Powerball Winners Revealed in Nebraska
Life just got a bit more interesting for eight Nebraskans." With that, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman began the introductions today in Lincoln of the eight winners of the largest lottery prize ever awarded in the U.S.
The employees of a meat packing plant held the lucky ticket in Saturday`s 365-million-dollar Powerball drawing. They have opted to take a lump sum payout of 124-point-one-million-dollars that will be divided eight ways.
The divisions amount to 22-point-one million-dollars a piece.
The winning ticket was sold Friday afternoon at a U-Stop in Lincoln just after three o`clock in the afternoon.
One of the winners told reporters he has no idea at this time what he will do with his new-found fortune.
Winner Eric Zornes joked that he had been "retired for about four days now." Dung Tran, who is originally from Vietnam, is the member of the group who bought the winning ticket.
Speaking in broken English, Tran said he is "very happy" and plans to stay in the U.S.
He later spoke tearfully in Vietnamese about the win and paused to say in English, quote, "Thank you."
Powerball tickets are sold in 28 states, including Louisiana, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.