Purdum Man Wins $140,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Michael Moody

Michael Moody of Purdum won $140,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Moody’s ticket was purchased at Harsh Mercantile at 100 Main Street in Purdum. Moody’s ticket was an exchange ticket containing five plays for the November 30 drawing, one of which included the winning combination 08, 24, 27, 29 and 33.

Moody said he typically plays two tickets with five sets of numbers on each, based on birthdays of family members. While watching the news on the evening of November 30 he saw a set of numbers that looked awfully familiar. He thought he’d matched four numbers and won $450.

It turns out he had matched four numbers on one of his tickets. On the other ticket he matched all five and won the $140,000 jackpot.

“I had an awful good day,” he said.

Moody said his wife has won lottery prizes before, including two $5,000 MyDaY top prizes, but this is his first time hitting it big.

Moody is planning to use some of his winnings to help the local Purdum fire department put up a new building.

“It’s a small town,” he said. “It will go to a good cause.”

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 01/14/2021