Bill Nguyen and his wife Tina, aged 30 moved to Pierre six years ago to open a Colourful Nails salon.
They had previously owned a nail business in Watertown. On the morning of 18th May, someone told Bill that they had heard the Powerball results and it said that the winning ticket had been bought in Pierre.
“My heart starting pumping,” Nguyen said, but he was so busy at work that he didn’t get a chance to look at his ticket let alone realise he was the Powerball winner. Then one of his clients told him that everyone in Pierre was saying that the winning ticket for the Powerball lottery had been purchased at the Kum & Go on West Sioux Avenue. “I couldn’t move my hands. I thought it might be me, but I couldn’t leave the shop.”
Bill dropped Alexander off at his swimming lesson and then went to Kum & Go to check the Powerball results. When he saw the winning Powerball numbers and realised they were his numbers, he fell into a state of shock. “Then I didn’t know what to do. I put the ticket in the car and locked the door.”