Iowa Powerball Ticket came so close to winning $ 635 million
Close but no cigar. Iowa made some huge news this weekend.
Saturday night’s Powerball drawing was worth $ 635 million. I feel like it makes more sense when you say it that way … $ 635,000,000. Yeah, that’s a lot of zeros. And that massive jackpot was almost pocketed by someone who bought a ticket in Wapello County, Southeast Iowa.
According to Iowa Lottery, a ticket purchased at the Fareway at 1325 Albia Road in Ottumwa missed the jackpot by one number. Ouch! The ticket had the Powerball and four of the other five numbers. Because the player used the Power Play option, what would have been a prize of $ 50,000 was doubled to $ 100,000. But oh what could it have been. If you didn’t check your tickets last Saturday, here are the numbers: 28-38-42-47-52. Powerball: 1; Power set: 2
The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s draw (yes, there’s a draw on Mondays every week now) is estimated at $ 685 million. If you earn it, you can convert your gain into an annuity or receive the lump sum payment of $ 485.5 million. It’s a decision I wouldn’t mind having to make.
This jackpot estimated at $ 685 million is enough for the 8th biggest jackpot in US lottery history and the 6th biggest Powerball jackpot of all time, according to the Iowa Lottery. The last time someone cashed the Powerball jackpot was June 5th. This ticket was purchased in Florida.
I love the fun the Iowa Lottery had with tonight’s jackpot. If you had 685 million $ 1 bills and put them end to end, they would hit over 66,380 miles. It would go around the equator about 2.5 times.