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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New Year. New Millionaire. Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Goes on Sale Halloween Morning

BOISE, Idaho – Orange is back on Halloween morning when the eighth annual Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle from the Idaho Lottery goes on sale at 4 a.m. Mountain Time with a guaranteed jackpot prize of $1,000,000 by New Year’s Eve.

“All of our Idaho-only games are met with enthusiasm from our players, in particular the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.  It is always one of the most anticipated games of the year by players and holiday shoppers,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “This game has become a gift giving tradition. With a lot of prizes and the best odds offered to win a guaranteed million dollars in Idaho, we look forward to selling this game out before Christmas.”

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This year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle offers more winning experiences than any of the previous seven years for this game, with a total of 6,163 prizes.  New this year are four early bird prizes of $2,500.  At pre-determined intervals in ticket sales, the Idaho Lottery will select one winning ticket to receive a $2,500 cash prize. The winning ticket will still be eligible to win another prize, including the $1,000,000 jackpot. The first early bird draw will occur after the 10,000th ticket is sold. Early bird prize winners may claim their $2,500 prize prior to the official end of the game, and must do so from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

                Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Early Bird Draw Schedule

Ticket 000001 – 010000 – $2,500 prize

Ticket 010001 – 040000 – $2,500 prize

Ticket 040001 – 100000 – $2,500 prize

Ticket 100001 – 200000 – $2,500 prize

Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle represents the best odds offered by the Idaho Lottery to win $1,000,000 – guaranteed.  In addition to the top prize of $1,000,000, there are two prizes of $10,000 and 6,160 other prizes. Here’s the prize breakdown:

Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Prize Table

One (1)                                               $1,000,000

Two (2)                                                   $10,000

Five hundred sixty (560)                           $250

Five thousand, six hundred (5,600)          $25

Only 250,000 of the $10 tickets for the game will be sold. The Idaho Lottery anticipates tickets will sell quickly, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. No additional tickets will be issued once the last ticket is sold. Tickets will remain on sale until 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time on December 31, 2014 or until the last ticket is sold, whichever occurs first. Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets will be available for purchase anywhere Idaho Lottery Draw Games are sold.

On New Year’s Eve, someone in Idaho will be holding a ticket worth $1,000,000.  The Idaho Lottery will announce this year’s winning Raffle numbers LIVE during the famous New Year’s Eve Potato Drop in downtown Boise before an anticipated crowd of 40,000.  The winning announcement takes place at 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

“As with all of our games, we encourage everyone to sign their tickets as soon as possible,” said Anderson. “Tickets are bearer instruments and we pay whoever presents them.

Players will need to keep their tickets in a safe place until just after the holidays. The $1,000,000 top prize and the two $10,000 prizes must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters in Boise.  All other prizes in the game may be claimed at any Idaho Lottery retail location after the winning numbers announcement on New Year’s Eve.

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Twin Falls Store Sells Second Lucky Winning Powerball Ticket; Nevada Man Claims $2,000,000 Prize

BOISE, Idaho – Great opportunities at a young age have found Idaho’s latest Powerball millionaire.  Cody Jueden, 20, from Elko, Nevada claimed the $2 million winning Powerball ticket sold at a Twin Falls Stinker Store that is quickly gaining a reputation for being a lucky place to play the Idaho Lottery.

JuedenWinnerPhotoJueden, a welder by trade, visited Twin Falls last weekend along with his fiancé, Brianna Benefield.  Before leaving town on Sunday afternoon, Jueden stopped at the Stinker Store at 880 Shoshone Street in Twin Falls to purchase a few Powerball tickets.

“It worked out pretty good, although I still don’t believe it,” said Jueden when he claimed his ticket in Boise.  Then, after looking at his actual check, he added, “I’ve never seen so many zeroes before. This is a great opportunity for us.”

Jueden’s winning ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball from Wednesday night’s draw. His winning Powerball ticket included the PowerPlay option. PowerPlay is an additional $1 per play at the time of purchase that multiplies non-jackpot winning tickets up to $2,000,000.

With a wedding planned in Twin Falls in a year-and-a-half, Jueden says he’s planning to pay off his house, his truck, and then invest wisely for his and his fiancé’s future life together.

This is the second seven figure winning ticket sold at this Stinker Store location in the last two years.  In February 2012, Bill and Mike Edson split a $1,000,000 Powerball prize sold from the exact same retail location.  That winner was the first “Match 5” sold in Idaho that was worth an automatic $1,000,000. With the PowerPlay option, Jueden’s ticket this week was worth $2,000,000. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Stinker Stores receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $25,000.

There was no jackpot winner on Powerball nationwide Wednesday evening.  The estimated Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s draw is $125,000,000.

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Powerball luck finds Idaho with a $2 million winner sold in Twin Falls County

BOISE, Idaho – Someone who purchased a Powerball with PowerPlay ticket for last night’s $110 million Powerball draw is holding a ticket worth $2 million. The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Twin Falls County matched the first five numbers of last night’s draw, but not the Powerball, and has the PowerPlay option. The winning numbers for last night’s draw are 29, 30, 40, 42, 50 and the Powerball was 16.

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“Idaho continues to be a lucky place for players to play and win big prizes on Powerball.  Last night in addition to the $2 million winner we also had over 3,400 winning Powerball tickets that won other prizes,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball for last night’s draw to check their tickets carefully for winners and to sign their tickets prior to presenting them for payment. Too often we see players not match the Powerball and think they do not have a winning ticket. In this case, the ticket matched all five of the first numbers, has the PowerPlay option, and is worth $2 million.”

PowerPlay is a $1option, selected at the time of purchase and increases non-jackpot winning tickets up to $2 million. A ticket that matches the first five numbers is worth $1 million, however, for the extra $1, that ticket is now a $2 million winner.

Last night’s big winning ticket is the Idaho Lottery’s 31st $1 million or higher winner on Powerball and the 51st $1 million or higher winning ticket in Idaho since 1989.

Last night’s winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

There was no jackpot winner nationwide for Powerball.  The new estimated Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s draw is now $125 million.

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Meridian Woman Claims $300,000 Top Prize; Lottery Pays out $600,000 on Three Tickets to Meridian Winners in a Week

BOISE, Idaho – Karen Stoneberg capped off a busy week of large winners at the Idaho Lottery Friday morning when she claimed a $300,000 winning ticket on the Scratch GameTM First Class Fortune.  Stoneberg stopped at Fast Eddy’s on Ten Mile in Meridian on her way to work and purchased the ticket.

IMG_1024_FB“I scratched the ticket in the parking lot and when I saw it was $300,000, I ran back inside and had them check to make sure I wasn’t crazy!” described Stoneberg.  “I´ve been very lucky with this game. I’ve won $100 and $200 prizes regularly, but I never expected to actually win the top prize of $300,000!”

Within an hour, Stoneberg had found her way to Lottery offices in Boise to claim her prize. She plans to use her winnings to buy her first home, a truck, and help her daughter with some bills.  She becomes the 76th player in Idaho Lottery history to win at least $300,000.  For their part in selling the winning ticket, Fast Eddy’s receives a bonus of $20,000.

Stoneberg was the third six-figure winner this week from tickets that were all sold in Meridian.  On Tuesday, Kenneth Jones of Nampa stopped at the Jacksons on Eagle and I-84 in Meridian with his daughter for lunch.

“We got a car wash then stopped in for a cheeseburger, a fish and fry, and a couple of Scratch tickets,” described Jones. “We left with $200,000!”

Jones’ ticket was the second Winter Wonders Scratch ticket in the first pack distributed byIMG_1018_FB that Jacksons location.  Tickets had gone on sale earlier that morning.  The first ticket was bought by his daughter.  She and her dad split the top winning prize.

“I’ve played scratch tickets all over the country, in every state, but I like Idaho’s the best!” exclaimed Jones when he claimed his winning ticket.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Jacksons received a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

IMG_1011On Monday, Sandy Pickrel of Nampa won $100,000 on the new draw game Idaho Bingo. She bought her ticket at Winco Foods, also in Meridian.

“This has been a very lucky week for winners in Meridian,” said David Workman, Idaho Lottery Public Information Specialist.  “On Monday we had a $100,000 winner, on Tuesday we had a $200,000 winner and on Friday we had a $300,000 winner. I can’t recall a time when we’ve had this many six-figure winners in a single week, let alone from the same town.”

 

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Return to Sender: Portland Woman Claims $50,000 Prize by Mail

At 99.92% sold through, for the past several weeks, the Idaho Lottery has been waiting and wondering who, if anyone might be holding the last top prize of $50,000 on the $5 Bonus Play Cashword Scratch GameTM.  Dedicated Lottery players have been canvasing Idaho and every retail location looking for any available tickets to purchase and the location of the final top prize on the game. Today, the winner was identified and the ticket was formally presented for payment.  The story of the winning ticket, although unbelievable, is true.

Last June, Mary Fahlman of Portland, Oregon was visiting her daughter who lives in Post Falls, Idaho.  She bought a $5 Bonus Play Cashword ticket from the Jifi Stop on Appleway in Coeur d’Alene.  Fast forward to mid-July when Mary believed she had a $1,000 winning ticket on her hands.  She obtained a claim form from the Idaho Lottery’s website and completed her paper work.  In early September, she finally mailed her claim forms, photocopy of photo identification, and signed winning ticket to the Lottery in Boise for payment.  There was only one minor hiccup.

She forgot to put postage on the envelope.

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A month later, the envelope, with its contents still intact was “Returned to Sender,” back to Mary’s residence in Portland with a bright red stamp that read “Postage Due” and listing the amount owed.

Realizing her error, and still believing she’d only won $1,000, Mary put her claim forms, photocopy of photo identification, and signed winning ticket into a new envelope and took it to the United States Post Office where she sent it to the Idaho Lottery in Boise by Registered Mail.   The winning ticket arrived in Boise on October 9, 2014.

$50,000_BONUS PLAY CASHWORD_Idaho LotteryUnaware she had won a much larger sum than $1,000, Lottery officials contacted Mary to find out the story of one of the most sought after tickets in Idaho and to let her know her good fortune.  After hearing the ticket’s odyssey (at least 2,000 miles traveled through three states), Lottery officials informed her that it was a remarkable trek for a ticket that was not worth $1,000.  Notably, Mary was disappointed until Lottery officials informed her winning ticket was the top prize of $50,000.

“OH MY HEAVENS! I’M OVERWHELMED!” exclaimed Mary, “My goodness gracious.  This is the most wonderful news I’ve heard. That was the best $6 I ever spent!”

Mary plans to put the winnings into her savings account while she decides what to do with her new found windfall.  For selling the winning ticket, Jifi Stop in Coeur d’Alene receives a bonus of $5,000.

And for all their work, the United States Postal Service received $6.59 in postage due and sincere gratitude.

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