Photos Available For Record Jackpot Story


At 3:09 p.m. on February 17, a Powerball ticket was sold at the U-STOP at 110 West O Street in Lincoln that would eventually make history.

The next night, that five-play quick pick ticket was found to have a combination of numbers matching the winning numbers drawn for the largest Lotto prize in U.S. history.

As word spread, members of the media began arriving at the store, and on Sunday, February 19, the owners, Mick and Wendi Mandl, became the first celebrities of the story. They are shown here with a welcome sign for the curious.(right)

Three days later, a group of eight coworkers at the ConAgra Foods plant in Lincoln claimed the record $365 million jackpot from the February 18 Powerball drawing.

The group elected to take the cash option on the jackpot, valued at $177.3 million. Their respective shares will be $22,162,500. After withholding of 25 percent federal and 5 percent state tax, they will share $124.11 million or $15.5 million, respectively.

The members of the group are: Quang Dao, 56
David Gehle, 53
Alain Maboussou, 26
Chasity Rutjens, 29
Robert Stewart, 30
Michael Terpstra, 47
Dung Tran, 34
Eric Zornes, 40

The group is represented by Lincoln attorney, James H. Hoppe, shown here at the podium. (left)

Before an assembled crowd of hundreds, and a worldwide live media audience, the group answered questions after receiving their big check from the Governor. (right) In addition to the Governor (pictured center), the Tax Commissioner (left end) and Lottery Director (right end) presented the ceremonial oversized check.

In the days before the group came forward, the story was the focus of intense local, statewide, national and even international media interest.

Satellite trucks and news crews staked out the Nebraska Lottery on Tuesday. (left)

News crews converged upon the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln for Wednesday's announcement. (right)

Published on 02/23/2006