North Dakota Powerball players claimed two six-digit prizes this week, joining several smaller winners from other games in the last month.
“It’s been a pretty good holiday for North Dakota lottery players,” said Ryan Koppy, North Dakota Lottery Sales and Marketing Manager.
A Gardner resident on Monday claimed a $100,000 prize from the Dec. 19 draw. The winner opted for a quick pick ticket and made the purchase at Holiday Station in West Fargo.
The Dec. 23 draw made a $150,000 winner out of a Petersburg player, who claimed the prize Tuesday. The $50,000 prize for matching four of five numbers was tripled because the player bought the Power Play option. The ticket was purchased at Hamster Oil in Michigan.
Both winners chose to remain anonymous. The ticket sales earned each retailer a $2,000 bonus.
Four players have won $22,000 prizes in the 2-by-2 game since Nov. 21. A player in the Megamillions game won $20,000 on Dec. 22. Two of those prizes have not yet been claimed.
More people play lottery games as the Powerball jackpot rises, Koppy said, adding that ticket sales seem to increase as the jackpot reaches the $300 million mark. The jackpot for Wednesday’s draw is $363 million.
Lottery ticket sales slowed from March through May as the COVID-19 pandemic set in but have rebounded since, Koppy said. Sales since the start of the fiscal year on July 1 are 3.7% ahead of the same time frame last year.