Zach Norenberg of Fremont is going to have a little news of his own to share when he attends his brother’s wedding this weekend.
Norenberg, 29, claimed a $1 million jackpot in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing after matching five of six numbers.
He beat odds of almost 1 in 11.7 million.
The Midland University graduate bought three tickets when he stopped at Hy-Vee for gas and an energy drink on the way to work, according to a Nebraska Lottery press release. He is a sales consultant at Sid Dillon Chevrolet.
Norenberg told lottery officials that he chose numbers based on the birthdays of family members. He learned that he had won after watching the evening news Wednesday.
He said he woke his wife, Shelby, to check the numbers and make sure that he hadn’t misread them. He hadn’t.
“I called and woke my parents,” he told lottery officials. “I said, ‘Dad, I just won $1 million.’ ”
The press release said the Norenbergs intend to use some of the money to pay off their mortgage and student loans.
They also said it would help in raising their 14-month-old daughter and another baby on the way.
They were headed to Des Moines for the wedding of Norenberg’s brother after claiming their prize at Nebraska Lottery headquarters in Lincoln.
They plan to continue playing the lottery.
“I already bought (a ticket) for the next drawing,” Norenberg said.
Because no one matched all six numbers Wednesday, the jackpot rolled over once again and is estimated at $414 million for Saturday’s drawing.
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