Battle Creek Man Wins $60,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

John Anderson

John Anderson of Battle Creek won $60,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Anderson bought his winning ticket at Tilly’s at 316 W Main Street in Battle Creek. The ticket contained a single quick pick play which matched the winning numbers 05, 28, 31, 33 and 38 from the March 4 drawing.

When Anderson came to claim his prize at the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln offices on March 13, he said he only realized he’d won after overhearing a conversation about a winner.

“I didn’t find out about this until Thursday,” he said. “I was at the c-store on Monday and heard the cashier saying there was a Pick 5 winner there.”

Anderson checked his numbers and discovered he’d won the $60,000 prize. Anderson said he buys one Pick 5 ticket a week and bought the winning ticket on his birthday.

He’s planning on saving some of the money and using some to pay off some bills to live debt free.

“It was hard to believe,” Anderson said. “It was a wild moment.”

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 03/13/2020