Final $50,000 Top Prize Claimed on Big Bang Bingo!

Ben Johnson is an informed Idaho Lottery player.  He doesn’t buy a lot of tickets when he plays, but he does make educated decisions about his game choices.  Of late, he had been following and playing Big Bang Bingo, buying a ticket every now and then. 

IMG_1389_edit“I’ve actually had the winning ticket for a while, but I didn’t know it,” admitted Johnson.  “I played one and it didn’t win. So I got another one. I kept it. When I thought about it, I kept thinking it was the one that didn’t win. The other day I remembered that I bought a second one.”

Johnson played the second ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes. He was sure it was a mistake when he saw the $50,000 top prize on the game.  No mistake, it was the second top prize on Big Bang Bingo, which has officially ended. 

Johnson says he plans to get a vehicle that will be new to him and then save the rest of his winnings.  The top prize winning ticket was sold from the Idaho Lottery’s vending machine at Winco in downtown Boise.

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“Mr. Blue” Wins $200,000 on Scratch Game from Sandpoint!

BOISE, Idaho – Retirement had been good to Ralph Stuart of Kootenai, Idaho.  But on Friday last week, it got a little better.  The former Blue Cheese salad dressing manager for Litehouse, Inc. in Sandpoint, Idaho claimed the final top prize on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game $200,000 Super Cashword.  His winning ticket was purchased at Babe’s One Stop in Sandpoint the day before. 

Ralph Stuart_$200k_IdahoLottery“I actually bought two tickets.  I played my first ticket and didn’t win on it.  But I just didn’t feel right about leaving the next ticket in the dispenser for somebody else to play.  So I bought it, too,” described Stuart, who has the nickname Mr. Blue for his many years of work at Litehouse.  “The second one turned out to be the big winner.”

Stuart plans to pay down some bills and put the rest of his winnings toward his retirement.

After making the trip to Boise, Stuart left with his winning check and was heading to an undisclosed location for a vacation, preferably somewhere without smoke.

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Twice in a Lifetime! Idaho Falls Woman Claims Second Six-figure Lottery Prize in Three Months!

BOISE, Idaho – There’s an old expression that goes “Some people have all the luck.”  And that phrase may be true for one Idaho Falls woman who claimed her second, six-figure winning Idaho Lottery Scratch ticket in the past three months.  Misty Adams claimed $250,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch GameTM Super Jumbo Bucks late on Wednesday evening in Boise.  Earlier this spring, Adams claimed a $200,000 winning ticket on the Scratch Game Winter Wonders.

IMG_1372_edit“When I won $200,000 last May, I told people it was once in a lifetime.  To win twice in a year, that’s unbelievable!” said Adams. “I’m still in complete and total shock.”

Adams’ winning Super Jumbo Bucks ticket was sold at Quick Stop at 960 John Adams Parkway in Idaho Falls.  Adams is a regular Lottery player and regular customer of Quick Stop.  She usually reinvests her winnings from previous tickets to purchase additional ones.  That was the case this time.

“I stopped in Tuesday night and bought a couple on my way home from work. I played them and then used the winnings the next morning to buy a couple more,” explained Adams on her second big winning experience.  “It was the next ticket that was the winner. I really couldn’t believe it happened again.”

“We were very happy for her to win,” said Victor Singh, manager of Quick Stop. “She’s a regular customer and got pretty excited about it.  That’s two she’s won now in just a few months.” 

Including her most recent win, Adams has claimed a total of $461,000 since last November.  In addition to her two top prize wins, she has five other wins between $1,000 and $2,500.  Currently, Adams is now third on the all-time winners list for players with multiple, top prize wins on Idaho Lottery Scratch Games.

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Jerome Man Claims $300,000 Scratch Game Prize!

BOISE, Idaho – It takes a lot to get Louis Horvath excited.  Evidently, winning $300,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s Triple Platinum Scratch GameTM   was enough.  Always quick with a joke, the colorful, retired worker from a potato manufacturing and processing plant in the Magic Valley claimed the game’s first top prize this morning in Boise on a winning ticket he purchased at Ridley’s in Jerome. 

IMG_1365_edit“I thought I’d get it all in cash bills. Instead I got a piece of paper,” joked Horvath, referring to his oversized souvenir check and the actual winning check.  “I guess I’ll have to go to a bank now.”

Horvath plans to pay down some medical expenses with his winnings and save the rest.

This is the third consecutive big win on the Lottery in the Magic Valley in the past seven weeks.  Previously a Wild Card jackpot winning ticket for $275,000 was claimed from a ticket sold in Twin Falls and a $1,000,000 winning Powerball ticket was claimed from a ticket sold in Shoshone.

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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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