iowa just won a $1 million prize in a recent Mega Millions drawing.
The Iowa Lottery reports that the winning ticket from the March 14 drawing matched the first five numbers drawn but didn’t match the Mega Ball number. Had the ticket matched all the numbers drawn, it would have won the $229 million jackpot.
Because nobody won the top prize, the next jackpot will be worth an estimated $254 million if paid as an annuity. If the winner selects the lump-sum option, the prize will be worth $133.7 million.
Still, winning a $1 million prize is not such a bad deal. And the Iowa player is not alone in holding a lucky ticket.
Two other $1 million prizes were won from the same drawing — one in California and one in North Carolina.
Where in Iowa was the winning ticket purchased?
The winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store located at the address shown in the below map. The Iowa Lottery will pay QuikTrip a $1,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.
What were the winning numbers for this drawing?
You can find the winning numbers in this press release from the Iowa State Lottery. Or you can watch the below video of the March 14, 2023 Mega Millions drawing.
Has Iowa had many big prize winners in the last year?
Yes, Iowa has had quite a few large paydays for lottery players. The Iowa website publishes a list of prize winners of $600 or more from the last year.
There have been five players who have won $1 million or more in the past twelve months. Two players won $2 million each (one from Powerball and one from Mega Millions).
Three other Iowa players won $1 million each (one from Powerball and two from Mega Millions).
And let’s not forget Iowa’s largest jackpot winner from four years ago. You can watch this video of the $343 million Powerball winner.
What’s the biggest lottery win you’ve ever had?
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