2 Megaball tickets sold in western IA came close to winning the big prize


April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say 108,143 tickets sold in state won prizes in Friday’s world-record Mega Millions jackpot drawing, including two tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot and won prizes of $10,000 each. The two tickets that each won a $10,000 prize matched four of the first five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball. They were both purchased in southwest Iowa, at Taylor Quik Pic, in Shelby; and Bucky’s Express, in Council Bluffs.

The winning numbers in Friday’s $640 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23. The Megaplier was 3. Three tickets nationwide matched all six numbers drawn to win a share of the jackpot.

In addition, someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Council Bluffs supermarket won a $1 million prize in Wednesday night’s drawing. It’s the third $1 million-winning Powerball ticket purchased in Iowa in a little more than a month. The latest big-winning ticket, sold at Hy-Vee, 1745 Madison Ave. in Council Bluffs, came close to winning it all, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers in the $50 million Powerball drawing were: 11-16-29-50-58 and Powerball 33.