The pair reached the $50 million Powerball jackpot, being Nebraska's first winner on July 30, 1994:

After Powerball Drawing 28 Years Ago Today, Lottery Officials Computer Trace $50.1 Million Winning Ticket

Stan Tegler from Hastings, who said he was married to a sister of a prospective winner

Diane and Lyle Flaherty bought a winning ticket to see their son play in a baseball tournament in North Platte, Hastings told the Tribune.

The Hastings couple, both from Nebraska

In a press conference they told how he used to watch number 1, 2, 8, 21, 31 and Powerball number 18 on television on the night of 30 July.

Fleharty had chided his wife the previous day because she chose numbers 1 and 2 on each of the five $ 1 tickets they bought

They said it was their first time entering the Powerball lottery, which began in Nebraska only nine days before, on July 21.

After winning, Dianne Fleharty advised them to buy siding with home, and the family joked about other needs

The first of 20 annual payments to Flehartys - $ 1,680,261.85 after tax - will start two weeks after claiming the prize, said Director of Lottery Acting Jim Quinn.