Marty Massey of Omaha won a total of $154,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.
Massey purchased her winning ticket at Hy-Vee Food Store, North 132nd St. in Omaha. The two-play ticket contained one play with the winning numbers 12, 13, 14, 21 and 25 from the September 29 drawing for the $154,000 jackpot.
Massey told Lottery officials that she has been playing the same numbers since she started playing Pick 5 five years ago. The numbers represent the birthdays of each person in her immediate family. “I was just getting ready for bed and I looked up and saw the numbers,” she said. “I turned the computer on and off three times to make sure it was right.”
With her winnings, Massey plans to pay bills while the remainder will go into savings.
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 odd of winning $450 playing Nebraska Pick 5 are 1 in 3,042, while the overall odds of winning a prize in the game, which has drawings six nights a week, are 1 in 8.