Omaha woman claims the $1 million Powerball prize
Like many Nebraskans, Wendy Donahue bought some Mega Millions tickets last week as the lottery jackpot surged toward $1 billion.
But when she stopped by the Bakerís Supermarket near 156th Street and West Dodge Road, she also picked up a ticket for the July 25 Powerball drawing, with a projected payout of $130 million.
That turned out to be a good move.
Donahueís ticket matched the five white numbers (25, 37, 38, 39, 65) but missed the Powerball (05) enough to win her a cool $1 million. That payoff beat odds of 1 in 11.7 million.
Donahue told lottery officials the biggest prize she had ever won was a cake at a cakewalk when she was 14, according to a Nebraska Lottery press release.
She and her husband, Kevin, decided to check their tickets after learning there was a $1 million winner at the Bakerís where they shop.