Lincoln, NE – March 19, 2018 – Phyllis Holbrook of Lexington won $80,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.
Holbrook purchased her winning ticket from Casey’s General Store #2068, 609 Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington. The quick pick ticket contained one play with the winning numbers (09, 10, 15, 21, 31) from the March 7 drawing.
While claiming her prize on March 16, Holbrook told Nebraska Lottery officials that she purchased her winning Nebraska Pick 5 ticket after cashing in a previously purchased ticket. “I won a free ticket, and when I turned it in I decided to buy another ticket with my own money. That was the one that won,” said Holbrook.
When asked how she learned she had won the $80,000 prize, Holbrook said she checked the winning numbers on the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com, after the drawing. “I had the first three numbers, and I thought, ‘Oh my God,’” said Holbrook. “Then I saw the last two numbers and I yelled at my husband to come over and check the ticket. I didn’t believe it.”
Holbrook plans to use the money for a new driveway at her home.
Nebraska Pick 5 is Nebraska’s unique Lottery game: all the proceeds from Nebraska Pick 5 stay in Nebraska, and all the winning tickets are sold in Nebraska at Nebraska Lottery Lotto game retailers. The odds of winning the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot, which starts at $50,000 and grows by $4,000 each drawing that is not won, are 1 in 501,942 while the overall odds of winning a prize in the game, which has drawings seven nights a week, are 1 in 8.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $670 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.