A Lake Mills man won a $50,000 Powerball prize in the March 11 drawing. He was one number away from winning the $110 million jackpot.
Roger Olson purchased his winning ticket at Don's Motor Mart on Main Street in Lake Mills and claimed the large prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.
The winning numbers in the March 11 drawing were 4-29-49-50-67 and Powerball 2. The Power Play was 4.
Players in $2 Powerball choose their first five numbers from a pool of 69 and another number, 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 Wednesdays an Saturdays.
Since the Iowa Lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $4.5 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $2 billion for state programs.
The Iowa Lottery has four main purposes in Iowa:
- provide help for the state's veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
- support through the Iowa Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund for the surviving family members of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters who died at the line of duty
- help for a variety of significant projects through the state general fund
- backing for the Vision Iowa program, which creates tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and builds and repairs schools.
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Grace Zaplatynsky covers Hancock and Winnebago counties. You can reach her at Grace.Zaplatynsky@GlobeGazette.com or by phone at 641-421-0534.
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