Ogallala Woman Wins $126,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Margaret Frerichs

Margaret Frerichs won $126,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Frerichs purchased her winning tickets from Kwik Stop #08 at 217 East First Street in Ogallala. The two tickets each contained a play with the winning numbers 03, 10, 15, 26 and 32 from the October 26 drawing.

There was only supposed to be one winning ticket, Frerichs said. The cashier was in training and printed a single draw ticket instead of a ticket for five consecutive draws by mistake, she said. Both tickets had an entry for the same numbers on the October 26 drawing, but Frerichs said she’d take both of them.

After the October 26 drawing, Frerichs brought her winning tickets into work to put another set of eyes on them, she said.

“I had to have my coworkers double check the numbers,” she said. “I was a shaking mess.”

Frerichs and her husband Kevin came into the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln offices to claim her prize on Friday, November 2, the day before her birthday. They’ll be spending the weekend in Lincoln with their son who’s a student in town.

Frerichs said shes hoping to pay off her mortgage with her 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 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 the month of November, the Pick 5 Jackpot increases $10,000 every time it’s not won.

Published on 11/02/2018