Fairfield Man Wins $204,000 Playing Nebraska Pick 5

Ronald and Eileen Nejezchleb

Ronald Nejezchleb of Fairfield won $204,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.

Nejezchleb purchased his ticket at Ken & Al’s Service at 308 North D St. in Fairfield. The ticket contained five quick pick plays for the July 12 drawing, one of which matched the winning numbers 12, 16, 22, 26 and 28.

Nejezchleb said he’s been playing Pick 5 for years, but doesn’t really have a preferred way to buy a ticket.

“Sometimes it’s quick pick, sometimes I pick my own,” he said. “Depends on how I’m feeling.”

Nejezchleb and his wife Eileen hurried into the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln offices the morning after they’d won. They were pretty excited but didn’t have too much time to think about the future.

“Not sure what we’re going to do with it,” Nejezchleb said. “I think we’ll put it away for now.”

“We’ll have to figure that out,” Eileen added.

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.

During the month of July, the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot will increase by $10,000 each time it is not won, up from $4,000, so the jackpot will grow faster than before. See nelottery.com for details.

Published on 07/14/2023