Columbus Woman Wins $94,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Catherine Cole

Catherine Cole of Columbus won $94,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Cole won her winning ticket as a prize from a previous Nebraska Pick 5 play. The free quick pick ticket was generated at Hy-Vee Gas, 3012 23rd Street in Columbus, where Cole always purchases her tickets. The ticket contained one play with the winning numbers 07, 17, 24, 25, and 28 from the February 19 drawing for the $94,000 jackpot.

While claiming her prize at Nebraska Lottery headquarters, Cole told Lottery officials that she plays Nebraska Pick 5 every day. She learned she had won after a friend who also plays Nebraska Pick 5 regularly told her there was a winner in Columbus. “My friend found out first and sent me a message saying, ‘It wasn’t me – was it you?’ So I checked the numbers, and it was me!” said Cole. She plans to take her grandchildren on a trip to Disney World using 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.

Published on 02/22/2019