|2 By 2|
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About the Nebraska Lottery
The Nebraska Lottery formed in 1993, becoming the 37th state lottery in the United States.
Prior to 2004, Nebraska had been one of the state lotteries that contributed money to its state’s general fund instead of focusing on specific programs. After a voter-approved amendment, however, the Nebraska Lottery started dividing proceeds among public education, environmental programs, compulsive gambling recovery assistance, and the state fair.
Since 1993, the Nebraska Lottery has raised a total of over $717M for the state’s various programs.
Nebraska Lottery Tickets
Nebraska Lottery tickets are available at any of the many authorized retailers found all over the state. You may claim prizes for any winning tickets within 180 days of the game draw.
Can I buy NE Lottery tickets online?
Unfortunately not. Like most state lotteries, the Nebraska Lottery only allows you to buy tickets in person.
NE Lottery Tickets Payment Methods
The Nebraska Lottery, unlike many state lotteries (like Louisiana and Arkansas), allows ticket purchases made with cash, check, cashier's check, traveler's check, credit card, debit card, or even official coupons or certificates issued by the Nebraska Lottery or authorized retailers. Of course, each retailer has the ultimate say on which payment methods they’ll accept.
Nebraska Lottery Games and Drawing Schedules
Players must select 5 numbers from 1-48 and a Lucky Ball number from 1-18. To win the jackpot, a player must match all 6 winning draw numbers. This wins them $1,000 a day for life. The second prize, meanwhile, grants $25,000 a year for life to players who match all 5 regular numbers but not the Lucky Ball.
Lucky for Life draws take place every Monday and Thursday.
MyDaY is a calendar-themed draw game that offers up to $5000 in prizes per draw.
To play, you must pick 6 numbers in total: 2 numbers from 01-12 for the month; 2 numbers from 01-31 for the day; and 2 numbers, each from 0-9, for the year.
There is a catch: You can only choose valid dates, so combinations like 02/30 (February 30), 11/31 (November 31), and 06/31 (June 31) will be rejected. In keeping with leap years, the 02/29 combination will only be allowed alongside year numbers that are divisible by 4 (including 00).
MyDaY draws are held every day.
The Nebraska Pick 5 is a state-exclusive game with a starting jackpot of $50,000 that rolls over with every draw until somebody wins. The jackpot is divided equally among multiple winners (if applicable), and it is always paid out as a lump sum.
To play, you must pick 5 numbers from 1-39. Matching all 5 winning draw numbers nets you the jackpot.
Nebraska Pick 5 draws are held every day.
The Nebraska Pick 3 lottery runs daily, with a fixed jackpot of $600 per draw. However, your maximum prize depends on your chosen playstyle. There are 9 possible ways to win.
Players must select a number from 000 to 999 and a playstyle. A player who matches all the winning draw numbers in exact order wins the highest-value prize ($600).
You can choose from the following playstyles:
- Straight: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order.
- Box (3-Way or 6-Way): You can match the winning numbers in any order.
- Straight/Box (3-Way or 6-Way): You can match the winning numbers in exact or any order.
- Combo: You can match 3, 2, or 1 digit/s in their exact position from the winning draw.
The Nebraska Lottery runs 2by2, a multi-state draw game also offered in states like Kansas. The game has a fixed jackpot of $22,000 for each draw, and prizes are paid out in lump sums by default.
Players must pick two numbers from 1-26 in their playslip’s Red area. Then, they must do the same in their playslip’s White area. If you purchase a ticket for consecutive draws in multiples of 7 (e.g., 7 draws, 14 draws, and so on), you automatically qualify for 2by2 Tuesday, which doubles any prizes you win on Tuesdays.
2by2 draws are held daily.
Nebraska Lottery Game Schedules
|Lucky for Life||Mondays and Thursdays||9:38 PM|
|MyDaY||Every day||10 PM|
|Pick 5||Every day||10 PM|
|Pick 3||Every day||10 PM|
|2by2||Every day||10 PM|
Notable Winners of Nebraska Lotteries
Here are some of the Nebraska Lottery’s notable winners for 2018 and 2019:
- Linda Huggins of Elkhorn won $290,000 playing Pick 5
- Larry Kotas of Western won $66,000 playing Pick 5
- Margaret Frerichs of Ogallala won $126,000 playing Pick 5
- Linda Newberry of Scottsbluff won $44,000 playing 2by2
- Kevin Trumbley of Lincoln won $120,000 playing Pick 5
Scratch-off games have also seen many big wins:
- Alexandria Kaaihue of Walthill won $35,000 playing 10X Bingo Multiplier
- David Kissinger of Lincoln won $100,000 playing Double Diamond
- DeEtte Jones of South Sioux City won $200,000 playing Ultimate Bonus Crossword
- Jerry Dingworth of Grand Island won $200,000 playing Flawless Fortune
Nebraska Lottery Instant Games
Nebraska Lottery Scratch-Off Games
The Nebraska Lottery offers several scratch-off instant games at a variety of prices:
Prizes run up to $200,000 depending on the game you play. The Nebraska Lottery app also features virtual Instant Scratch Games.
Nebraska Lottery Second Chances
What is Second Chance?
You can get another chance to win prizes through second chance games that accept non-winning draw game tickets or scratch cards. These games allow you to enter your non-winning tickets in completely new draws, often for prizes like cash, merchandise, or even trip packages. Which tickets are eligible, the frequency of second-chance draws and the prizes on offer all depend on the lottery operator.
To learn more, check out our article on second chance games.
How does Second Chance work for the NE Lottery?
The Nebraska Lottery runs a constantly changing array of limited-time second-chance promotions. Most of these will require you to be a member of the Nebraska Lottery MVP Club to join. As with most state lotteries, registration is free and can be done online through the Nebraska Lottery MVP Club portal.
Information on the Nebraska Lottery
Nebraska Lottery Office
You can write or visit the Nebraska Lottery at: Nebraska Lottery, 137 NW 17th Street, Lincoln, NE 68528-1204.
Nebraska Lottery Customer Support
You can contact the Nebraska Lottery through:
- Nebraska Lottery Office: 402-471-6100
- Email: [email protected]
Nebraska Lottery Social Accounts
The Nebraska Lottery’s official social media accounts provide news and information for players:
Nebraska Lottery Apps and Technology
The Nebraska Lottery offers a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. You can play scratch-off games through the Interactive Scratch Game feature, as well as generate random numbers (Quick Picks) for any lotto draw game. Aside from these, you can:
- Get updates on winning draw numbers and jackpots
- Set jackpot alerts for the Powerball, Mega Millions, and Nebraska Pick 5
- Find nearby retailers based on your location
- Read about the lottery’s designated beneficiaries