Nebraska woman wins $220,000 Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot with "mistake" lottery ticket

Jul 8, 2024, 2:23 pm (7 comments)

Nebraska Lottery

It pays to buy those extra tickets

By Kate Northrop

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska woman walked away with a $220,000 Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot using a "mistake" lottery ticket, and it's not the first time her steadfast decision won her a jackpot this way.

One Nebraska lottery winner is adamant about her stance on "mistake" tickets, and her consistency on the matter won her a $220,000 Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot.

Lori Sailors of Lincoln scooped up a $220,000 jackpot in the Nebraska Pick 5 game, the Nebraska Lottery's in-state progressive jackpot draw game, thanks to her resolute commitment to tickets printed by mistake.

Prior to the June 22 drawing, Sailors went to Casey's on North 48th Street in Lincoln, where she asked for some Pick 5 tickets. However, the clerk accidentally printed an extra ticket,

"I don't let the mistakes go," Sailors told the Lottery. "I don't just let them sit there."

That "mistake" ticket she bought contained three Quick Picks for the June 22 drawing. One of those lines ended up holding the five matching numbers in that night's draw, which were 4, 11, 22, 24, and 27.

This is the second time that Sailors won a Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot on a ticket printed in error. In June 2019, she won a $54,000 Pick 5 jackpot on a mistake ticket.

This time around, she and her husband Monte said they plan on using the second jackpot win to pay off their daughter's student loan and will put the rest in the bank.

Nebraska Pick 5 is a progressive jackpot game local to Nebraska and features a $50,000 starting jackpot that increases by $10,000 every time it is not won. The odds of winning the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot by matching all five numbers are 1 in 658,008.

The Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot currently stands at $200,000 for the next drawing on Mon., July 8. Pick 5 drawings take place every day at 8:40 pm CT.

All winning numbers, prizes, and odds are available on Lottery Post's Nebraska Lottery Results page right after each drawing.

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Mistake Tickets are a hit or miss just like any other ticket is so I purchase them if I can afford it or them, you just never know where luck is. I Love her shirt it matches her outlook.

lakerben's avatarlakerben



I call them Rescue tickets if they are just sitting there.  Most clerks in this fleabitten town know what that means, however last week one did not know what I was talking about.  They were sitting there and she started to ring up a ticket and said NO, those two tickets sitting there.  She finally caught on, scanned them to make sure they weren't old ones and bought them.   One day I'll get lucky in Kentucky and win on one of those!

Lotterologist's avatarLotterologist


Whatever works!


Congratulations, I totally appreciate and understand your "devotion" for mistakes. As a youth my first time playing the lottery, I asked for the pick 3 number 420, for a dollar straight and a dollar boxed. When I looked at the numbers he misunderstood me and printed the #424 for a dollar straight and box..... wanted #420 I gave him back the tickets to cancel and play them "correctly"....... those of you that knows how this gonna end, good for you. Naturally 424 crimes out, and for a nano second though I won, then that sinking feeling hit, you gave the winners back genius...., I was too embarrassed to go back to find out if the clerk kept them or canceled them, I really didn't want to know

LottoBux's avatarLottoBux

Quote: Originally posted by Onelast8 on Jul 8, 2024

Mistake Tickets are a hit or miss just like any other ticket is so I purchase them if I can afford it or them, you just never know where luck is. I Love her shirt it matches her outlook.

Yeah, I agree.

Same odds as any other quick pick.

You have the option to buy it, but what if you were filling in your numbers on a slip and you overheard the person at the cash that they turned down a mistake ticket.

Would you run up to the cash and tell the clerk to save it for you?

How obsessed would you be if another person got to buy that mistake ticket b4 you?

I'm pretty sure there are people out there that would freak out like...

Don't buy it


  This is one instance where the clerk who made the mistake deserves a healthy tip. They do not look like the type that tip generously or at all and made no mention of the clerk who was solely responsible for that  hit.

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