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The Nebraska Lottery was created in November of 1992 with an approval rating of 63% and was the 37th state to offer lotteries within the United States. Nine months after the referendum took place the Nebraska Lottery released their lottery ticket followed by scratch tickets in November of the same year.

While at that time funds were distributed to various state-wide funded projects, it wasn’t until November 2004 when voters would pass Amendment 4 which would set a formula as to how these finds would be distributed.
The current beneficiaries of the Nebraska Lottery include; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent), Education as determined by the Legislature (44.5 percent) (currently equal shares to the Education Innovation Fund and the Nebraska Scholarship Fund), Nebraska State Fair (10 percent), and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The Nebraska Scholarship Fund has had an enormous success and significant impact on the youth within the state. The Nebraska Lottery has awarded grants to over 12,000 students during the 2004-2005 Academic year alone for a total of $8,336,903 provided for these students to continue post-secondary education with the state of Nebraska.

Among the various games offered from the lottery players also come a wide range of prices with ticket consisting of $1, $2, $3, $5 and $10 Scratch tickets, as well as online lotto games. Lottery tickets can be purchased at anyone of the 3200 lottery retailers across the state of Nebraska.


2by2 is an online lotto game with draws held Monday through Saturday and each ticket costing only $1. Players will need to pick two red numbers from 1 and 26 and two white numbers, again between 1 and 26. You can also purchase a quick pick if you would rather not select your own numbers.

Pick two red numbers between 1 and 26, and two white numbers between 1 and 26, or tell the clerk you want a 2by2 quick pick.
This game is a progressive jackpot lottery with jackpots starting at $10,000 and climbing each time the jackpot has not been one. To win, a player must match both white numbers as well as both red numbers drawn.

Nebraska Pick 5

Nebraska Pick 5 is the state’s only online game where all proceeds stay directly within the state. It also means only players who reside within the state can play and win.

To play simply choose any five numbers from 1 and 38 or purchase a quick pick. Each line costs $1, with up to five games played on each ticket. The Nebraska Pick5 can be purchases in advance as far as 12 weeks in advance. To win you must match all 5 numbers on your ticket with the numbers during that evenings drawing. This game is available Monday through Sunday.

Nebraska Pick 3

The Nebraska Pick 3 online game was added after the lottery conducted a web-based survey among their players. The purpose of the survey was to find out what the players wanted in a new game rather then pick it for them. With over 1,000 responses relating to how many numbers was to be drawn to prize structure, the players decided they wanted a Pick3 lotto game as the fourth online game offered by the Nebraska Lottery.

Pick 3 is available Monday through Saturday with tickets costing from $1 - $5. This game is very easy to play and all you need to do is choose three numbers from 0 to 9. These numbers can be unique or you can choose to play identical such as 2, 2, 2,. You will then need to choose how you want to play those numbers.

Straight- To win your must match your 3 numbers in the exact order as was drawn. On a $1 wager, matching all three in consecutive order wins a top payout of $600. This is the most difficult way to win out of the available play styles with odds of 1 in 1000

Box – Boxed play allows you to win in any order as long as you match all three. There are two prizes associated with this play. A 6-way match will award a top prize of $100 while a 3-way gives you $200.

Straight/Boxed – You can match the numbers drawn in exact order or any order. Three prizes are available in this game with a straight awarding $350, a 6 - way awarding $50 and a 3 - way awarding $126.

Combination – To win simply match 1, 2, or 3 numbers drawn in exact position during that draw. This game gives players three different prizes with 3 numbers in exact order offering $100, 2 numbers in exact order offering $8 and 1 number in exact order offering $1.

In total there are 9 different ways to win playing the Nebraska Pick3 and your overall odds are 1 in 4.12

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