Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Fort Dodge for Saturday’s drawing has won the largest lottery prize in Iowa history.
Iowa Lottery vice president Mary Neubauer says the ticket worth $200.8 million dollars was sold at a Kum & Go in the heart of Fort Dodge. “I talked to the store this morning and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that they are ecstatic,” Neubauer says. “The assistant manager who I talked to just couldn’t believe it, just kept asking me if it was really true.”
Neubauer says the assistant manager of the convenience store told her there had been a lot of “pool play” in that particular Kum & Go as people were pooling their money at the office and buying tickets together. Lottery officials checked the purchase record on the winning ticket, and found it was a “computer pick” — meaning the person who bought it did not pick their own numbers but let the computer choose the digits. “We also know this was one of 499 tickets sold at that particular store for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing so if you bought a ticket at that Fort Dodge Kum & Go store, you have about a one-in-500 chance of being the winner which is a little better than the overall odds of one-in-146,000,000 of winning the jackpot,” Neubauer says.
This is the sixth time a winning Powerball ticket has been sold in Iowa. The record prize in Powerball was $365 million. “That was won by a group of eight co-workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant this past February,” Neubauer says.
Three winning Powerball tickets have been sold in Ioaw in the past two years. “Just from the lottery’s point of view, it kind of makes us laugh because for a couple of years before we started having these most-recent winners, you know, we heard ‘Well, nobody in Iowa ever wins’ and then we heard ‘Well, nobody in Iowa ever wins the big one’ so I think our last two winners that both were more than $100 million should really debunk all of that,” Neubauer says. “…But I know you’re never really satisfied unless you’re the winner.”
The winner of this latest jackpot must go to Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines to claim their prize, but Neubauer doesn’t expect the winner to step forward when the office opens Monday. “This really is a life-changing amount of money and they’re going to need to talk to a lawyer, possible a financial advisor, to really get their affairs in order,” Neubauer says.
The winner can choose one of two options. If they choose a lump sum of cash, they’ll get $67.1 million after taxes are paid. If they choose to receive 30 yearly installments, they’ll get a total of $140.5 million — after taxes are paid.
The Iowa Lottery will cut a $10,000 check for the Kum & Go convenience store chain for selling the winning Powerball jackpot ticket.
The numbers on the winning ticket were 13, 21, 26, 45, 50 and the so-called “Powerball” number was 20. The winner has a year to claim the money.