Omaha Man Wins $47,009 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Raymond and Bernie Aschoff

Raymond Aschoff of Omaha won $47,009 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Aschoff bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Food Store #10 at 3410 N 156th Street in Omaha. The ticket contained three plays, one of which matched the winning numbers 05, 08, 15, 18 and 24 from the February 27 drawing and another play that matched three numbers, winning an extra $9.

When Aschoff claimed his prize at the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln offices, he said he started playing Pick 5 about a month ago and used to play Lotto games quite often back in Atlanta where they recently moved from. He said he was surprised, but his wife Bernie was speechless.

“My wife sat in awe,” Aschoff said. “She said ‘you’re joking.’”

Aschoff said they’ll probably hold on to their winnings for a little bit and then maybe have some fun with it.

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.

The Pick 5 jackpot for February 27 was split between Aschoff and another player who purchased a winning ticket with the same numbers for the same drawing at the very same store nearly a week after he did. The other player, who wished to be unnamed, claimed their prize on February 28.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $750 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

Published on 03/04/2020