Nebraska couple wins truck in the lottery after joking about it
Why don't you win us a truck?
By Kate Northrop
An off-hand joke suddenly became cemented in reality when a Nebraska couple won a truck as a top prize from a scratch-off game.
Todd Spark of Papillion heard a commercial on the radio about the Nebraska Lottery's Truck$ Buck$ scratch-off game earlier this month. The game's top prize a 2021 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCrew Flex Fuel truck piqued his interest.
Why don't you win us a truck, he joked to his wife, Robyn.
The couple purchase ...
Mar 30, 2021, 10:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska woman wins Pick 5 lottery jackpot twice in six months
As if winning one jackpot wasn't cool enough
By Kate Northrop
One Nebraska woman is incredibly lucky after winning her second Pick 5 jackpot in less than 6 months, this time worth $138,000 even bigger than the last.
Margaret Furasek, 88, of Weston hit it big on July 21, 2020 when she won a $94,000 jackpot while playing the Nebraska Lottery's Pick 5 game with her numbers 2, 3, 12, 14, and 28. Winning clearly didn't stop her from having another go at the game. On Dec. 23, 2020, she won ye ...
Jan 6, 2021, 8:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska man wins second scratch-off lottery jackpot this year
Lightning strikes twice for one lucky player
By Kate Northrop
Will third time be the charm? A Nebraska lottery winner might consider buying one more lottery ticket after winning a second jackpot this year.
The Nebraska Lottery saw Michael Christiansen back in March when he won and claimed a $50,000 top prize from the $5 Money Clip scratch-off game. Last Thursday, he paid them another visit to claim his second top prize, this one worth $100,000.
Christiansen had actually bought the tw ...
Oct 23, 2020, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Nebraska Lottery warns players about misprinted Lucky for Life tickets
Lucky for Life players are encouraged to check lottery tickets printed on or before Thursday after about 125 multi-draw tickets were misprinted with incorrect end-of-game dates, Nebraska Lottery officials said in a release Friday.
Multi-draw tickets allow players to purchase up to 12 weeks of drawings in advance, and those tickets contain the start and end dates of drawings, the release said.
An incorrect end date can cause players to mistakenly believe their ticket has lost.
The start ...
Jun 6, 2020, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
Nebraska woman carried $200K winning lottery ticket in purse for 2 weeks before claiming
A Nebraska woman carried around the scratch-off lottery ticket for quite a while before she realized she had a $200,000 winner.
Earlier this month, Pamela Beauchamp bought a $20 Ultimate Bonus Crossword scratch ticket from the Nebraska Lottery at a Kwik Stop in North Platte about an hour's drive from her home in Lemoyne, a village on Lake McConaughy.
After Beauchamp scratched off the ticket, she thought she'd won something like, maybe, $5,000.
I kept it in a bag I carried around, Beauc ...
May 25, 2020, 2:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska weighing anonymity for lottery winners
Winners of the Nebraska Lottery both big and small must step into the limelight to accept their prize under state law, a public reveal that can turn a stroke of luck into a potential curse.
Notice of a winner can bring family, friends and newfound fourth cousins out of the woodwork to ask for a slice of the prize money, said Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth.
Often, the publicity and unwanted fame can become too much for the jackpot winners, Brandt said, no matter how much money comes into their ...
Jan 28, 2020, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Nebraska bill requiring disclosure of lottery odds advances
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill requiring the state lottery to prominently disclose the odds of winning the biggest available prize in its game advertisements.
The measure won first-round approval Monday on a 38-0 vote.
The bill by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, of Lincoln, is designed to help players understand the astronomical odds of getting a big payoff and discourage people from playing when they can't afford it.
The chances of winning would have to be displayed in a clear and c ...
Apr 9, 2019, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery is building a better Nebraska
Nebraska Lottery celebrates 25 years
It's been 25 years since Nebraskans began putting a dollar on a dream by purchasing state lottery tickets. A lot has changed since then.
In 1993, there was one Scratch game. Now there are more than 30.
Then, each ticket cost $1. Now Scratch tickets are $1, $2, $3, $5 $10 or $20.
The top prize in 1993 was $5,000. Now the top prizes for Scratch games range up to $200,000.
Neither Mega Millions nor Powerball existed in Nebraska. Now the multi-stat ...
Dec 17, 2018, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Nebraska woman told her winning lottery ticket is a dud
Connie Johnson got one of the very first scratch-off cards for the Nebraska Lottery's new Christmas game, Holiday Bonus Bucks.
In fact, the lady at Russ's Market, where Johnson goes to get prescriptions filled, hadn't even opened the packets for the new lottery game.
Have you got anything new? Johnson asked. The woman opened the new game tickets.
Johnson bought four of them, drove home, did a little house work, then sat down and scratched one.
It said I won $1,000!
Johnson was ...
Nov 26, 2018, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
Nebraska Lottery adding Sunday drawings
Starting Nov. 6, 2016, the Nebraska Lottery's in-state lotto games will have drawings Monday through Sunday, seven days a week. Currently the only game in Nebraska to offer Sunday drawings is the multi-state 2by2 game.
Nebraska's in-state lotto games consist of Pick 3, Pick 5, and MyDaY.
Nebraska Lottery has considered the expansion for years, with the move in its business plan since 2008, Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said. Nebraska's is one of just four lotteries in the U.S. that didn't ...
Nov 5, 2016, 7:27 pm - Lottery News forum