Last Thursday, Marcy Newell, Buhl, bought a $5 Black Diamond Cashword Scratch Game from the Twin Stop on Blue Lakes in Twin Falls just before heading to work.  During her break, she scratched the ticket and could not believe her eyes.  She believed she had won $1000 on the game by uncovering 9 words.  She counted them again, just to be certain.

IMG_1186_editOn Tuesday, Newell arrived at Idaho Lottery offices in Boise to claim her prize.  When told her ticket was actually a $50,000 winner, her knees buckled “What?” was all she could ask as she stared in disbelief.

Tears welled in her eyes as the realization set in that her winning ticket was worth fifty times what she thought she had won when she arrived.

“It’s going to savings,” said Newell on her plans for the winnings.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Twin Stops receives a $5,000 bonus.

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“One Number from Retiring!” Idaho has Five ‘Near Miss’ Winning Tickets from the $564 Million Powerball Draw

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery confirmed that Wednesday night’s $564.1 million Powerball jackpot produced five winning tickets that just missed the jackpot by a single number.  Five tickets matched four of the first five numbers, and the Powerball.  Four of those tickets are worth $10,000 and one also had the PowerPlay option and is worth $30,000.  Wednesday night’s winning Powerball numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball was 19.


Two of the $10,000 winning tickets were sold in Ada County, one was sold in Canyon County, and the final one is from Custer County.  The $30,000 winning ticket was sold in Bonner County in Idaho’s panhandle.  All totaled, there were 26,877 winning tickets in Idaho last night worth a total of $235,348.

“Congratulations to all our Powerball winners!” said Jeff Anderson, Director of the Idaho Lottery. “If you haven’t done so already, sign the back of your tickets and keep them in a safe place. All players have 180 days from last night’s draw to claim their winnings.”

Nicholas Wright from Kuna claimed one of Wednesday night’s $10,000 winning tickets first thing on Thursday morning.  His winning ticket, sold at the Stinker Fuel Center by the Albertsons in Eagle, only missed the number 13.

“The number 13 is no longer one of my favorites,” joked Wright when he collected his winnings.  “I was one number away from retiring,”

Shelly Henderson from Caldwell claimed a winning ticket worth $10,000 that was from last Saturday night’s Powerball draw moments after Wright did.  She also echoed his sentiments on missing just one number.

“When my husband called to tell me that we’d won, I told him we were just one number away from retiring!” said Henderson, who’s ticket from Saturday was the only ‘near miss’ ticket that evening.  Her winning ticket was from the Maverik at Ustick and 10th Avenue in Caldwell.

Both Wright and Henderson plan to save their winnings.

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Powerball Jackpot Increased to $500,000,000 for Tonight’s Draw

Boise – The Powerball jackpot is now an estimated $500,000,000 for tonight’s draw.  This is the third largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history and the 5th largest jackpot in the history of the world.  Powerball sales in Idaho have been brisk, increasing by more than 50% over the same period last week.


Players wanting the chance to participate in this evening’s draw have until 7:55 p.m. MT tonight to purchase a ticket. Tickets are $2 each.  The Idaho Lottery is asking participants interested in playing to purchase their tickets earlier during the day and not to wait until the last minute.

The Idaho Lottery does suggest players sign and print their name on the back of their tickets after purchasing them.

“We are seeing a lot of excitement from our players right now.  We strongly recommend that participants in this big jackpot only play what they can afford. It does only take one ticket to win,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

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Idaho Lottery Encourages Responsible Play for Large Powerball Jackpot

BOISE, Idaho The Powerball jackpot is now an estimated $360,000,000 for Saturday night’s draw and the Idaho Lottery is encouraging every participant to play responsibly.

Powerball“When there is this much excitement for a game, we want to remind everyone to only play what they can afford, not to go overboard,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director and national Powerball Game Group Chair. “It does only take one ticket to win.”

“A huge part of the entertainment value comes from imagining what you could do by winning this jackpot,” said Anderson. “Playing a couple of dollars for the chance to win certainly brings a lot of enthusiasm from players.”

“When jackpots are really huge, the number of players in the game expands, with many players joining together buying tickets for their chance to become Powerball’s next big winner,” added Anderson.

Last night’s draw produced 8,879 winning tickets in Idaho for a total of $49,720 in prizes.  There was no nationwide jackpot winner.  The Powerball jackpot is now the seventh largest in this game’s history.  This Powerball jackpot has been steadily growing since it was last won on November 29, 2014 in neighboring Washington.

As the weekend draws closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volumes of player traffic. Players are advised to plan ahead as there may be lines to purchase tickets.

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT on Saturday evening to purchase a ticket to participate in this Powerball draw.

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Rolling Jackpot Winner Claims Ticket On InstaPlay Idaho Jackpot!

IMG_1152_editPeter Mills was on his way home after getting a workout, when he stopped at a Stinker Stations on South Apple St and Boise Ave in Boise to cash a winning ScratcIdaho Jackpot_$62,030 Ticketh ticket. With his winnings, he purchased an InstaPlay Idaho Jackpot ticket after noticing the large rolling jackpot. His ticket turned out to be a non-winner, so he went to his final stop on the way home to pick up groceries at Albertsons on South Apple St and East Parkcenter Blvd.

After getting his groceries, he decided to try his luck one more time on the InstaPlay Idaho Jackpot Game. “The clerk and I were talking at Albertsons about the InstaPlay Idaho Jackpot Game and amazingly, how the jackpot had not yet been hit. I’d won a couple 50s and a couple 100s and confidently told him, ‘I’m going to hit that jackpot’, stated Mills!”

“Surprisingly calm, I remember seeing that I’d won the jackpot when I noticed I had three coins on my ticket and asked the clerk to please scan it, to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. After she scanned my ticket, she exclaimed ‘SIGN YOUR TICKET RIGHT NOW!” said Mills.

Peter could hardly take the grin off his face, as if it were permanently in place, after seeing his real check in the Idaho Lottery office. Peter has been looking for a home and said that this couldn’t have come at a better time, as he will easily be able to put a down payment on a home, while having the ability to put the rest in savings.

Congrats to Peter Mills from Boise, ID who won $62,030 on Instaplay Idaho Jackpot. The ticket was purchased at Albertsons #169 in Boise.

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Luck that lasts a lifetime! Lucky for Life tickets are NOW on Sale!

BOISE, Idaho – Living a long, healthy life just got a $1,000 a day incentive from the Idaho Lottery.  This morning, tickets went on sale for the Idaho Lottery’s newest $2 Draw Game, Lucky for Life. Jackpot prize winners on Lucky for Life receive $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their natural lives.


“It’s luck that lasts a lifetime!” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “The jackpot prize and the second prize on Lucky for Life are true “for life” winning opportunities for players. Both prizes are payable for the entire natural life of a winner.”

Lucky for Life is a $2 Draw Game where the players match five numbers from a pool of forty-eight numbers and then one Lucky Ball from a pool of eighteen numbers to win the game’s life time jackpot prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of their natural life.  Players who only match the first five numbers win $25,000 a year for the remainder of their natural lives.  Both prizes have minimum payouts of twenty years. There is no maximum payout for either prize.

In addition to the game’s jackpot and second prizes, there are eight other one-time cash prize amounts on the game from $3 to $5,000.

Lucky for Life is only played in fourteen states nationwide. Lucky for Life is a new permanent Draw Game in Idaho.  This game is not a promotion and will continue to be on sale just like the other big national jackpot Draw Games – Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, and Wild Card.

Winning number draws on Lucky for Life occur on Monday and Thursday nights at 8:35 PM, Mountain Time.  Players may purchase tickets for the draw until 7:30 PM, Mountain Time on the day of the draw.

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Check-A-Ticket App Confirms $50,000 Final Snow Me The Money Top Prize!

“Snow me the money!” exclaimed Maria Fonseca, Aberdeen, as Lottery officials presented her with an oversized souvenir check for $50,000 in their Boise office. Fonseca claimed the final top prize in the Idaho Lottery’s holiday-themed Scratch GameTM Snow Me the Money on Wednesday afternoon.

IMG_1138_editOn Sunday evening, Fonseca stopped at her local Maverik to play a few Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets.  “I asked the clerk for a Snow Me the Money ticket.  I started to scratch it, saw the snowflake (the winning symbol), and then BOOM! I saw a lot of zeroes!” described Fonseca, a college student at Idaho State University in Pocatello.  “The most I’d ever won before was $10. This is way bigger than that!”

Unconvinced she’d won such a large prize Fonseca used her smart phone and the Idaho Lottery check-a-ticket app to confirm her win. The message instructed her to contact the Idaho Lottery offices about her winning ticket. Three days later, she made the journey from Aberdeen to Boise to collect her prize.

Fonseca plans to share her winnings with her brother, Augustine, a student attending the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.  Both are planning to use the winnings to pay for their college tuition.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Maverik receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $5,000.

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