"The Nebraska Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from the State of Nebraska"
The Nebraska State Lottery was initially created back on February 24th 1993 after a 63% majority of the State’s population voted an overwhelming “Yes” in 1992 in favor of Nebraska having a State Lottery.
The NE Lottery is an agency of Nebraska State and is a division of the Nebraska State Revenue Department – becoming the 37th US Lottery company to be formed across the U.S.A.
Right from when the very first Nebraska Lotto ticket was sold back on September 11th 1993 – the aim of the Nebraska Lottery has been to provide Nebraskans with exciting and affordable lottery games at the same time as maximising profits for the State which will benefit its citizens.
Things are the same today – with NE Lottery profits going towards the areas of education and the environment.
The Nebraska State Lottery is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The NE Lottery sells tickets from its network of over 1,200 authorized Nebraska Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 1800 "O" Street, Suite 101 (northeast corner of 18th & "O" Steets), Lincoln, NE.
In addition to its Lincoln Headquarters – the Nebraska Lottery has 4 Regional Claim Centers based at Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff.
The NE Lottery also takes part in 2 of the biggest lottery games in the world – the Multi-State USA Lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball which we will be looking into in greater detail.
We will be looking at the various Nebraska Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the Lottery Nebraska in much more depth.
We will first of all take a look at these Multi State Lottery games that the NELottery offers in partnership with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to the other Nebraska Lotto games available.
Currently – the games offered by Lottery Nebraska that it is possible for players to buy lottery tickets online from anywhere in the world are these two huge US Lotteries – the Mega Millions and the Powerball.
Other games offered by the Nebraska Lottery that can be played in-state only are noted further down the page – if any of these NELottery games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be writing about it here.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This incredible sum is the biggest lottery jackpot ever won to date in the history of world lottery games.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first started on February 13th 1988.
The Nebraska Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the Nebraska Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The Nebraska Powerball was first sold on July 21st 1994 when the NE Lottery became the 18th member of the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – who run and syndicate the game across the USA.
The NE Powerball works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – m6king for some massive jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Nebraska Lottery Powerball game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the NE Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.59pm MST (9.59pm CST).
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the NE Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Nebraska Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing Nebraska Lottery players to increase their Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Nebraska Powerball Lottery winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.
With the Nebraska Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.59pm MST (9.59pm (CST) there are various ways you can check the Nebraska Powerball Results and Powerball winning numbers as well as other Nebraska Lottery results.
You can find the latest Nebraska Powerball Results in addition to other Nebraska Lottery results at all NE Lottery retailers, in select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also see previous Nebraska Powerball Results.
The NE Powerball winning numbers and other Nebraska Lotto results are also displayed on the official Lottery Nebraska website – nelottery.com – and are broadcast on the following TV Channels throughout the State of Nebraska…
KHAS (NBC) Channel 5 in Hastings
KLKN (ABC) Channel 8 in Lincoln
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Nebraska State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the NE Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the Nebraska Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the Nebraska Powerball are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Nebraska Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run by and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on 30th March 2012. This record jackpot was shared equally between 3 Mega Millions winners from Illinois, Maryland and Kansas and still ranks as the 2nd largest jackpot ever won.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The Nebraska Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Mega Millions – in this particular case the Nebraska Mega Millions – as part of its overall lottery portfolio.
Tickets for the Nebraska Mega Millions were first put on sale on March 20th 2010 when the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the NE Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the sales of Mega Millions in Powerball States and Powerball in Mega Millions States.
The NE Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the USA that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the Nebraska MegaMillions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the NE Mega Millions – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 70 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 25 gold balls.
Draws for the Nebraska Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm MST (10.00pm CST).
In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the Nebraska Mega Millions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the NE Mega Millions jackpot itself.
With the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER feature – you will automatically multiply your winnings by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x on these levels – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be increased by x5 and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Nebraska Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the Nebraska Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm MST (10.00pm CST) there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers as well as other Nebraska Lottery results.
You can find the latest Nebraska Mega Millions Results as well as other Nebraska Lotto results at all NE Lottery retailers, in select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous NE Mega Millions Results.
The Nebraska Mega Millions winning numbers will also be published on nelottery.com – the official NELottery website – and are broadcast on the following TV Channels in Nebraska State…
KHAS-TV (NBC) Channel 5 in Hastings
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Nebraska State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the NE Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the Nebraska Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the NE Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Nebraska Mega Millions page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the Nebraska Powerball and Mega Millions games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the NE Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within Nebraska itself – like Nebraska Pick 5, Nebraska Pick 3, MyDaY and 2by2 plus numerous NELottery Scratch Games.
If any of these Nebraska Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of Nebraska at a later date we will be writing about it here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of Nebraska itself to take part in any of the Nebraska State Lottery games – including the Nebraska Powerball and Nebraska Mega Millions.
These days though – you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you may be based.
So if you live outside of Nebraska or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play no matter where you live.
The NELottery requires all players to be at least 19 years of age before purchasing any NE Lotto tickets including tickets for the NE Mega Millions and NE Powerball
If you have won either a Nebraska Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment – you will need to make this very important choice within 60 days of making your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 29 year period.
For all Nebraska Lottery prizes you will have 180 days from either the date of the draw or the game closing date to make your claim before your NE Lottery ticket will expire.
If your win on the Nebraska Lottery is up to US$ 500 – you will be able to claim your winnings at any Nebraska Lotto retailer.
If you’ve won anything between US$ 501 and US$ 19,999 on Nebraska Lotto games – you will need to claim your prize either at one of the Nebraska Lottery regional claim centers at Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha or Scottsbluff – otherwise by mail.
If you won anything over US$ 20,000 on a Nebraska Lottery game – you will need to claim your prize at the Nebraska Lottery Headquarters in Lincoln.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
Prior to the start up of the Nebraska State Lottery – the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Lottery Division is first created in 1991 by the passing of law LB 849.
A constitutional amendment allowing the formation of a Nebraska State Lottey is voted in by a majority of 63% of Nebraskan voters.
On February 24th – the Nebraska Lottery is launched when State law passes LB138. The NE Lottery is the 37th US State Lottery company to be formed.
The first NELottery Scratch tickets are sold on September 11th.
Tickets for the Nebraska Lottery’s first online game are sold from July 21st. The game is the POWERBALL from the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) which the Nebraska Lottery has become the 18th member to join. The POWERBALL game began back on April 19th 1992 – replacing the retired LOTTO AMERICA game. It has a double matrix of 5/45 + 1/45.
The first Nebraska POWERBALL jackpot is won on July 30th – when Lyle and Dianne Fleharty from Hastings win a top prize of US$ 50.1 Million.
Later the same year on November 30th – the second Nebraska POWERBALL jackpot is won when US$ 101 Million is shared between Connie Daly from North Platte and winner from Indiana. Each gets US$ 50.5 Million.
April 19th sees the third Nebraska Lottery POWERBALL jackpot won when Donald & Rita Polak from Prague win US$ 8.1 Million.
The Nebraska Lottery introduce a new online lottery game on April 24th – the Nebraska PICK 5. The new game has four draws every week and uses a matrix of 5/30.
The fourth Nebraska POWERBALL Lottery jackpot to be won – occurs on April 24th – when Milford’s Greg Klein shares US$ 5 Million with an Indiana Lottery winner. Each get US$ 2.5 MILLION.
The Nebraska Lottery increase the number of draws from four to six every week for their Nebraska PICK 5 game on September 14th.
November 1st sees some changes made to the Multi State Lottery Association POWERBALL game with the intention of offering bigger jackpots. The starting jackpot figure for POWERBALL is increased to US$ 10 Million and Nebraska Lottery players can now choose between a cash lump sum payment or an annuity of 25 annual instalments if they win the jackpot. The POWERBALL matrix also changes to 5/49 + 1/42.
The Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) introduce a new game on February 1st – WILD CARD. The Nebraska Lottery sells WILD CARD tickets from the outset – along with the Idaho Lottery, South Dakota Lottery and Montana Lottery companies. WILD CARD has a matrix of 6/38 + 1/52 and a jackpot that starts off at US$ 200,000.
The first WILD CARD draw takes place on February 4th.
Another new MUSL game is introduced to the Nebraska Lottery portfolio on March 30th – CASH 4 LIFE. The game has a matrix of 4/100 and NE Lottery players can win US$ 1,000 a week for life.
A new POWERBALL record is set on July 29th when a massive US$ 295 Million jackpot is won by 13 Ohio work colleagues who had purchased their Powerball Tickets in Indiana.
The 5th Anniversary of the creation of the Nebraska Lottery is marked on September 19th by the live POWERBALL draw being broadcast from Lincoln, NE.
The fifth jackpot to be won on the NE POWERBALL occurs on November 28th when Richard and Iris Johnson from Ayr scoop a massive top prize of US$ 33 Million.
On December 30th – Lottery Nebraska cease selling tickets for the MUSL WILD CARD game.
The Nebraska Lottery alter the matrix of the Nebraska PICK 5 on February 15th to 5/35.
A sixth Nebraska POWERBALL Lottery jackpot is won on November 3rd when Marilyn and Charles Anderson from North Platte win US$ 5 Million – sharing the US$ 10 Million top prize with a winner from Kentucky.
The Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) decide to retire the CASH 4 LIFE game on September 7th.
A US$ 14 Million Nebraska Lottery POWERBALL jackpot is won August 26th by Shirley Brewer from Omaha. This is the seventh NE POWERBALL jackpot to be won to date.
The MUSL add a significant feature to its POWERBALL game on March 7th. Nebraska Lottery players can now play with the POWERPLAY add-on which multiplies non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 times.
The Nebraska Lottery alter the matrix of the Nebraska PICK 5 game to 5/38 in September.
A new game – 2by2 – is introduced by the Multi State Lottery Association which is added to the NebraskaLottery portfolio on June 3rd. Its draws are seven days a week and the top prize is US$ 22,000. Other State Lotteries to offer the 2by2 are the Kansas Lottery and the North Dakota Lottery.
POWERBALL sees some game changes on October 6th when 4 numbers are added to the main (white) ball range giving a matrix of 5/53 + 1/42 and the POWERPLAY option has the number 1 removed. Jackpot odds are now 1 in 120 million and even larger POWERBALL jackpots will be created and more frequently. A new feature called Match 5 BONUS is also added.
October 9th sees the first POWERBALL draw with the new features in place.
November 5th saw the biggest Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot win to date of US$ 296,000.
The 10th Anniversary of the Lottery Nebraska is marked by a POWERBALL draw that takes place live from the Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, NE, on September 20th.
Steven Herber becomes the eighth NE POWERBALL jackpot winner on December 22nd when he scoops US$ 30 Million.
May 23rd sees a new Nebraska Lotto game introduced – Nebraska PICK 3 – which has draws Monday through Saturday.
POWERBALL sees some further game changes on August 25th when 2 main (white) balls were added, nos. 54 and 55. Jackpots were now to start at a more exciting US$ 15 Million and second prizes at US$ 200,000.
The POWERBALL matrix is given another change by the Multi-State Lottery Association on August 28th – to 5/55 + 1/42.
On October 19th sees a record POWERBALL jackpot occur when an incredible US$ 340 Million was won by a family from Oregon.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. This still stands as the largest lottery jackpot won to date in the world on a single lottery ticket. This is the ninth jackpot to be won on the Nebraska Lottery POWERBALL.
In March – the Nebraska Lottery reaches the milestone of a massive US$ 1 Billion in total sales since its first lottery ticket went on sale in September 1993.
The MUSL introduce a new feature to the 2by2 game on February 22nd – DOUBLE TUESDAY. Nebraska Lottery players now have the potential to double the 2by2 jackpot of US$ 22,000 to a much more appealing US$ 44,000.
A new game is introduced by the NE Lottery on October 1st – MyDaY – which has draws 6 days per week (Monday through Saturday) and a top prize of US$ 5,000.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. NE Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at a vastly increased US$ 20 Million. Also a new prize level is created – where players can win US$ 1 Million with the Match 5 BONUS feature using POWERPLAY. The Powerball matrix changes to 5/59 + 1/39 and draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining the MUSL in selling Powerball Tickets.
On October 9th an agreement was made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of Mega Millions tickets within states that offered the Powerball game and the sale of Powerball Tickets within states that offered the Mega Millions. The Nebraska Lottery would be selling Mega Millions Tickets come March.
On March 20th – as a result of the cross-selling agreement made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association the previous October the NELottery began the sales of Mega Millions Tickets.
Proceeds from Nebraska Lotto games go right back to citizens of the State of Nebraska – benefiting them in a variety of different ways.
The principal areas to benefit from Nebraska Lottery funding is that of education and the environment within the state.
Particular recipients of NE Lottery profits are the Education Innovation Fund, Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund (formerly the Nebraska Scholarship Fund), the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, the Nebraska State Fair and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.
Since it began in 1993 – the Nebraska State Lottery has raised in excess of US$ 381 Million for its beneficiaries.
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