There were more than 13,000 Nebraska Lottery winners in the Saturday, July 5, drawings. Among these winners was Jakubowski, who purchased his winning Nebraska Pick 5 ticket at Main Express, 232 North 3rd Street in Howells. The ticket contained five plays. One play had all five of the winning numbers (4, 5, 12, 15, 23) from the July 5 drawing for the $70,000 jackpot.
Three hundred and twelve Nebraska Lottery players have won the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot to date.
While claiming his prize on July 8, Jakubowski told Nebraska Lottery officials that he learned he had won after returning to the store and checking his tickets. “We were getting ready to go on vacation when I found out,” said Jakubowski. “My wife said, ‘That’s a nice way to start a vacation!’” He plans to pay for some home improvements 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.