There were more than 6,000 Nebraska Lottery winners in the Thursday, January 3 drawings. Among these winners was Rafferty, who purchased his winning ticket at U-Stop, 3244 Cornhusker Highway in Linocln. The five-play quick pick ticket contained one play with the winning numbers (1, 10, 14, 20, 27) from the January 3 drawing for the $74,000 jackpot.
Two hundred and sixty-six Nebraska Lottery players have won the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot to date.
While claiming his prize on January 4, Rafferty told Nebraska Lottery officials that he was surprised to learn he had won the jackpot. “I checked the numbers, and I almost had a heart attack,” said Rafferty. He plans to pay bills and purchase a car 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.