Donald Wemhoff of Humphrey won $238,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.
Wemhoff purchased his winning ticket from Super Saver #18, at 3318 23rd St. in Columbus. The quick pick ticket contained one play with the winning numbers (01, 16, 23, 28, 31) from the July 5 drawing.
While claiming his prize on July 9, Wemhoff told Nebraska Lottery officials that the winning Lotto ticket was a free ticket he’d had won from a previous drawing.
Wemhoff said that he didn’t realize he’d won until he was reading the Norfolk Daily News and checked the winning numbers.
“I looked at my wife and said, ‘These look the same numbers as the ones on this ticket,” he said.
Wemhoff kept the ticket tucked in a safe until he could get to the Nebraska Lottery offices in Lincoln on Monday. He said he’ll use the money to make his retirement a little more enjoyable.
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 is not won, are 1 in 501,942 while the overall odds of winning a prize in the game, which has drawings seven nights a week, are 1 in 8. Through July, the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot grows by $10,000 every drawing it’s not won.