After Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, a $1 million ticket was purchased at the Super C, just up the street from Channel 8.
The lucky winner matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball. As of Thursday afternoon, the face behind the ticket still isn't known.
"We just wonder who it is you know, that won it and hope that it went to like a regular customer and to somebody who needed it," Super C Clerk Sheila Sutton said.
This is the 5th million dollar ticket won in Nebraska since Powerball changed its prize layout last January. Powerball officials made the change to create larger jackpots and more chances to win significant lower tier prizes.
"With a $550 million jackpot for Saturday night and five million dollar winners since January, it's obviously working," Neil Watson of the Nebraska Lottery said.
Since there was no big winner Wednesday night, the jackpot has grown to staggering $550 million, the second largest jackpot in Powerball history.
Another big winning ticket, a $98,000 one, was sold at the same Super C in February. Employees say the store has been busy with people buying tickets, hoping they'll get a piece of the luck.
"This is the lucky store and that they're trying to win, you know the jackpot and by coming here maybe I don't know, it will help," Sutton said. "It's all luck."
The next Powerball drawing is Saturday night. That jackpot is at $550 million dollars, or $350 million if you take the cash option.
You can buy your tickets through Saturday until 9 p.m.
Lincoln, NE – May 16, 2013 – Nebraska has a new millionaire. One lucky player who bought a Powerball ticket for the Wednesday, May 15 drawing is holding a ticket worth $1,000,000.
The Nebraska Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold for Wednesday's $360 million Powerball draw matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number itself. The winning ticket was sold at Super C, 3202 South Tenth Street in Lincoln. The winning numbers from Wednesday's Powerball draw were 2, 11, 26, 34, 41, and the Powerball was 32. This is the fifth 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."
Wednesday's winning ticket becomes the fifth million-dollar winner in Nebraska since Powerball changed its prize payout. Previously, the amount won for matching only the first five numbers was $200,000. The winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
With no jackpot winner Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night's draw is an estimated $475 million, or $302.4 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 mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $478 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.