Howell purchased his winning Nebraska Pick 5 ticket at Fresh Start Convenience, 610 East 3rd Street in Alliance. The five-play quick pick ticket contained one play with all five of the winning numbers (4, 13, 16, 18, 35) from the February 13 drawing for the $74,000 jackpot.
Two hundred and ninety-nine Nebraska Lottery players have won the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot to date.
While claiming his prize on February 18, Howell told Nebraska Lottery officials that he purchased the winning ticket after cashing in a $9 Nebraska Pick 5 ticket the day before. He learned he had won after returning to Fresh Start Convenience to check his tickets. “I walked in, and the clerk said, ‘Are you the big winner?’” said Howell. “I didn’t know anything about it, and I couldn’t believe when they checked the ticket and said I’d won.” He plans to pay bills and buy a new truck using his winnings.
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 it is not won, are 1 in 501,942. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game, which has drawings six nights a week, are 1 in 8.