Elkhorn Woman Wins $290,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Linda and Jack Huggins

Linda Huggins won $290,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Huggins purchased her winning tickets from Kum & Go #361 at 1010 S 189th Street in Elkhorn. The ticket contained two plays, one with the winning numbers 03, 12, 16, 22 and 26 from the November 23 drawing.

Huggins said that she and her husband Jack purchased their tickets on their way to a party to watch the final Huskers game of the season. November 23 is also the Huggins’ anniversary, which made it all the more unbelievable, Huggins said.

“We didn’t believe it,” she said. “We checked the numbers online at least 20 times and still couldn’t believe it. He didn’t believe it until they brought the check in.”

The Huggins’ are both retired and the money will be something of a cushion that will make things a bit more comfortable, she said, but they’re still planning on making good use of the money. They donate to the Salvation Army, the Humane Society and to their library, but now they’ll be able to donate a bit more, Huggins said.

They have children who live on both coasts who they typically only see once a year and this win will make it easier to see them more often. Huggins said they’re planning on giving some to their kids who she said have been a real help to her and her husband.

“This is pretty darn nice,” she said.

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 11/26/2018