KIMBALL, Neb. — A lucky Kimball man, Loran Kramer, once won $100,000 playing the lottery.
This week he beat that by winning $1 million in the Mega Millions game. He checked his winning ticket Thursday and is in the process of claiming his prize.
The 69-year-old is the fourth Nebraskan to claim a $1 million jackpot since 2010.
“It's a very good feeling. It really hasn't sunk in yet, but it's a nice late Father's Day present,” he said.
As he does every week, Kramer stopped by Vince's Corner gas station Sunday to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket.
The winning lottery numbers were drawn Tuesday night. Kramer's numbers matched the first five of the six balls, which normally would win $250,000. But Kramer played using the one-dollar Megaplier option, which gives players the chance to multiply their winnings by two, three or four times.
Kramer and his wife, Peggy, will split the winnings with their son, Kevin, who lives in Salt Lake City.
No fancy vacations are in the works at this point. For now, Kramer said his half will be set aside and saved for a rainy day. In the meantime, he added that he plans to keep on playing the lottery, his favorite game.
“We're not that young anymore,” he said. “We're going to put it away, so we'll have it when we need it, but it'll make living a little easier.”