Nebraska has a new millionaire. One lucky player who bought a Powerball Power Play ticket for the Wednesday night draw is holding a ticket worth $2,000,000.
The Nebraska Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold for Wednesday's $337 million Powerball draw matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number itself. The winning ticket was sold at Hy-Vee Gas #10, 3404 North 156th Street in Omaha. The winning numbers from the Wednesday, August 15 Powerball draw were 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and the Powerball was 21.
With a regular Powerball ticket, matching five white ball numbers results in a $1 million prize. Because the player who purchased the winning ticket added the $1 Power Play option to their purchase, their $1 million prize was increased to $2 million. This is the first $2 million dollar Power Play winning ticket sold in Nebraska since Powerball was upgraded on January 15.
"There was only one $2 million Power Play ticket sold across the country last night and it was sold here in Nebraska, so naturally there is a lot of excitement right now among our players," said Jim Haynes, Director of the Nebraska Lottery. "We are encouraging our Powerball players to check their tickets carefully for winners. You can check your tickets at any Nebraska Lottery retailer and at nelottery.com, or you can call the Nebraska Lottery offices at 402-471-6100."
Wednesday's winning ticket becomes the first $2 million dollar Powerball Power Play winner in Nebraska since Powerball changed its prize payout in mid-January. Previously, the amount won for matching only the first five numbers was $200,000, and adding Power Play allowed players the chance to multiply their prizes two, three, four, or five times. Last night's winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
In addition to the $2 million winning ticket, a $40,000 Powerball Power Play winning ticket was sold at Casey's General Store, 110 West Reichmuth Road in Valley. This ticket matched four of the five winning white ball numbers and the Powerball number.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $449 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery's beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.
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