“SNOW ME THE MONEY!” TOP PRIZE WON IN ST. MARIES!

“Snow me the Money!” exclaimed Wiley Reeves, St. Maries, when he claimed the first $50,000 top prize on the Idaho Lottery’s holiday-themed Scratch GameTM Snow Me the Money.

IMG_1096_editReeves purchased his winning ticket a week before cashing it in from St. Joe Sport Stop in St. Maries.  He was riding in his buddy’s truck and when he scratched and saw the lucky winning symbol, a snowflake, and the prize of $50,000.

“I didn’t believe it. I kept looking at it and saying ‘no way’, ‘no way’, then I showed it to my buddy and he said ‘no way!’” described Reeves on his winning ticket discovery.

Reeves said he plans to pay off some family medical bills, purchase a rig for himself and then sit back and relax. For their part in selling the winning ticket, St. Joe Sport Stop receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $5,000.

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$30,000 In Scented Candy Cane Cashword Goodness!

“Is that real?!” shrieked Adrienne Foote when she saw the actual winning amount of her Candy Cane Cashword Scratch ticket at Idaho Lottery Offices.  “Oh my goodness!”

IMG_1093_editFoote had only recently become devoted to playing $3 Candy Cane Cashword.   She said she’d only purchased a few tickets before visiting the Maverik on Boise Avenue and Protest Hill last Friday.  There she purchased and scratched a Candy Cane Cashword ticket that looked like it was a big winner.  After scratching the ticket and going over it several times, Foote thought she had a $1,000 winner in her hands.   When she brought it to the Lottery Offices and had it scanned, the ticket turned out to be the game’s second top prize winner of $30,000.

“I’ve only won $10 before. This one had a 3 and then four zeroes after it,” she said in complete disbelief.  “Merry Christmas to me!”

Foote said she plans to pay off her credit card and then save the rest of her winnings. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Maverik receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $3,000.

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Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is Over 55% Sold-through; Two $2,500 Early Bird Prizes Remain Unclaimed

BOISE, Idaho – The annual Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is now over 55% sold through with only 16 days left before the winning numbers announcement on New Year’s Eve.  There are less than 115,000 tickets left for the guaranteed $1,000,000 prize and the Idaho Lottery is anticipating another sell out of this popular game.

2014Raffle_PercentSoldTemplate_55“This game represents the best odds of winning $1,000,000 in Idaho. Over the years, this Idaho-only game has been very popular with our players,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “In addition to fewer available tickets, many people will purchase Raffle tickets to give as stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.”

With the gift giving season now in its third week, sales of the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle have increased by 18% over the same period from a week ago. As an Idaho-only game, Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets are only available for sale through all 1200 Idaho Lottery retail locations. This game is not sold in any other state, however, players do not need to be Idaho residents to play or win. Tickets will only remain on sale until 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time on New Year’s Eve, or when the 250,000th ticket is sold, whichever occurs first. In addition to the guaranteed $1,000,000 prize, there are over 6,100 other prizes ranging from $25 to $10,000.

The first two early bird draw winners of $2,500 have not yet stepped forward to claim their prizes.  The first winning number, 008684 was sold at a retail location in Cassia County. The second winning number, 035449 was sold at a retail location in Ada County.  The third winning early bird ticket was claimed by Charles Mitchell of Ketchum, Idaho.

This year’s winning numbers announcement for the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle will take place at 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time on New Year’s Eve from the Idaho Potato Drop in downtown Boise.  Lottery officials continue to remind players to play the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle responsibly. Anderson also encouraged players to keep their tickets in a safe place until the Lottery announces the winning numbers on December 31, 2014.

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Late Breakfast Turns into $30,000 Top Prize Winner!

The FINAL Golden Monkey top prize Scratch ticket has been claimed! BIG congrats to Kevin and Dorcee Petty from Payette, ID who won $30,000 on Golden Monkey. Kevin was slightly rushed this weekend while taking his son to his football game. Since he’d run out of time to make breakfast, they stopped for a breakfast burrito at Minit Market in Payette to pick up two breakfast burritos. The cashier asked him, “Would you like anything else?”. Kevin responded with, “yes, actually, I’ll take one of those Golden Monkey tickets”. It wasn’t until later that afternoon when Kevin was able to Scratch the ticket that he found out it was a $30,000 winner! He immediately called his wife and said, “Dorcee, do you love me?”, where Dorcee responded, “yes”. Kevin then asked, “Dorcee, do you really love me?”, and Dorcee responded again with a more emphatic, “YES!”. “He hardly ever calls me at work, so I wasn’t sure what it was going to be about when I saw his phone number, but I’m happy he called. We are so thankful!” said Dorcee.

IMG_1087_editKevin and Dorcee have been foster parents for two years now, where they’ve been able to care for 9 different children, while having four of their own. “Two years ago, when fostering was talked about at our church, we thought to ourselves how incredible it would be if we could just help one child. Now, two years later, we’ve had 9 foster children and cherish the opportunity to help,” said Dorcee.

The Petty’s are planning to replace their roof, pay for their sons braces and anticipate planning a family vacation in the near future.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Minit Market in Payette receives a bonus of $3,000!

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Orange Friday! – Free Powerball Ticket on Black Friday with Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Purchase; $2,500 Early Bird Prize Winners Sold in Cassia and Ada Counties

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery has a special, three-hour offer for players on Black Friday. From 12:00 p.m. (noon) MT to 3:00 p.m. MT (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT) on Friday, November 28th, Idaho Lottery players who purchase one $10 Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle ticket will receive one free $2 Powerball ticket for Saturday night’s draw.

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“This special offer highlights two of our more popular games,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is a holiday tradition and represents the best chance for players to win a million dollars guaranteed and Powerball is Idaho’s most recognized Lottery game.”

The Idaho Lottery has dubbed this offer “Orange” Friday in keeping with the traditional theme of the popular holiday Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle. Currently, the game is nearly 30% sold through and is selling fast.

“The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle and Powerball jackpot can create a lot of excitement with our players,” added Anderson. “We want to remind everyone during the holiday season to play responsibly and remember to sign your tickets. They are bearer instruments and we want to ensure each player protects their play.”

The Black and “Orange” Friday offer is available at all Idaho Lottery retail locations, however players may want to get theirs early to avoid the lines.

The Idaho Lottery is also looking for the first two early bird draw winners for this year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.   Ticket number 008684 was sold in Cassia County.  Ticket number 035449 was sold in Ada County.  No one has claimed either prize.  Each ticket is worth $2,500 and can be claimed prior to the end of this year’s Raffle from Idaho Lottery Offices in Boise.  Both tickets are still eligible to win another prize in the game, including the $1,000,000 jackpot prize.

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Pick3 Winner Pays It Forward, Twice!

“If I’m able to encourage just one person to pay it forward, it will all be worth it.”

Three weeks ago, Serena Croft of Boise came into the Lottery office.  The first words out of her mouth were, “I have a blessing”. Serena started playing the Lottery a couple weeks ago when her dad, who enjoys playing the Lottery, gave her a $5 Scratch ticket. On her very first ticket, she had won $25, so she put $20 in an envelope and purchased another $5 Scratch ticket. Again she won, but this time is was $50! Serena continued to play until one day her dad told her to play the Draw Games. Without any experience playing Draw Games and $25 from previous winnings, she told the clerk at the Albertson’s in Boise to pick Draw Games for her. Turns out, the clerk chose the right Draw Games to play, because that night when Serena checked her tickets, she found out that she had won $1,450 on Pick3!

Serena Croft - Pays It ForwardWhen asked what she was going to do with her money, she didn’t skip a beat to say that she would be donating nearly half of her winnings to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a program that Serena strongly supports. “It is our job to serve, to give a portion of what we are given and to help those in need,” said Croft.

Yesterday, November 19, Serena returned to the Lottery office with similar words from her first visit, “I have another blessing”. Serena especially enjoys playing Pick3 with her family, who are all able to participate in the fun. Serena and her family each pick two numbers from 0-9, and then as a team, pick which three final numbers should be chosen to be used on the Pick3 ticket. During this round of number selections, the trio settled on 4-7-9 and purchased a five-draw ticket. It had only been three weeks since last visiting the Idaho Lottery office with a $1,450 winning ticket and Serena was back for her second $1,450 win by matching all three numbers!

“I can hardly believe it, said Serena, who purchased her winning Pick3 ticket at Jacksons #54 in Boise. “I want my children to learn the true meaning of Christmas, which is giving. Every year when our kids receive new gifts, they have to take some of their old toys and donate them to children in need. This year, my son asked me if one of his Christmas gifts could be given to someone in need. It warmed my heart!”

Just as Serena did after her first big Pick3 win, she plans to give a good portion of her Serena Croft - Pays It Forward Againwinnings to those in need. Before she even purchased the Pick3 ticket, which would turn out to be a winner, she wanted to sponsor a family during the holiday season from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and another family at Gowen Field in Boise; but she was hesitant that it may be too much of an expense, and decided to sponsor one family instead. No more than a couple days later, Serena collected $1,450 from her Pick3 winning ticket and knew exactly where it needed to go, to a family at Gowen Field, just as she hoped she’d be able to do.

“The Idaho Lottery is the reason that I’ve been able to help others. I want other families to have positive feelings even when times are tough, and just as my children do, I want other children in less fortunate families to always think of Christmas as a wonderful time of year,” explained Croft.

Serena is a great example of giving during the holiday season and she wants to encourage others to pay-it-forward, because there’s always someone out there that could use your help. “Whether you’re able to give tangible items or volunteer your time, it will not only reap huge benefits on the receiving end, but it will bless you inside and out,” gleamed Croft.

Good luck and happy holidays from the Idaho Lottery!

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Boise Veteran wins $100,000 on Veterans Day

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Veteran, Scott Duvall, wins $100,000 on Veterans Day

Scott Duvall, who is active military at Mountain Home Air Force Base, had the day off and had planned to go hunting. As he was getting ready to head out of town, he stopped at Applebee’s for dinner where they were serving free meals for veterans. “The waitress was very kind, but seemed to be having a tough day, so I’d made sure to give her a big tip,” said Duvall. After enjoying his meal, he stopped at the Jacksons #34 to get a cup of coffee. Scott happened to have an extra $10 in his wallet and decided to buy The Big Money Game Scratch ticket. “I scratched the barcode, because I never expect to win, but this time the machine said ‘Claim At Lottery'”. At this point I was anxious, but there was a long line, so to make sure it was legitimate, I scanned it with the Check-a-Ticket App and sure enough, it also said ‘Claim At Lottery'”. After realizing it was a big winning ticket, Scott scratched the rest of the ticket to find out that he’d won $100,000! “I ran out to the car and locked all the doors and then realized I wasn’t even able to claim the ticket because the Idaho Lottery office was closed; I truly couldn’t wait to get in here Wednesday morning,” said Duvall.

With big hearts and smiling faces, Scott and his wife showed up at the Idaho Lottery office Wednesday morning. It wasn’t long before the Duvall’s and Idaho Lottery employees were getting emotional with Scott’s pride to serve our country and our sincere thanks for all Scott and other veterans do and have done. Scott and his wife plan to pay off their debt with their winnings and save the rest. “We are going to be able to pay off our debt, it’s going to be a new life!”

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