No matter how rough 2020 was for people, some people just had it really lucky. People out there are looking for ways to win the jackpot while this woman out here is winning the jackpot TWICE! As if winning once wasn’t cool enough.
Pretty lucky for someone when the odds of winning the jackpot with any Pick 5 ticket is 1 in 501,942 (according to a news release from the Nebraska Lottery)
The lucky Nebraska woman, Margaret Furasek, won her second Pick 5 jackpot in less than six months, worth $138,000 – which is even bigger than her last!
The 88-year-old lady hit the big jackpot for the first time in 2020 when she won a $94,000 jackpot, but that wasn’t the end of it. She wasn’t going to stop there, and she didn’t – we can see that now by her second win!
Margaret used quick pick numbers when she brought her ticket for December 23. Pick 5 drawing from the Weston 92 BP convenience store, and was given the numbers 08, 13, 20, 21, 27. Who would’ve known these numbers would help this lady earn a $138,000 jackpot? Not us, that’s who!
According to the officials, both of her winning tickets were purchased from the same store – a lucky store indeed!
What could be the secret behind this fortune, and how can we get this, you may ask?
Well, to be honest, I don’t know either, but what I do know is a daily ritual that Margaret, along with her husband, Tony (who is 84 years old) follow when it comes to playing the lottery. Maybe it will help? I mean, it helped them out!
Margaret and Tony share a daily ritual where Tony heads to the BP gas station on Country Road K in Weston – the same lucky store where both the winning tickets were bought from – to buy his wife a Pick 5 Quick Pick ticket. Since they aren’t that familiar with the computer, they call their daughter, Mary Mika, each evening at 9:30 pm (for the past ten years) to ask her to read the numbers and see if they matched.
They got four of their numbers matched quite a few times and won $450 or said, but never got their hands on the big prize. Until one day, on July 21, 2020, she read out the numbers, and voila, you have a winner!
“He had me reread the numbers over and over,” Mika told lottery officials at the time. “He called me back in the middle of the night because he thought it might have been a dream.” The couple decided to put some money into their house that was built in 1970.
But wait, it did not end there. Lightning can strike twice, and it did indeed for the couple.
On December 23, Tony bought a quick-pick ticket for his wife, as usual, and called their daughter to read the numbers off. And voila, you have a winner again!
“I said, ‘Grandma, I think you got it twice in six months!” Tony said Mika exclaimed over the phone in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald.
And this is the routine that (may) have helped them win TWICE in a row – I will never stop saying that; it is just so unbelievable.
Margaret visited Lottery headquarters in Lincoln on January 4 to claim her prize and said that her second win was just as excited and unexpected as the first win.
Mika told the lottery officials that she once advised her parents that they would be better off burying their money in a jar – guess she found out she was wrong!
Here’s a fun fact that you guys might be aware of (and a lot of people aren’t) is that Margaret isn’t the only person who won two jackpots in the state, and double winners aren’t as rare as you’d think them to be. According to Neil Watson, a spokesperson for the lottery, there are other double winners as well:
1. Janee Morgan of Grand Island ($174,000 from Pick 5, 2013 and $106,000 from Pick 5, 2018)
2. an anonymous winner from Hadar ($150,000 from two scratch-off tickets, 2020)
3. another anonymous player from Lincoln ($350,000 from Pick 5 and a scratch-off ticket).
Who would’ve thought?
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