If you were looking for Julie Rondeau at work Tuesday, you were looking in the wrong place.
The Lincoln woman was busy stopping by the Nebraska Lottery headquarters to claim a $218,000 prize.
“I called my boss and said, ‘I’m taking the rest of the day off. I won the Nebraska Pick 5,’” Rondeau told lottery officials.
She purchased two quick-play tickets for Monday’s drawing at a C Station convenience store in Lincoln. One of them matched all five winning numbers in the daily drawing: 04, 10, 23, 25 and 36.
The jackpot begins at $50,000 and goes up $4,000 each day there is no winner. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 501,942.
Rondeau said she and her husband, Dan, will use their winnings to pay off bills.
“This is amazing. It’s like a second chance to start over,” she said, according to a Nebraska Lottery press release.
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Several large recent lottery prizes remain unclaimed, all from the Powerball lottery game:
$50,000 ticket sold at Jrc’s Express, 16550 South Highway 75, Bellevue, Aug. 10.
$1,000,000 ticket sold at Casey’s General Store, 16960 Evans Plaza, Omaha, Aug. 21.
$50,000 ticket sold at Bucky’s, 9645 Ida Road, Omaha, Sept. 7.
$150,000 ticket sold at Tom’s Service, 332 E. Main St., Pierce, Sept. 11.
For more information, visit NELottery.com.