Mega Millions purchase in Ames wins $1 million from Iowa Lottery

Someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket in Ames is now a millionaire. 

The $1 million winner in Tuesday’s drawing purchased a ticket at Gateway Expresse, 2400 University Boulevard, in Ames. The convenience store also will earn a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the ticket.

“The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win a $1 million prize,” according to a news release from the Iowa Lottery. “The ticket came within one number of having at least a share of the $191 million jackpot.”

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Tuesday’s winning numbers were 6, 17, 46, 59 and 68. The Mega Ball was 2, and the Megaplier number was 4.

No tickets drawn Tuesday matched all six numbers. As a result, the jackpot climbs to an estimated $210 million annuity or $114 million lump-sum option for Friday’s drawing.

A Mega Millions ticket purchased in Ames was a $1 million winner in Tuesday's drawing.

The ticket purchased in Ames was the only $1 million winner nationwide. It’s the third time this summer that an Iowa Mega Millions ticket has won its owner at least $1 million.

In July, a Davenport man won $2 million with a ticket he bought at a Quad Cities convenience store.

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In August, a West Union man won $1 million with a ticket he bought at a convenience store in Ossian, a community in northeast Iowa.     

Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

The winner or winners of the Ames prize can call the lottery at 515-725-7900 to make an appointment to claim it. The winners have 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

Ronna Faaborg covers business and the arts for the Ames Tribune. Reach her at [email protected].

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