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Five Lincoln friends claim $1 million lottery prize

November 28, 2018

A group of longtime friends who grew up together in Lincoln claimed a $1 million Nebraska Lottery prize Tuesday.

Calling themselves “The Five,” Douglas Murray, Felipe Osorio, Eric Cobb, Chris Hinkley and Yevgeniy Koval, bought a Powerball ticket at a U-Stop convenience store on Northwest 12th Street last week before the Nov. 21 drawing. Their winning ticket matched all five winning numbers (07, 14, 23, 38, 55) but failed to match the Powerball number, according to a Nebraska Lottery press release.

The friends began pooling their money to buy lottery tickets during the October jackpot run that pushed the Mega Millions prize to more than $1.5 billion and the Powerball to $688 million, and they have continued to buy. Most of them live out of state — one lives in Panama — but they happened to be together when they won.

“We all came for Thanksgiving this year,” Murray told Lottery officials. “Usually, we just come for Christmas. We found out we won on Black Friday morning.”

No one has claimed either of the big jackpot prizes since the October run ended. The Powerball jackpot now stands at $171 million, and the Mega Millions prize is at $172 million.

An Elkhorn woman also claimed a large prize. Linda Huggins bought a Nebraska Pick 5 ticket Friday with her husband, Jack, on their way to a party to watch Nebraska play Iowa.

The Huskers lost, but the Hugginses won $290,000.

Friday was also their wedding anniversary.

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