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Nebraska gets its first $1 million Mega Millions, winner from the Columbus

Nebraska Mega Millions Tuesday, December 17 drawing, won by Allen & JoAnn Cooke of Columbus recently. JoAnn Cooke purchased a Mega Millions ticket at Corner Stop, 220 23rd Street in Columbus. The three-play quick pick ticket contained one play with all five winning white ball numbers (8, 14, 17, 20, 39) from the December 17 drawing for a corresponding prize of $1 million.

Mega Million Numbers – Friday, December 17, 2013
	8	 	14	 	17	 	20	 	39	 7

Since the game was modified on October 22, 2013 this is the first $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Nebraska. Previously, the prize for matching five white ball numbers was $250,000. On December 26, while claiming their prize the Cookes told Nebraska Lottery officials that they were “elated” to win the million-dollar prize. After their son told them a million-dollar ticket had been sold at Corner Stop they first thought they might have the winning ticket. A few days later, JoAnn saw the winning numbers on television and decided to check the ticket.

“I checked the numbers, and I told Allen, ‘We won a million dollars,’” said JoAnn. “He didn’t believe me.” The couple has no immediate plans for their prize.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 14.7.

Mega Millions Winners from Texas

Draw Date Jackpot Prize Winner
12/17/2013 $1 million Allen & JoAnn Cooke
7/16/2013 $20 million Unclaimed
5/27/2011 $35 Million MAIM Revocable Trust
1/29/2010 $144 Million William R Kiefer
1/1/2008 $33 million John Jones
8/31/2007 $330 million SB Alchemy Holdings, Ltd
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