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) from the November 20th drawing for a corresponding prize of $1 million.
Ten Nebraska Lottery players have won the $1 million prize in Powerball since the game was modified on January 15, 2012.
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.”
The odds of winning $1 million playing Powerball are 1 in 5,153,633, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 31.8.
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.
The Nebraska Lottery has offered Powerball since July 1994. Sales of Nebraska Powerball have exceeded $590 million and have helped raise a total of over $499 million for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.