Idaho Lottery Returns $45,000,000 Dividend to the People of Idaho!

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery made their annual dividend presentation to the People of Idaho during a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol.  Led by Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman Mel Fisher and the Idaho State Lottery Commission, they presented Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter with a check for this year’s dividend of $45,000,000.  Over their twenty-six year history, including this year’s dividend, the Idaho Lottery has returned $694,500,000 for the benefit of Idaho public education, the State’s permanent building fund, and the Department of Education’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund.

“Every year, Idaho’s public schools and the State’s permanent building fund are the true winners of the Idaho Lottery,” said Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter.  “The Lottery has upheld their commitment to operating with the greatest degree possible of fairness and integrity while fulfilling their mission to provide an essential dividend to the People of Idaho.”

“The Idaho Lottery remains steadfast to responsibly maximize our annual dividend for the betterment of public schools and Idaho’s public institutions,” said Anderson. “This year’s dividend would not be possible without the support of our dedicated, statewide network of 1200 brick and mortar retail locations, and the continued support from our players who participate voluntarily.” 

During the ceremony Governor Otter presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra with a $28 million dividend check.  Of that amount, $17 million is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $11 million is for the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed $371.9 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

“For 26 years, the Idaho Lottery has been a financial partner in supporting schools throughout the state,” Superintendent Ybarra said.  “In our ongoing effort in soundly funding education, this contribution supports in helping schools and students to achieve.”

Governor Otter also presented Dee Jameson, Acting Chairman for Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, with a dividend check for $17 million.  Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned $322.6 million back to support Idaho’s permanent buildings.

“The relationship between the Permanent Building Fund and the Idaho Lottery has grown stronger over the past twenty-six years,” said Jameson.  “Each year, with the support of their dividends, we are able to fund projects that promote education and preserve our historical facilities.”

The Idaho Lottery ended its Fiscal Year on June 30, recording $210.2 million in annual sales, awarding $136.7 million in prizes to players, and retailers earning $12.5 million in commissions. 

During the year the Idaho Lottery made five millionaires, saw its newest Draw Game Lucky for Life award a $25,000 a year for life prize, and Wild Card logged a jackpot winner for the fifth time in the past six years.  Scratch GamesTM continue to be the most popularly played game format, grossing $126.8 million.

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Ogden Retiree Wins Wild Card Jackpot!

BOISE, Idaho – Retirement just became that much sweeter, when Armando Almodovar of Ogden discovered he held a jackpot winning ticket from last Wednesday night’s Wild Card draw. “I don’t play very often, just when I visit my family in Idaho,” said Almodovar.

WildCardWinner“My daughter is a flight attendant, so that enables me to fly for free,” described Almodovar. “I’m able to travel a lot since I’m retired. I was actually planning on flying to Boise for a weekend trip, but since that flight was already full, I decided instead to fly to Twin Falls.” It’s a good thing that he did, because when Armando stopped in at Oasis Stop ‘N Go in Twin Falls the Wild Card ticket that he purchased ended up being worth $275,000! 

Wild Card is a multi-state jackpot game played in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Armando’s jackpot win is Idaho’s 20th since the game began.

Armando split the jackpot prize with his son Armando Jr. and his daughter Angelita. He also plans to give some of his winnings to his church and local charities.

The jackpot for tonight’s Wild Card draw is an estimated $205,000.

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Rupert Man Scratches Off $50,000 Win At Laundromat!

“I’m on a lucky streak! Not only did I just win back-to-back-to-back, but it’s my mother’s birthday today,” exclaimed Pettyjohn!

IMG_1319_editOn Friday afternoon, Mark Pettyjohn of Rupert, ID cashed in a Scratch ticket worth $25, where he then purchased a $300,000 Triple Platinum Scratch ticket. “I hardly ever buy $25 tickets because of the price tag, but gave it a try since I had the money from my winnings,” said Pettyjohn.

Mark ended up winning $150 on that $300,000 Triple Platinum Scratch ticket!

The very next day he stopped at Mr. Gas to fill up his truck. He walked inside to grab a soda and picked up a $50,000 Taxes Paid ticket as well. His final stop of the morning was to the laundromat to wash some clothes. When he came back out to his truck, while waiting for his clothes to wash, he sat in his truck and scratched the ticket. Eyes wide and an expression of complete disbelief, Mark had just scratched off a $50,000 winner!

“I couldn’t believe it! The best part about this ticket is that the taxes are already paid and I get the entire $50,000,” said Pettyjohn.

Mark plans to pay off his final small debts and take his children to their hometown to visit family!

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Wild Card Jackpot Winning Ticket Sold in Twin Falls County!

BOISE, Idaho – Check your tickets!  Idaho had a jackpot winner last night on Wild Card. The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning ticket worth $275,000 matched all five of the first numbers and the Wild Card from last night´s draw.  The jackpot winning ticket was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Twin Falls County.  The winning numbers were 09, 14, 24, 26, 30 and the Wild Card was the Ace of Spades.

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“We are encouraging everyone who played Wild Card for last night´s draw to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

Including the jackpot winning ticket, there were nearly 2,200 winning tickets in Idaho from last night´s draw on Wild Card.  Wild Card is played in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  Last night´s winner was the 39th Wild Card Jackpot ticket sold in Idaho Lottery history. 

The Idaho Lottery also encourages everyone to sign the back of their tickets prior to presenting them for payment.

Last night´s Wild Card jackpot winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

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Life Is Better In A Truck! First Bucks ‘N Trucks Prize Claimed!

Life is better in a truck.  Cory Peavy, from Carey, Idaho, was the first Bucks ‘N Trucks winner of a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck on a ticket he purchased at the Splash ‘n Dash in Bellevue.  A rancher in Carey, Cory took a day off and went up to Bellevue and Hailey to visit some friends.

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“I had a $5 winner on Bucks ‘n Trucks that went to cash in,” explained Corey.  “The clerk asked me if I wanted cash or another ticket. I asked for the ticket and won a truck. 

Cory claimed his prize in Boise the next day.  After walking the Lithia Ford sales lot, kicking tires and checking out all the different features, he settled on a blue jeaned color F-150 to drive back to Carey.

“It’s big enough to haul a 4-wheeler, my saddle, fence posts and my friends,” said Corey before adding, “I might even take a girl for ride, if she’s nice enough.”

When we last saw Cory he was driving off into the sunset in his new Ford F-150 XLT truck.  Bucks ‘N Trucks has two top prizes of Ford F-150 XLT trucks available to be won on the game itself, and one from the second chance draw.

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Woman from Shoshone Claims $1,000,000 Powerball Winner

BOISE, Idaho – It was the surprise of a lifetime for Sara Perez of Shoshone, Idaho on Sunday when she checked her Powerball ticket from the June 3, 2015 drawing.  A long time player, Perez checked her one-line quick pick ticket at an Idaho Lottery retail store and discovered she had matched the first five numbers and her ticket was worth $1,000,000.

SaraPerez_MillionPowerballWinner_June2015“The machine started making noises, ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ I thought I had broken it!” exclaimed Perez when she claimed her winning ticket in Boise.  “I am still in shock.”

Perez is the first player from Shoshone, or Lincoln County, Idaho to claim a prize of at least $1,000,000.  She purchased her winning ticket from The Main Stop in Shoshone.  She plans to pay down her bills with her winnings. 

For their part in selling the winning ticket, The Main Stop in Shoshone receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.

The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball draw is an estimated $70,000,000.

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Lucky Catch! Utah Man Claims $1,000,000 Mega Millions Ticket

BOISE, Idaho – About two weeks ago, Jay Cranney of Sandy, Utah was competing in a fishing tournament in southeastern Idaho, near Clifton.  After the tournament was over, Cranney headed back to Utah and made a stop at La Tienda in Franklin to pick up a few Idaho Lottery tickets including a multi-draw Mega Millions ticket.

CranneyMMWinnerCranney, who selects his own numbers, matched the first five numbers but not the Mega Ball and won $1,000,000 in last Friday night’s Mega Millions draw.

“I did alright in the fishing tournament,” said Cranney on his visit to the Gem State.  “But I got a lucky catch on Mega Millions!”

With his winnings, Cranney plans to pay off some outstanding debts, buy himself a new bass fishing boat, and then invest his remain amount.

Asked where he was headed when he left Boise with his winnings, Cranney replied, “Going fishing. There’s another tournament tomorrow!”

For their part in selling the winning ticket, La Tienda in Franklin receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000. La Tienda is the only Idaho Lottery retailer to sell a $1,000,000 winning ticket on both Mega Millions and Powerball.  La Tienda previously sold a $1,000,000 winning Powerball ticket in December 2010.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s draw is $20,000,000.

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