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Merry Christmas, Somebody: $138,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Weston

Merry Christmas, Somebody: $138,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Weston

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Somebody in Nebraska is getting a $138,000 Christmas present, and it’s not coming from St. Nick.

That somebody purchased a winning ticket worth $138,000 for Wednesday’s Nebraska Pick 5 lottery game at a BP filling station and convenience store on Highway 92 in Weston, Nebraska.

The ticket matched all five numbers in the daily drawing: 8, 13, 20, 21, 27. It is the second winning Nebraska Pick 5 ticket sold this year in the town of 330 people just west of Wahoo. Margaret Furasek of Weston won $94,000 in the July 21 drawing.

William White of Omaha has already snagged his fat Christmas bonus. He bought a Powerball ticket for the Dec. 12 drawing and discovered he had matched four of five white numbers plus the red Powerball when he checked the Nebraska Lottery website.

“I had to check it nine times,” White told Lottery officials when he claimed his $100,000 jackpot last week. “I didn’t believe it.”

Stephen Bardot and Lauren Hamilton of Omaha got their own holiday surprise when they won $100,000 playing the Nebraska Lottery’s “Multiplier Mania” scratch-off game.

They told lottery officials they plan to pay of bills and make a down payment on a new house.

The jackpots have been growing since September in the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $352 million for the Christmas Day drawing, and the Dec. 26 Mega Millions bounty has reached $341 million. No one has won the top Mega Millions prize since Sept. 15, and the top Powerball prize since Sept. 16.

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