The Pella Chronicle
---- — A Pella man was just one number away from winning Friday’s $37 million Mega Millions® jackpot and ended up winning a $250,000 lottery prize.
Richard Petersma of Pella matched all five white balls, but missed the Mega Ball to win a $250,000 prize. His ticket was one of five in the country to win a $250,000 prize in that drawing.
The winning numbers in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 5-20-45-48-56 and Mega Ball 1. The Megaplier® number that night was 4. No one won the jackpot that night. Tuesday’s estimated jackpot is $55 million.
Petersma claimed his prize Monday at the lottery’s headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s, 414 Oskaloosa St. in Pella.
Changes that take effect with Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing will give those who win the game’s “second prize” an even bigger reason to celebrate. Starting with Tuesday’s drawing, Mega Millions players will see changes that include a faster-growing jackpot that starts at $15 million and a new prize structure with a $1 million prize for matching the first five numbers, but missing the Mega Ball.
Players can multiply their prizes (except the jackpot) with the Megaplier up to five times. The cost is $1 per play or $2 per play with the Megaplier. Drawings are held Tuesday and Friday evenings at 10 p.m.
Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers’ hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.