- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Whoever bought a Powerball ticket in Kearney that’s worth $1 million has decided to remain anonymous, behind a legal cloak.

Nebraska Lottery spokesman Neil Watson told the Kearney Hub (https://bit.ly/KNfhko ) that with the help of a Kearney lawyer, the winner or winners have created a legal entity called Carpe Diem LLC. The saying “carpe diem” is Latin for “seize the day” and comes from a line written by a famed Roman poet, Horace.

The lawyer, Dan Bahensky, said the legal entity will make things easier for his clients.

“I think they intend to just continue life as is and feel fortunate that this happened to them,” attorney Dan Bahensky said of his clients.

About $700,000 will be electronically transferred in about two weeks. The remaining $300,000 is being withheld for federal and state taxes.

The ticket was bought Dec. 21 and matched five of the six numbers drawn that night. They were 25, 36, 40, 45, 51 and Powerball 8.

There’s been plenty of local speculation about who won a million bucks.

Employees at the Pump & Pantry convenience store that sold the ticket said a woman came into the store on Dec. 26 to verify the winning ticket. She told the cashiers she’d didn’t know until that night that she’d won $1 million on Dec. 21. The woman didn’t leave her name.

“As far as I know it’s a local Kearney person,” the store manager, Ron Lux, said the next day.

The store has been awarded a $10,000 retailer’s bonus from the Nebraska Lottery for selling the winning ticket.


Information from: Kearney Hub, https://www.kearneyhub.com/

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