July 30, 1994: Nebraska’s first $50M Powerball wins

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Lottery officials used their computer to track down the $50.1 million winning ticket at Kwik Stop No. 3 in North Platte, Nebraska, in the hours following the Powerball drawing 28 years ago today.

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While in North Platte to see their son play baseball, Dianne and Lyle Fleharty, according to Stan Tegler of Hastings who claims to be married to the probable winner’s sister, bought the winning ticket.

Four days after the July 30 drawing, the Hastings couple, both Nebraska natives, held a news conference by recounting how they watched on television as the numbers 1, 2, 8, 21, 31 and Powerball 18 were drawn. This was after Fleharty berated his wife for selecting the numbers 1 and 2 on each of their five $1 lottery tickets earlier that day. Their first Powerball entry came on July 21, only nine days after the game began in Nebraska.

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