Patricia Blankenfeld bought herself one heckuva birthday present.
The Lincoln woman bought the $20 White Ice Black Ice scratch-off at a Casey’s General Store on Northwest 12th Street last Monday.
She scratched it off and saw two matching numbers. When she ran it through a lottery ticket scanner at the store, the message that popped up was “Winner, take to Lottery,” according to a Nebraska Lottery press release.
Blankenfeld raced straight to lottery headquarters, just 3½ miles away. That’s where she learned she had won the game’s top prize: $200,000.
Her response? Shocked silence. Then she burst out laughing.
“It’s usually raining or snowing on my birthday,” she told lottery officials. “This is much better.”
Blankenfeld beat odds of 1 in 200,000 to win the first of three prizes in the White Ice Black Ice game. She said she’ll use her winnings to buy a new car.
Patricia Blankenfeld laughed over her lottery jackpot, but Ainsley Swan of Gothenburg cried.
Swan had bought her $5 Ghostbusters scratch-off ticket at a Kwik Shop in her hometown. She scratched off the winner in the car while her dad was in the store, shopping.
Two matching numbers corresponded with a $50,000 winning prize. At first she saw it and just stuttered.
“I went inside to check the ticket,” she told lottery officials when she claimed the prize Friday. “When I saw how much I’d won, I hit my knees and bawled.”
Swan said she and her husband, Tyler, will spend their winnings on “adult things,” like a new underground sprinkler system and also pay off some bills. They beat odds of 1 in 80,000.
And it looks as if last week’s lottery winnings will finance at least one more new car.
That’s how Hussein Suleiman of Lexington said he plans to spend his $62,000 in winnings from the March 31 Nebraska Pick 5 game.
Suleiman bought two quick-play picks at Thrifty’s Gas & Liquor in Lexington, according to lottery officials. One of them matched the winning numbers 05, 08, 09, 32 and 37, against odds of 1 in 501,942.
Suleiman said he also plans to pay bills.
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