New Draw Game Update, “Lucky For A While”!

Today, we unveiled the latest updates to the newest, most popular draw game in Idaho, including a brand new game name change.  “Lucky for a While” allows players the flexibility of occasional draws and top prize jackpot amounts that pay $1,000 a day…for a while, length to be determined by random number generator at the time of the claim.  Players are encouraged to purchase tickets with regularity due to the irregular, random nature of the draw schedules. A winner is almost guaranteed every draw!

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“Draws could occur hourly, daily, or once in a blue moon,” said unnamed officials close to the program. “There could be a draw today, tomorrow, Friday, or twice in one day. We believe the unknown time and date of the next draw that could produce the next winner will add to the game’s excitement.”

Lucky For A While
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$200 1:8,433
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“We’ve conducted extensive research on the subject of winning Lucky for a While, and have found that all of our winners purchased at least one ticket prior to the next draw,” added officials. “Add to this, the random length for which a player could win $1,000, well, it’s certain to be a big winner for everyone!”

Good luck, Idaho!

(April Fools)

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Family Game Night Turns Into $50,000 Top Prize Win!

IMG_1224_editCongratulations to Shane George of Blackfoot for claiming the first top prize on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game $50,000 Taxes Paid!  George claimed the prize with his family in tow at Idaho Lottery offices on Wednesday.  He said the family was enjoying a game night that included a few Scratch tickets when the top prize winner was discovered.  He added the family plans to buy a vehicle for their daughter and share the winnings among everyone else.

George received all $50,000 from the game as the Idaho Lottery paid the State and Federal withholding taxes on the top prize. The winning ticket was sold at the Short Stop in Blackfoot. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Short Stop receives a $5,000 bonus. One top prize on $50,000 Taxes Paid remains available in the game.

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Rigby Man Celebrates Birthday with $80,000 Lottery Win

BOISE, Idaho – Happy birthday wishes to a Rigby man who celebrated a few days early with an $80,000 Scratch Game win from the Idaho Lottery.

IMG_1220_editKahn McAllister, and his wife Karleen, Rigby, were visiting his family in Ririe for an early birthday dinner celebration when the couple stopped in the Gateway Service store.  An avid Lottery player, McAllister reinvested some previous winning Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets and bought a series of Even More Crazier 8s from the Idaho Lottery at the store.

“The first few tickets didn’t win at all.  Then, the next one came along and I thought at first I’d won $8,” explained McAllister.  “Then it was $80, then $800, nope, it was the $80,000 prize. I got lucky!”

“I couldn’t breathe and I kept jumping around all excited,” added McAllister.  “I couldn’t believe it! And my birthday is in a few days!”

McAllister says he plans to take his wife and their young daughter to Disneyland to meet Princesses then invest the remainder of his winnings.

“Invest, invest, invest,” added Karleen reassuringly. “That’s where this is going.”

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Gateway Service in Ririe receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $8,000.

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First Time Lucky – Idaho Falls Man Wins $30,000

Kevin Potter, Idaho Falls, was sitting at home in his easy chair reviewing the first Hot Lotto ticket from the Idaho Lottery he had ever purchased.  He was comparing the numbers on this ticket to the March 14, 2015 draw’s winning numbers when they started to match up.

IMG_1217_edit“I matched the first number, then the second.  Dang, I matched the third, the fourth and the fifth!” described Potter.  “I took the ticket back to my local store where I bought it to have them check it and they told me I had a big winner and I needed to go to Boise.”

By matching the first five numbers but not the Hot Ball, Potter’s ticket won him $30,000.  He purchased his winning ticket at the Get-n-Go Convenience Store near the Science Center in Idaho Falls.  A regular Powerball and Mega Millions player, Potter was in his local store the night of the draw and saw a preview for Hot Lotto flash up on the Lottery’s video display screen.

“I got my regular tickets and then asked the clerk for a Hot Lotto ticket, too.  I’d never played the game before, but saw the ad and thought, hey $5.6 million would be alright,” said Potter about his purchase and that night’s jackpot amount.  “Dang, I was just one number away from winning it all!  But the $30,000 is great, too!”

Potter plans to pay some bills and set aside some of his winnings.  For their part in selling the winning ticket, the Get-n-Go receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $3,000.

The current advertised Hot Lotto jackpot for Saturday night is $5.89 million.  Jackpot winners on Hot Lotto receive the full jackpot amount in cash with the Lottery paying the withholding taxes on their behalf.

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Mullan Woman Collects Second Six-figure Winner Since September; Wallace Sells Third Six-figure Winning Ticket in Six Months

BOISE, Idaho – The town of Wallace, Idaho is booming with big, six-figure Idaho Lottery Scratch ticket wins.  Since September 2014, Idaho Lottery retail locations in Wallace have sold three, six-figure winning Scratch tickets to two different winners.

IMG_1206_editLate last week, Mullan resident Kathleen Zingler bought a $100,000 winning Extreme Cash Scratch ticket from the red Idaho Lottery vending machine at the Harvest Foods in Wallace.  This is the exact same store and Lottery machine where she purchased her $200,000 winning ticket last September. And the win came roughly in the same fashion as the last one did.

“Just like the last time I won, I had a couple of tickets that were winners, about $25, to reinvest,” explained Zingler who was shaking with excitement while collecting her winnings in Boise on Monday. “I bought two different $10 games and a $5 game.  The second $10 game was the $100,000 winner.”

Last fall, Zingler found herself in a similar situation, with $20 to play but instead of buying two, $10 games, she bought a single $20 ticket that turned out to be a $200,000 winner.  She could not believe her good luck – again.

“Last time we paid some bills and put the money aside for our house. This time, it’s all going toward the house,” said Zingler, now a two-time top prize Lottery winner.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Harvest Foods in Wallace receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $10,000.

The third winning ticket in Wallace in the last six months was sold to Cindie Sawyer, who won $250,000 in early January 2015 on a ticket she purchased at Beamis-Hico convenience store. It was also Sawyer’s second, six-figure win.  Sawyer and Zingler currently rank 6th and 7th respectively on the all-time winners list for players with multiple, top prize wins on Scratch Games from the Idaho Lottery.

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Lewiston Man is Lucky for Life! Tony Mael Wins $25,000 a Year for Life

BOISE, Idaho – On a day associated with luck, Tony Mael of Lewiston found out he was Idaho’s first big winner on the Idaho Lottery’s new draw game Lucky for Life.  Mael visited his local Lottery store on St. Patrick’s Day to check his Lucky for Life tickets from the night before.

 25K_WINNER_FB-Post2“Debbie, the manager, came over with the winning numbers and compared them to my ticket,” explained Mael on his morning visit to Liberty Mart in the Orchards of Lewiston. “She saw I’d matched all five of the first numbers and started screaming I’d won the big one! And then I called my wife and she didn’t believe me.”

A hard working, blue collar man who’s worked oil rigs, railroads and road construction, Mael remained in disbelief even after claiming his prize Wednesday in Boise.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen to me,” said Mael.  “I’ve never been lucky in my life until now.  I guess I’m lucky for the rest of my life! I wake up and I’m still in shock, like I’m in a dream.”

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Mael played the Idaho Lottery’s newest draw game, Lucky for Life.  The game debuted on January 27, 2015 and is only played in fifteen jurisdictions nationwide. Draws are Monday and Thursday evenings.  Mael’s ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Lucky Ball and his winning ticket became worth $25,000 a year for the rest of his natural life. There is a minimum of twenty-years for payments, but no maximum.  He claimed his prize in Boise along with his wife, Tina Mael on Wednesday morning.

“This is the best thing that’s ever happened for our family,” said Tina.  “We’re going to pay off some old medical bills and invest for retirement.”

For their part in selling the winning Lucky for Life ticket, Liberty Mart receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

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Luck Finds Idaho! $25,000 a Year for Life Winning Ticket Sold in Nez Perce County

BOISE, Idaho – Luck that lasts a lifetime has struck Idaho on St. Patrick’s Day!  The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning ticket sold for last night’s Lucky for Life draw has matched the first five numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, and is worth $25,000 a year, every year, for the rest of the winner’s natural life.  The winning ticket was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Nez Perce County.   The winning numbers from last night’s Lucky for Life draw are 01, 18, 22, 37, 40 and the Lucky Ball was 13.

$25,000 A Day For Life Winner - Lucky For Life - Idaho Lottery“Lucky for Life is a new draw game for Idaho players that debuted in late January,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We always encourage everyone who played Lucky for Life last night to check their tickets carefully for winners.  This ticket matched the first five numbers and will award the winner $25,000 a year, for as long as the winner lives, with a minimum of a 20-year payout, no maximum payout.”

Lucky for Life is a traditional draw game, played in only fifteen jurisdictions in the United States.  Players match five numbers from a pool of forty-five numbers and one Lucky Ball from a pool of eighteen numbers.  Jackpot prize winners on Lucky for Life receive $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their natural lives.

Last night’s winning ticket is Idaho’s first, second-tier prize on Lucky for Life since the game debuted on January 27, 2015.  Players have 180 days from last night’s draw to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery offices in Boise.

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