Nebraska Lottery Press Kit
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About the Nebraska Lottery

In November of 1992, 63 percent of Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the creation of a state lottery. The Nebraska Lottery began Scratch ticket sales in September 1993, followed by Lotto game sales in July 1994. When the Nebraska Lottery began, it was the 37th lottery in the United States.

The Nebraska Lottery sells $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $15, and $20 Scratch tickets, with prizes ranging from a free $1 ticket up to $200,000. A variety of Scratch games are developed and offered during the course of a year.

The Nebraska Lottery sells Lotto (online) games such as Powerball®, Mega Millions®, 2by2®, MyDaY®, Nebraska Pick 3®, and Nebraska Pick 5®. MyDaY, Nebraska Pick 5, and Nebraska Pick 3 are offered exclusively in Nebraska. Powerball and 2by2 are operated on behalf of member lotteries by the Multi-State Lottery Association; and Mega Millions is operated by the member lotteries. Lotto drawings are held six nights a week, with the exception of Powerball and Mega Millions drawings, which are held twice a week, and 2by2 drawings, which are held every night. The price for a single play of most games is $1, except for Powerball, which is $2 per play. Lotto prizes range from a free ticket up to a multi-million-dollar jackpot.

There are 22 Nebraska Lottery state employees providing accounting, marketing, communication, systems, and general administrative services.

General Lottery History       

  • Lotteries date back to colonial America:
    • Benjamin Franklin organized a lottery to raise money to purchase cannon for the defense of Philadelphia in the 1740s.
    • George Washington's Mountain Road Lottery was established to build a road through the Alleghany Mountains in Virginia in 1768.
  • Contemporary lotteries began in 1964 with the introduction of the New Hampshire Lottery.
  • Today, there are 44 U.S. lotteries and 5 Canadian lotteries.
  • The North American lottery industry generated more than $70 billion in gross sales in Fiscal Year 2010. Additionally, more than $21 billion in proceeds was returned to lottery beneficiary programs, and more than $4 billion was paid to lottery retailers. Source: NASPL

Lottery Industry Organizations

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Nebraska Lottery Games

Players must be 19 years or older to purchase any Nebraska Lottery Scratch or Lotto game.

Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, so players are encouraged to sign their winning tickets to establish ownership.

The Nebraska Lottery encourages all players to play responsibly. Help for compulsive gambling is available through the Problem Gambling Help Line: 800-522-4700. This number is printed on the back of every Nebraska Lottery ticket.

Scratch Games

 Nebraska Lottery Scratch games are sold at approximately 1,200 Nebraska Lottery retailers across Nebraska. Ticket prices vary from $1 to $20, and offer cash and merchandise prizes. Scratch games are closed when the last top prize in the game is claimed. Players have 180 days after the closing date to redeem prizes from a closed game. Click here for more information on current Scratch games.

Lotto Games

The Nebraska Lottery offers six Lotto games. Lotto tickets can be purchased from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Central Time) any day of the week except from 9:00 p.m. to 9:03 p.m. on drawing nights. On drawing nights, tickets purchased before 9:00 p.m. will be for that night's draw; tickets purchased after 9:03 p.m. will be for the next drawing. Each Lotto play costs $1, except for Powerball plays, which cost $2. Players can purchase up to 12 weeks of drawings using the Multi-draw option. Prizes from Lotto games must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing date.

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Nebraska Powerball®

Powerball is a multi-state game offered in 42 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball prizes range from $4 to a multi-million-dollar jackpot. Each play costs $2. Click here for more information on Powerball.

Drawings: Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. Central Time

Jackpot: The Powerball jackpot starts at $40 million and continues to grow by at least $10 million each drawing until it is won. Jackpot winners can choose how to collect their Powerball jackpot--30 annual payments (over 29 years) or one cash payment (present value*)--up to 60 days after they become entitled to the prize. The annuity option gives players annual payments that increase each year--projected at 4 percent.

* if you choose cash, the present cash value is less than the advertised jackpot, which is based on a 30-year annuity.

Power Play®: Players who choose to add the $1 Power Play option have the chance to play for enhanced prizes. A separate drawing is performed to select the Power Play number (2, 3, 4 or 5) for all prizes except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize. The Match 5 prize is $2 million if the Power Play option is purchased.

Odds: The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 31.85.

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Mega Millions® with Megaplier®

Mega Millions with Megaplier is a multi-state game offered by 42 lotteries in the United States. Mega Millions prizes range from $1 to a multi-million-dollar jackpot. Click here for more information on Mega Millions with Megaplier.

Drawings: Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time

Jackpot: The Mega Millions® jackpot starts at $15 million and continues to grow each drawing until it is won. Jackpot winners can choose how to collect their Mega Millions jackpot--30 annual payments (over 29 years) or one cash payment (present value*)--up to 60 days after you become entitled to the prize. The annuity option gives players annual payments that increase each year--projected at 5 percent.

* if you choose cash, the present cash value is less than the advertised jackpot, which is based on a 30-year annuity.

Megaplier: Players who choose to add the $1 Megaplier option have the chance to multiply prizes between $1 and $1,000,000 as many as two, three, four, or five times. The Megaplier number is chosen from a field of 15 numbers according to the following frequency: six (6) number 5s, three (3) number 4s, four (4) number 3s, and two (2) number 2s.

Odds: The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 14.7.

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Nebraska Pick 5®

Nebraska Pick 5 is exciting, because it's unique to Nebraska. It's our game. All the proceeds from the game stay here, and all the winning tickets are sold in Nebraska, at Nebraska Lottery Lotto game retailers. Nebraska Pick 5 prizes range from a free $1 quick pick play to a rolling jackpot. Click here for more information on Nebraska Pick 5.

Drawings: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time

Jackpot: The jackpot begins at $50,000 and grows each time it is not won. The jackpot prize will be divided equally among multiple winners, and is paid in one cash installment.

Odds: The odds of winning the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot are 1 in 501,942, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 8.

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Nebraska Pick 3®

Nebraska Pick 3 offers lots of ways to play, and lots of ways to win. Nebraska Pick 3 gives players the chance to not only select the numbers they wish to play, but also the opportunity to decide what type of play style and potential prizes to play for. Prizes range from $1 to $600. Click here for more information on Nebraska Pick 3.

Drawings: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time

Top Prize: $600

Odds: Odds for Nebraska Pick 3 vary with the bet type selected. The odds of winning the $600 top prize with the Straight bet type are 1 in 1,000, and the odds of winning $1 with the Combo bet type are 1 in 4.

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MyDaY®

MyDaY is a Nebraska Lottery Lotto game with a calendar theme. Players can win up to $5,000 by choosing a six-digit date for each $1 MyDaY play. Click here for more information on MyDaY.

Drawings: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time

Top Prize: $5,000

Odds: The odds of winning the $5,000 top prize in MyDaY are 1 in 36,525, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 8.17.

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2by2®

2by2 is a multi-state game offered in Kansas, Nebraska, and North Dakota. 2by2 prizes range from a free $1 quick pick play to a top prize of $22,000. Click here for more information on 2by2.

Drawings: Monday through Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time

Top Prize: $22,000

2by2 Tuesday: If a player purchases a ticket for 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77, or 84 consecutive Multi-draws, the ticket qualifies for the free 2by2 Tuesday feature in which all prizes won on Tuesday automatically double in value. Any Multi-draw selection that is not divisible by 7 is not eligible for the 2by2 Tuesday feature.

Odds: The odds of winning the 2by2 top prize are 1 in 105,625, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1in 3.59.

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Beneficiaries

Proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and compulsive gamblers assistance.

Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5%) - currently divided between the Education Innovation Fund and Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5%); Nebraska State Fair (10%); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1%, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The funds' respective totals to date are:

Education Innovation Fund, $160,158,683;
Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund,
$83,304,769;
Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund,
$225,002,455;
Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund,
$31,020,384; and
Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund,
$12,731,791.

Prior to July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received proceeds totaling $18,460,996. In 2004, the Legislature directed that a one-time transfer of $5 million be made to the State General Fund.

LB 956, passed by the Nebraska Legislature, renamed the Nebraska Scholarship Fund to the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund as of July 1, 2010.

Click here for a listing of beneficiary transfers since 1993.

Click here for beneficiary fund contact information.


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Sales by Fiscal Year

FY  Sales Beneficiary Transfers
1993-1994 $52  M $ 11.9 M
1994-1995 $79  M $ 19.7 M
1995-1996 $81  M $ 20.6 M
1996-1997 $76  M $ 23.2 M     
1997-1998 $73  M $ 18.4 M
1998-1999 $72  M $ 18.0 M
1999-2000 $68  M $ 17.0 M
2000-2001 $66  M $ 16.6 M
2001-2002 $74  M $ 18.4 M
2002-2003 $81  M $ 20.2 M
2003-2004 $92  M $ 20.5 M
2004-2005 $100M $ 26.3 M
2005-2006 $113M $ 27.6 M
2006-2007 $114M $ 29.2 M
2007-2008 $122M $ 31.0 M
2008-2009 $123M $ 30.2 M
2009-2010 $130M $ 32.0 M
2010-2011 $132M $ 32.0 M
2011-2012 $151M $ 36.0 M
2012-2013 $161M $ 40.0 M

 

The links in the above table refer to the PDF copy of the Nebraska Lottery Annual Report for that fiscal year.

Current Fiscal Year Sales (unaudited)

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Retailers

The Nebraska Lottery sells Scratch and Lotto tickets through a retailer network of approximately 1,200 locations statewide. Nebraska Lottery retailers range from convenience stores to supermarkets and from service stations to cafés. Nebraska Lottery tickets may not be sold in establishments licensed for the consumption of alcohol. Players must be at least 19 years old in order to purchase and redeem Nebraska Lottery tickets.

Previous research among retailers found that carrying Lottery tickets is viewed as a customer service by 62 percent of retailers responding. Another 36 percent of retailers said they believe Lottery tickets are both a customer service and a profit center for their stores. The statewide sales leaders for the 2011-2012 fiscal year are listed here:

Baker's Seller's Bonus Presentation

Nebraska Lottery retailers receive a High Prize Seller's Bonus for selling winning high-tier Scratch and Lotto tickets. This bonus is 1% of the prize won, with a cap of $50,000. In April 2013, four Baker's stores in the Omaha metro area sold high-tier winning Lotto tickets, resulting in a bonus of $11,500.

Scratch, Top 20

  1. Corner Stop, Columbus
  2. Coffin's Corner, Grand Island
  3. Gas N Snaks, Seward
  4. Uncle Neal’s, Lexington
  5. Pump & Pantry #16, York
  6. Skagway - 5 Points, Grand Island
  7. Bucky's Express #13, Omaha
  8. Stop Inn Liquor & Foods, David City
  9. Jackpot Convenience, Lincoln
  10. Time Saver #3, North Platte
  11. Foote Convenience Plaza, Kearney
  12. Ampride, Grand Island
  13. Pump & Pantry #40, Kearney
  14. Sinclair Super Shop, Scottsbluff
  15. Hy-Vee #1 Gas, Wine & Spirits, Norfolk
  16. Kwik Stop #05, North Platte
  17. Loaf 'N Jug #333, Gering
  18. Snac Shac, Grand Island
  19. Russ's Market #21, Lincoln
  20. Git 'N Split #77, Alliance

Lotto, Top 20

  1. Hy-Vee Food Store #1465, Omaha
  2. Hy-Vee Food Store #1467, Omaha
  3. Baker's #300, Bellevue
  4. Baker's #311, Omaha
  5. No Frills Supermarket #3, Omaha
  6. Corner Stop, Columbus
  7. No Frills Supermarket #19, Omaha
  8. Super Store, Bellevue
  9. Hy-Vee Food Store #1469, Omaha
  10. Hy-Vee Food Store #1470, Omaha
  11. Quik Trip #586, Bellevue
  12. Baker's #302, Omaha
  13. No Frills Supermarket #17, Papillion
  14. Quik Trip #587, Omaha
  15. Baker's #318, Bellevue
  16. Quik Trip #585, Omaha
  17. Kwik Shop #653, Omaha
  18. Hy-Vee Food Store #1535, Omaha
  19. Quik Trip #580, Omaha
  20. No Frills Supermarket #18, Omaha

Listing of Nebraska Lottery Retailers as of June 20, 2014 (CSV file)


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Published on 03/10/2011