Nebraska Lottery January Update
NEBRASKA PICK 5 JACKPOT DOUBLER
Back by popular demand, the Nebraska Pick 5 Jackpot Doubler promotion begins on February 1, 2010.
The Jackpot Doubler promotion doubles the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot each time it is won during the month of February. If a player correctly picks all 5 out of 5 numbers for a draw during the promotion, the winner would receive double the amount of the advertised jackpot. For example, if the advertised jackpot is $90,000 and all five numbers for that draw are correctly chosen, the winner would be entitled to $180,000.
Though the "doubler" aspect of the promotion only applies to the jackpot amount, the promotion will continue to apply to all drawings throughout the month, regardless of how many times the jackpot is won.
If a Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot is never won during the month of February, then the first jackpot won after February will double. For example, if no jackpot is won in February, but a Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot is next won on March 5, 2010, that jackpot will be doubled.
NEBRASKA LOTTERY TO OFFER MEGA MILLIONS® GAME
Starting in March, Nebraska Lottery players will be able to play Mega Millions, a multi-state jackpot game currently offered by 12 lotteries across the United States.
The addition of the Mega Millions game in Nebraska was made possible by an October 2009 decision of the members of the Multi-state Lottery Association (MUSL), which operates the Powerball® game, and Mega Millions member lotteries to begin a cross-selling arrangement. A hearing was held in Lincoln on January 5 to receive public comment on the proposed regulations concerning Powerball and the addition of Mega Millions in Nebraska.
"There are many details yet to be decided, but we are excited to add Mega Millions to our product lineup," said Jim Haynes, Nebraska Lottery Director. "Our research shows that jackpot size is a factor when players purchase lotto tickets, and we feel our customers will appreciate having two more chances a week to win a jackpot prize by offering both Powerball and Mega Millions."
Mega Millions tickets are scheduled to go on sale at Nebraska Lottery retailers across the state by March 31. Each Mega Millions play costs $1. Players select five white ball numbers from 1 to 56, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. To win the jackpot prize, which starts at $12 million and grows each time it is not won, players must match all six winning numbers. Other prizes in the game range from $2 to $250,000. Players who choose to add the $1 Megaplier option have the chance to multiply their non-jackpot prizes as many as two, three, or four times. The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 175 million, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 40.
Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 9:59 p.m. (CT). Winning numbers will be available at the Nebraska Lottery web site, nelottery.com, and on the Nebraska Players Hotline at 1-800-224-LUCK (402-471-6139 in Lincoln).
HOLIDAY HOME THEATER GIVEAWAY
The Holiday Home Theater Giveaway promotion ended on January 15. Over 27,000 mailed and electronic entries were received in the contest.
A Grand Prize drawing was held on January 19 to select the following winners:
Paul Weidner of Grand Island - Home Theater Package from Schaefer's in Lincoln, including:
- 73" Mitsubishi HDTV
- TV Base
- Two Nebraska Chairs
- LG Blu-Ray Home Theater System
Kris Delehant of Kearney - $2,000
Bill Chrisman of Kearney - $1,000
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