Fairbury Man Wins $50,000 Playing Wheel of Fortune

Walter Gower

Walter Gower of Fairbury won $50,000 playing the Wheel of Fortune Scratch game from the Nebraska Lottery.

Gower purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store at 622 E St. in Fairbury.

When Gower claimed his prize at the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln offices, he said he’d been eating breakfast in the parking lot before heading to work when he scratched off the winning ticket.

“I was a little stunned,” Gower said. “I won on the first number I scratched off. Usually I have to scratch all the numbers off.”

Gower said he took the ticket to work that morning and left it in his glove box until he could make it to Lincoln to cash it in. He’s planning to invest his winnings.

As a $5 Scratch game, Wheel of Fortune offers players a chance to win prizes from $5 to $50,000. The chances of winning $50,000 are one in 120,000, while the odds of winning any prize are one in 3.47.

Published on 08/20/2019