Omaha Man Wins $176,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Ed and Lisa Cox

Ed Cox of Omaha won $176,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Cox purchased his ticket at Petromart II at 454 S 19th Street in Blair. The ticket contained two plays for the January 10 drawing, one of which, a quick pick, matched the winning numbers 12, 18, 20, 25 and 28.

This isn’t Cox’s first time winning at Nebraska Pick 5. About 24 years ago he won a $30,000 Pick 5 jackpot right around the time his daughter was born.

“It seems like they both hit at a good time for us,” Ed’s wife Lisa Cox said. “We can really use this.”

Cox’s technique hasn’t really changed in a couple decades. He said he always plays one set of numbers that he picks and then another quick pick set.

They’re not sure what they’re going to do with the money yet, but one thing’s for sure, he said, it’s going to help a lot.

“A hit like this is huge,” he said. “It’s a game changer.”

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, during the month of January, grows by $10,000 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 01/12/2022