Plattsmouth Couple Wins $94,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Michael and Sue Buscher

Michael and Sue Buscher of Plattsmouth won $94,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

The Buschers purchased their ticket at Baker’s #319 at 888 S Saddlecreek Rd. in Omaha. The ticket contained two plays for the September 15 drawing, one of which matched the winning numbers 04, 17, 18, 27 and 30.

On the evening of September 15, Michael was downstairs watching the news on TV and waiting for that night’s winning numbers to come on. He’d bought a couple of extra Powerball tickets because of the high jackpot. He paid close attention to the Powerball numbers, but kind of zoned out for the Pick 5 numbers, he said.

“I caught the first few and then the 30 at the end,” he said. “They sounded like our numbers so I ran over to the computer to check.”

Michael ran upstairs to tell his wife Sue—who had just fallen asleep—that they’d won.

“We didn’t really sleep too much after that,” she said.

The Buschers said they’re planning on helping out their kids and grandkids with some of their winnings and their grandkids, some of whom just started college. Michael’s also hoping to buy himself a pontoon boat.

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 09/16/2021