Dec. 18, 2013 – Amidst all the excitement over Tuesday’s $648 million Mega Millions jackpot, a Nebraska couple officially became multi-millionaires thanks to their recent Powerball jackpot win.
David and Eric Herrig claimed their half of a $122.9 million Powerball jackpot yesterday. Their ticket and another sold in Sterling, Mass. matched all six numbers drawn Dec. 11, making both tickets worth more than $61 million as annuity prizes.
Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman presented the Herrigs with their oversized check for $61.45 million.
“Christmas came early for the Herrig family,” Heineman said. “I am very happy for David and Erica, and I wish them all the best this holiday season.”
Both David and Erica said in a press conference that they quit their jobs after learning they’d won the Powerball jackpot, though it was not an easy decision. “I love my job,” Erica said, “but let me just enjoy the roller coaster.”
The couple made it clear during their press conference that they didn’t plan on letting their windfall change who they are.
David told reporters that he assured his friends “If you were friends with us on Tuesday, you’re friends with us today.” The couple says they’ve even asked friends and family to help keep them grounded in the future.
Helping with that endeavor is the “team” that the Herrigs have already assembled to help them handle their newfound wealth. They said that they’ve formed a plan to build “a legacy for generations to come, and that same team is going to protect us from ourselves.”
But, with Nebraska’s second-largest ever lottery prize in the bank for the holiday season, splurging on a gift for themselves is to be expected. The couple said they’d look into buying a new home, and David told reporters that a brand new Chevrolet Corvette would be arriving in their driveway soon.