Cozad Man Claims Fifth Truck$ & Buck$ Truck

Troy Bauer

Troy Bauer of Cozad is the fifth winner of a 2023 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 Crew Cab Flex Fuel truck in the 28th edition of the Nebraska Lottery’s $2 Truck$ & Buck$ Scratch game.

Bauer purchased his winning Truck$ & Buck$ ticket at Ampride at 2700 Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington. On Tuesday, Nebraska Lottery officials presented him with his new truck at Ampride.

After leaving Walmart, Bauer realized he’d forgotten something on his shopping list. It’s lucky he did, he said, otherwise he probably wouldn’t be driving home in a new pickup.

Bauer popped into Ampride to grab what he’d forgotten and was checking out when Truck$ & Buck$ caught his eye. He bought a few tickets and headed home to scratch them.

When he saw he’d won the truck, Bauer said he didn’t know if he was reading it right.

“It took me a couple hours to make sure,” he said. “You just think it’s too good to be true. It was pretty exciting.”

Anxious because it was a Saturday and he’d have to wait until Monday to confirm his ticket with the Nebraska Lottery offices, Bauer called his kids to tell them the good news.

They were excited and so was he that he’d be able to upgrade from his 2002 Chevy Suburban.

“That thing’s getting pretty tired,” he said, “so it’s beautiful timing.”

The 28th edition of the Nebraska Lottery’s popular $2 Truck$ & Buck$ Scratch game features the 2023 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCrew Flex Fuel truck as its top prize. Players have the opportunity to win one of eight Ford F-150 trucks as well as cash and Ethanol-enriched fuel prizes. The truck prize is valued at $81,000, which includes $1,160 for costs associated with ownership and state and federal withholding paid by the Nebraska Lottery of $4,050 and $19,400, respectively. The odds of winning the top prize in Truck$ & Buck$ are 1 in 336,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.69.

Published on 10/26/2023