Jerry Wells of Lincoln recently won $1 million playing Nebraska Powerball.
Wells purchased his winning Powerball ticket at Roc's Stop & Shop, 2100 South 56th Street in Lincoln. The two-play ticket contained one play with all five winning white ball numbers (4, 18, 23, 32, 45) for a corresponding prize of $1 million.
While claiming his prize on November 26, Wells told Nebraska Lottery officials that he selects his Powerball numbers using a combination of birthdays, ages, and the jersey numbers of favorite athletes. He learned he had won after checking the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com. "When I saw the numbers come up the first thought that went through my mind was, 'Those numbers look familiar,'" said Wells. "I was disappointed for a second because I didn't match the Powerball number for the jackpot, but then I realized I'd won a million dollars." He plans to pay bills and invest for the future using his winnings. "I've often dreamed of winning and what I'd do if I did win," said Wells. "I am truly blessed and very thankful."
Also receiving a prize was the store that sold the winning ticket. Nebraska Lottery retailers receive a High Prize Seller Bonus for selling winning high-tier Scratch and Lotto tickets. This bonus is 1% of the prize won, so Roc's Stop & Shop received $10,000.
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