Omaha Man Wins $50,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Darrell Crews

Darrell Crews of Omaha won $50,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Crews purchased his ticket at Hy-Vee Food Store #01 at 5150 Center Street in Omaha. The ticket contained one winning quick pick play for the March 27 drawing, and matched the winning numbers 07, 13, 26, 32 and 36.

Crews said he plays Pick 5 daily—three plays of his own picks and two quick pick plays—and checks the numbers every night around 9:30 after the daily drawing.

When he saw he’d matched all five numbers, Crews said he had to make sure he was seeing it right. He’s come close before, matching four out of five numbers he said, but nothing like this.

“After I won I hid the ticket in a secret spot,” he said. “I made sure it didn’t go missing.”

Crews said this win will help get him out of debt. He’s currently working two full time jobs and he said he’s hoping he’ll be able to quit one of them.

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 03/30/2021