POSTED BY: KLKN Newsroom
Lincoln, NE – September 24, 2012 –Nebraska has a new millionaire. One lucky player who bought a Powerball ticket for the Saturday, September 22 drawing is holding a ticket worth $1,000,000.
The Nebraska Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold for Saturday's $174 million Powerball draw matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number itself. The winning ticket was sold at Hy-Vee, 120 East Norfolk Avenue in Norfolk. The winning numbers from Saturday's Powerball draw were 2, 16, 18, 40, 42, and the Powerball was 33. This is the second automatic million dollar winning ticket in Nebraska since Powerball was upgraded on January 15, 2012.
"Someone in Nebraska is waking up a million dollars richer today because of the new Powerball game," 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."
Saturday's winning ticket becomes the second million dollar 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. The $1 million winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
With no jackpot winner Saturday night, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, September 26 is an estimated $200 million, or $128.5 million with the cash option selected. Winning Powerball numbers are announced every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. Central Time and posted at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com.
The Nebraska Lottery has offered Powerball since July 1994. Sales of Nebraska Powerball have helped raise a total of over $449 million for the Nebraska Lottery's beneficiary funds. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.