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Omaha man was 'too cheap' to buy new truck, so he won one instead

Omaha man was 'too cheap' to buy new truck, so he won one instead

Ali Touray, Truck$ & Buck$

Ali Touray of Omaha said he was “too cheap” to buy a new truck. So he decided to play the Nebraska Lottery’s Truck$ & Buck$ scratch-off game and won a Ford F-150 pickup.

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Somebody in Omaha has got a nice chunk of lottery change — they just need to claim it.

Lottery officials said a winning Nebraska Pick 5 lottery ticket worth $86,000 was sold for Wednesday’s drawing at the Family Fare supermarket at 108th and Q Streets.

The ticket in the daily drawing matched all five winning numbers: 2, 13, 29, 31, 34. The winner beat odds of 1 in 501,942 to win the prize, which must be claimed at Nebraska Lottery headquarters in Lincoln within six months.

If the winner is from Omaha, that person would be the second Omahan to win a sizable lottery prize in the past week.

Ali Touray of Omaha climbed into the cab of a 2021 F-150 4x4 Flex Fuel pickup truck last Monday. It now belongs to him, thanks to a lucky lottery pick.

Touray’s new truck is the sixth of seven such prizes awarded in the Nebraska Lottery’s $2 Truck$ & Buck$ Scratch game.

Touray told lottery officials that he almost never buys scratch-off lottery tickets. But he started playing the Truck$ & Buck$ game because his old truck was starting to develop what he called “little gremlins.”

“I told my wife, I’m too cheap, I don’t want to buy a new truck,” Touray said, according to a Nebraska Lottery press release. “I’m going to win that truck.”

He said his wife, Theresa, and his brother, Karim, needled him because they doubted he could actually win a replacement.

They weren’t necessarily wrong. The odds against winning are 1 in 300,000.

But Touray beat them recently, when he stopped at the Kum & Go station at 132nd and Fort Streets to buy gas and some egg rolls.

He picked up three Truck$ & Buck$ tickets, too.

He scratched them off when he got home — and was nearly speechless when he realized one of them was a winner.

“I was so nervous, my legs were shaking, I was sweating. I could not believe I won a truck,” Touray told lottery officials. “This experience is just out of this world.”

The prize value of the truck is listed at $56,600, according to a press release, including more than $18,000 in state and federal taxes and ownership costs paid for by the Nebraska Lottery.


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