Two Iowans have a chance to start 2022 with $ 1 million more than they end in 2021.
Shari Beenken, 57, of Titonka, and Rob Long, 50, of Waterloo, were selected in a draw to be two of five national finalists in the Powerball promotion for the first millionaire of the year, according to a Press release.
Players from 29 eligible states submitted non-winning Powerball tickets for the second chance draw. Five national finalists were selected from a draw of local semi-finalists by the Multi-State Lottery Association, which manages Powerball.
The final draw for the Million Dollar Prize will take place just after midnight Eastern Time on January 1 from Times Square in New York City. ABC will be showing the cartoon from “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest”. Finalists from Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania were also drawn.
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Beenken and Long were both awarded $ 2,500 for being selected as local Iowa Second Chance Draw winners, according to the press release. As finalists in the national competition, they won $ 10,000 and a home entertainment package valued at $ 10,000.
Long purchased his ticket on behalf of a group of 22 colleagues. He said they held a raffle to choose who got the merchandise and that the group is dividing the cash prizes evenly.
If he wins the $ 1 million jackpot, the group will split it as well – each would receive around $ 45,000 before taxes.
Million Dollar Winners in Iowa
Iowa has a history of big Powerball winners, including three Iowans who have won million dollar prizes this year.
Anton Garrett of Waterloo won a $ 2 million Powerball prize on May 10. Karen Kramer, of Urbana, won a Mega Millions prize of $ 1 million on June 10. Susan Blazek. of Delhi, won $ 1 million in the Iowa Lottery $ 1 million summer promotion on August 31.
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Five jackpots worth at least $ 100 million have been claimed by residents of Iowa over the past 15 years, including:
November 2018: Lerynne West, of Redfield, won Iowa’s biggest lottery jackpot to date – $ 343.9 million. West’s ticket, and one sold in New York City, matched winning numbers 8, 12, 13, 19, and 27, and Powerball 4.
June 2012 : The Shipping 20, a group of fellow shipping workers at Cedar Rapids’ Quaker Oats factory, shared a $ 241 million Powerball jackpot.
October 2012: The Lohse family of Bondurant have won a Powerball jackpot worth $ 202.1 million.
October 2006: Timothy Guderian of Fort Dodge won a Powerball jackpot worth $ 200.8 million.
January 2006: Hugh Hawkins of Des Moines won a Powerball jackpot worth $ 113.2 million.