‘‘I can’t buy a super yacht. I can’t buy a Gulfstream,’’ he said. ‘‘Then again, I don’t think I'd use either one, so why would I buy one?’’
That said, some mega-winners still can’t resist the lure of big jackpots, at least not the two-buck chances. On Tuesday, former ConAgra worker Dung Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant, walked into the same Lincoln U-Stop where he purchased the winning ticket six years ago and bought 22 more from the very employee who sold him the first prize-winner, said cashier Janice Mitzner.
‘‘We joked about it,’’ she said. ‘‘I told him, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if you won again?'’’
Hayes is also hoping to strike rich again — she bought 10 tickets at a Dirt Cheap liquor store on her way home Tuesday while speaking with an Associated Press reporter. Unlike many big winners, she has kept a visible public profile instead of going underground, appearing on a 2007 reality TV show ("Million Dollar Christmas"), writing an online Life After the Lottery blog and self-publishing a short book, ‘‘How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life.’’
‘‘We have this drawing tomorrow, and if somebody wins, God bless them,’’ she said. ‘‘They’re going to need those blessings.’’
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Associated Press writers Grant Schulte in Lincoln, Neb., and Josh Funk in Omaha contributed to this report.