Iowans have been incredibly lucky this summer with the Iowa Lottery. Another person in the Hawkeye State is about to be $1 million richer but they need to claim the money to become a millionaire. Check your lottery tickets Quad Cities because you might be taking a trip to Clive, IA to claim $1 million.

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On Thursday, the Iowa Lottery announced that for the third time this summer, an Iowa player has won a Mega Millions® prize of at least $1 million. Whoever they are, that someone who bought a Mega Millions® ticket at an Ames convenience store won a $1 million prize in the game’s Tuesday drawing.

The $1 million-winning ticket in Tuesday’s drawing was purchased at Gateway Expresse, 2400 University Blvd. in Ames. The ticket came within one number of having at least a share of the $191 million jackpot.

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The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win a $1 million prize. Tuesday’s winning numbers were: 6-17-46-59-68 and Mega Ball 2.

The Megaplier® number was 4. This is the third Mega Millions prize of at least $1 million won in Iowa in a little more than a month.

No one matched all six numbers to win Tuesday’s jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $210 million annuity, a $114 million lump-sum option for Friday’s drawing.

The Ames ticket was the only $1 million winner nationwide in Tuesday’s drawing. Gateway Expresse will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.


The Quad Cities has had a ton of luck with the Iowa Lottery this summer. In August, Todd Rands from Bettendorf won $50,000 in the 'Power Shot' scratch-off game he bought at the QC Mart, 2545 18th St.in Bettendorf.

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Also in August, Russell Smith of DeWitt won $10,000 in the Iowa Lottery's "Extreme Green Progressive" InstaPlay game. Smith purchased his winning ticket at Macs Express, 1101 11th St. in DeWitt.

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In late July, Ben Sanford won a $2 million Mega Millions prize when the jackpot reached an incredible $1.3 billion. Sanford bought the $2 million ticket at the Big 10 Mart, 999 Middle Road in Bettendorf.

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In July, Keon Davis of Bettendorf won the second top prize in the Iowa Lottery's "Cash Creator" scratch game last week, according to Iowa Lottery officials. Davis purchased his winning ticket at Expresslane, 1208 E. Locust St. in Davenport.

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Keon is a father of three and said the win will help him expand his home business to a food truck. He specializes in jerk chicken and soul food, and named his business, Freddie's Jerk Joint, after his late grandmother, who taught him to cook.

Back in June, the Quad Cities saw 5 big-time winners! The last QC winner in June was Vanessa Lam of Bettendorf who won the third top prize in the Iowa Lottery's "X The Money" scratch game. The top prize is worth $50,000.

Lam bought her winning ticket at EZ Stop, 2923 Brady St. in Davenport. She claimed her prize Tuesday at the lottery's Cedar Rapids regional office.

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Also in June, Davenport had not one but two lottery winners. Christine Sanders won $50,000 (she got her ticket at Express Lane Gas & Food Mart on North Harrison) and Mason Brower won $30,000 (he got his ticket at W Mart on East Locust).

On June 14th, we told you about a Rryan Claussen of Eldridge who won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket while on a road trip with his dad. He bought that winning ticket at Casey's (1800 S. B Ave.) in Nevada.

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The next day, Jean Miller from Davenport won $50,000 from the lottery's "Power Shot" scratch game. She got the winning ticket at Kwik Star at 13888 118th Ave.

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Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. The lottery’s offices are open Monday through Friday, and prize claims are currently available by appointment. The winner or winners of the Ames prize can call the lottery at 515-725-7900 to make an appointment to claim it.

Mega Millions prizes won in Iowa must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing in which they were won.

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