Iowa players miss out on $400 million Mega Millions jackpot

But two tickets sold in Iowa fell just one number short of winning top prize

Rod Boshart
Published: March 19 2014 | 6:45 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:50 am in

No lottery ticket sold in Iowa won Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, but two players did come within one number of claiming a share of the $400 million jackpot.

Iowa’s near jackpot-winning tickets were purchased in Shenandoah and Coggon and won prizes of $15,000 each.

The $400 million grand prize ($224.8 million if taken as a lump-sum cash option) will be split by the holders of jackpot-winning tickets purchased in Florida and Maryland. The overall jackpot was the third largest in the history of the Mega Millions game.

The winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing were: 11-19-24-33-51 and Mega Ball 7. The Megaplier was 3.

In Iowa, official results show that more than 50,000 plays sold at outlets around the state won prizes ranging from $1 up to $15,000. More than $823,000 Mega Millions tickets were sold in Iowa in the run-up to Tuesday’s drawing, including more than $475,000 in tickets on Tuesday alone. During Tuesday’s busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Iowa Lottery officials say Mega Millions tickets were selling at an average of about $1,085 per minute in Iowa.

Two tickets that matched four of the five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball were purchased at Casey’s stores in Shenandoah and Coggon. Normally, that wins a $5,000 prize but, since each ticket had the Megaplier option added, the prize amounts were multiplied by three making them each a $15,000 prize, lottery officials said.

The Mega Millions jackpot returns to $15 million annuity ($8.3 million cash option) for Friday’s drawing.

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