According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, "Three Iowans were just one number away from winning a share of the second-largest Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. Darn, that's so close!

Just one number stood between those three people and financial freedom for the rest of their life. One stupid number!!!! They will all receive a nice check for $50,000 for getting 5 out of 6. (Not a bad conciliation prize)

I could use the $50k, but it would drive me crazy to know that I WAS THAT CLOSE! Think about it, you go from splitting up 700 million to just a mere $50,000. It's actually pretty sad, if you think about it.

But, it's not that sad...$50,000 will buy you a lot of cheeseburgers, a nice vacation and you can finally pay off that American Express Card. But just think, ONE MORE CORRECT NUMBER!

According to the story, the tickets were sold in Fort Dodge, Dakota City and Evansdale. The Iowa Lottery reported that during Wednesday's busiest stretch, more then $7,800 in Powerball tickets were being sold in Iowa PER MINUTE.

Better luck next time.... For all of us, I guess.

[Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette HARD COPY]