Richard Lutz of Omaha won $106,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5.
Lutz purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 18174 Emiline Street in Omaha. The ticket had one play with the winning numbers 5, 9, 12, 19 and 20 from the January 21 drawing for the $106,000 jackpot.
When Lutz claimed his prize January 23 he told lottery officials that he was anxious as he saw the results of the drawing. “My heart just stopped,” he said. “You just can’t believe it. It’s still hard to believe.”
Lutz is unsure what he will do with his winnings, but intends to spend a portion on his five grandchildren whose birthdays were the inspiration for the winning numbers in this drawing.
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 odds 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 seven nights a week, are 1 in 8.