Nebraska Lottery

On this page you'll find the latest Nebraska Lottery information, including how to purchase tickets, draw days and times, game details, how to claim prizes, NE Lottery history and rules. Nebraska players have a choice of a range of great draw games, including both multi-state and in-state options: Powerball - Mega Millions - Pick 5 - Pick 3 - MyDaY - 2 by 2 - Lucky for Life. If you want the chance to win instantly, try one of the many scratch games available from authorized retailers.

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Buying Nebraska Lottery Tickets

You can play Nebraska Lottery games even if you don't live there - simply make a visit and find an authorized lottery retailer in the Cornhusker State. An easier option for lottery players who aren't US residents to play games like Powerball and Mega Millions is to use a lottery concierge - learn more about playing online.

Nebraska Lottery Drawing Schedule

Lottery drawings take place every day in Nebraska, find out when ticket sales close for your favorite game to avoid missing out:

NE Lottery Draw Times
Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 9:59 PM 9:00 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 10:00 PM 9:00 PM
Pick 5 Daily 9:59 PM 9:00 PM
Pick 3 Daily 9:59 PM 9:00 PM
MyDaY Daily 9:59 PM 9:00 PM
2 by 2 Daily 9:59 PM 9:00 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 9:38 PM 8:30 PM
*Times are shown in CST. NE lottery ticket sales are closed between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM every morning.

Game Information

Nebraska players can take part in multi-state lotteries including Powerball, Mega Millions and 2 by 2, and there's also a choice of in-state games like Pick 5, Pick 3 and MyDaY that could net them big cash prizes!

Pick 5

Nebraska Pick 5 is quick and easy. All you have to do is pay $1 per ticket and select five numbers from 1 to 38 or choose a Quick Pick if you're feeling a bit indecisive. Drawings are held every day and the jackpot starts at $50,000. The top prize will roll over and increase in value until someone wins by matching all five main numbers drawn!

NE Pick 5 Prizes and Odds of Winning
Winning Tier Prize Odds of Winning
Match 5 of 5 Jackpot 1 in 501,942
Match 4 of 5 $450 1 in 3,042
Match 3 of 5 $9 1 in 95
Match 2 of 5 Free $1 Quick Pick Ticket 1 in 9
Odds of winning any Nebraska Pick 5 prize are 1 in 8

Pick 3

Nebraska Pick 3 offers players a top prize of $600 and nine ways to win, with draws held seven nights a week at 9:59 PM CT. Choose your numbers and pick from a variety of play styles that determine how you can make a winning match and the prizes available. Each play costs $1.

To play, choose three numbers from 0 through 9 and select from one of the four bet types: Straight, Box, Straight/Box or Combo. Here's how to win on each one:

  • Straight: Match all numbers in the exact order drawn to win $600
  • Box: Match all numbers drawn in any order. Depending on the number of winning combinations your numbers can make, your play may be 6-way to win $100, or 3-way to win $200
  • Straight/Box: Match the numbers drawn in either exact or any order. A straight match wins $350, a 6-way box match wins $50, and a 3-way match wins $126
  • Combo: Match 1, 2 or 3 winning numbers in exact position within the order drawn. Match 3 numbers in exact order to win $100, 2 numbers in exact position to win $8, and 1 number in exact position to win $1

Check the table below for the full breakdown of prizes and chances of winning:

NE Pick 3 Prizes and Odds
Play Type Prize Winners Odds
Straight $600 5 1,000
6-Way Box $100 32 166.67
3-Way Box $200 0 333.33
Straight/Box (Straight) $350 12 1,000
Straight/Box (6-Way Box) $50 39 200
Straight/Box (3-Way Box) $126 0 500
Combo (Match 3 Positionally) $100 2 1,000
Combo (Match 2 Positionally) $8 19 37.04
Combo (Match 1 Positionally) $1 172 4

MyDaY

MyDaY is an interesting game that uses a calendar format to select the winning numbers. Tickets cost $1 each and drawings are held every night. Players select one number from 1 to 12 for the "month", a number from 1 to 31 for the "day" and two numbers between 0 and 9 for the "year". To win the top prize of $5,000, you have to match the "month", "day" and "year" drawn.

All date combinations chosen have to be valid options for a twelve-month calendar - so options like February 31st are out! You can only choose February 29th for years divisible by four or for years ending in "00". Lower-tier prizes are paid out for matching any combination of the month, day or year drawn. Here's what you could win:

NE MyDaY Prizes and Odds of Winning
Match Prize Odds of Winning
Month + Day + Year $5,000 1 in 36,525
Day + Year $365 1 in 3,320
Month + Year $52 1 in 1,240
Month + Day $12 1 in 369
Year $7 1 in 113
Day $4 1 in 34
Month $1 1 in 13
Odds of winning any MyDaY prize are 1 in 8.17

Other Games

The Nebraska Lottery also offers players Scratch games. These instant win games are available for purchase from authorized retailers throughout the state. Buy one today and you could win a prize of up to $200,000 in just seconds!

Claiming Nebraska Lottery Prizes

All Nebraska Lottery prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the date of the drawing. All prizes from Scratch games must be claimed within 180 days from the game's date of closure.

All prizes up to $19,999 may be claimed by mail - see below for details.

Prizes worth $500 or less may also be paid out by any authorized retailer. Prizes worth between $501 and $19,999 need to be redeemed by mail or at a regional claim center in Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha or Scottsbluff. If you've really won it big and picked up a prize worth $20,000 or more, then you'll need to redeem it in person at the Nebraska Lottery offices in Lincoln.

Any prize worth $5,000 or more will have federal taxes withheld at a rate of 25 percent as well as Nebraska state taxes at five percent.

Claim a prize by mail

If you've won up to $500, fill out the back of your ticket and mail to the address below.

For prizes of $500 and above, complete a claim form and mail it along with your ticket to:

Nebraska Lottery Prize Claim
P.O. Box 95145
Lincoln, NE 68509-5145

History of the Nebraska Lottery

The Nebraska Lottery was established in November 1992 due to an amendment to the state's constitution that was approved by 63 percent of voters. Powerball tickets went on sale in Nebraska in July 1994 and the Nebraska Lottery joined Mega Millions in 2010. As of November 2004, revenue from Nebraska Lottery ticket sales is allocated to the following groups:

  • The Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5% of revenue)
  • Education Innovation Fund and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund (44.5% of revenue)
  • The Nebraska State Fair (10% of revenue)
  • The Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1% of revenue and first $500,000 raised annually)

Rules

If you want to play Lottery games in Nebraska, you'll need to be at least 19 years old.