Today in Powerball history: Nebraska couple hit $50 jackpot, becoming first winners from the state


28 years ago today, lottery officials used their computers to trace a $50.1 million winning ticket to Kwik Stop No. 3 in North Platte, Nebraska. That was few hours after the powerball drawing.

A relative close to the couple told Hastings Tribune that Dianne and Lyle Fleharty bought the powerball winning ticket while in North Platte to watch their son play for his team in a baseball tournament. The couple are both natives of Nebraska.

Four days after winning the powerball jackpot, the couple addressed a press conference. The press conference was held at the office of the Nebraska  Lottery. At the press conference, the couple recounted how they watched the draws on television. The numbers were; 1, 2, 8, 21, and 31. The Powerball number, however, was 18.

Fleharty had chided his wife earlier in the day for picking the numbers 1 and 2 on each of the five $1 tickets they bought. They said it was the first time they had entered the Powerball lottery, which began in Nebraska just nine days earlier, on July 21.

In the days leading up to the press conference, the Flehartys had their mobile phone numbers changed. This was done so that they could not be reached for comments.

However, after the win, Dianne Fleharty suggested they buy siding for the house, and the family joked about other needs such as a garage, a sprinkler system, and a new driveway.

Days after the powerball drawings, the lucky couple hired a tax and estate lawyer, Steven Seline, to guide them in tax and estate-related issues or transactions.

Steven Seline, the Flehartys newly hired tax and estate lawyer, said he was contacted by the Flehartys at the Omaha offices of the Kutak Rock law firm.

“Not only are the Flehartys lucky, but the lottery is also lucky to have them win it. They are really nice, happy people,” Seline said in a presser with media personnel.

Source: NBA Republic

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