LINCOLN, Neb. — A group of five friends from Lincoln won $1 million playing Powerball from the Nebraska Lottery.
The group, made up of Douglas Murray, Felipe Osorio, Eric Cobb, Chris Hinkley and Yevgeniy Koval, purchased their winning ticket from U-Stop at 2925 NW 12th St. in Lincoln. The winning ticket contained five quick pick plays, one of which that matched five out of five winning numbers (07, 14, 23, 38, 55) but not the winning Powerball number from the November 21 drawing.
The group—who decided to call themselves “The Five”—said they’ve been friends since high school and college.
Some of them have moved out of state and one of the friends moved to Panama since they met in school. The fact that they were all together at the same time they won is a bit of a coincidence, Murray said.
“We all came for Thanksgiving this year,” he said. “Usually we just come for Christmas. We found out we won on Black Friday morning.”
The group decided to start pooling their money during the jackpot run in October that led to Mega Millions topping out at over $1.5 billion and Powerball hitting $688 million. Murray takes their money to purchase tickets for each game over $100 million.
Even though they hit the $1 million prize, they’re planning to continue playing.
“We’re gonna hit the jackpot,” Osorio said. “We’ll be back.”
Powerball is a multi-state jackpot game currently offered by 44 state lotteries, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning $1 million playing Powerball are 1 in 11,688,053.52 while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.9.
The Nebraska Lottery says over $704 million has been raised for its beneficiary funds since the lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.