Alliance Woman Wins $262,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Stephanie Schwaderer

Stephanie Schwaderer of Alliance won $262,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Schwaderer purchased her ticket at J & J’s Pit Stop at 1308 W 3rd Street in Alliance. The ticket had one play for the March 4 drawing, matching the winning numbers 12, 21, 22, 24 and 27.

When she saw what appeared to be her winning numbers drawn, Schwaderer said she didn’t believe it.

“I initially thought it was some sick cosmic joke,” she said. “I scanned it with the app on my phone and started yelling, ‘We just won the lottery.’”

She and her husband John drove back into town to scan the ticket at a convenience store to make sure they were seeing it right. They got confirmation and Schwaderer tucked the ticket into her wallet, wrapped in a $2 bill.

Schwaderer said they’ll be using their winnings to pay off their farm and to build a bakery where she’ll make breads, cinnamon rolls, muffins and more.

After the realization set in that she’d won, Schwaderer said it was an amazing feeling.

“I kind of freaked out,” she said. “I vibrated for like 36 hours.”

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 03/24/2021