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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Jenkins Celebrates New Year as Idaho Lottery’s Newest Millionaire

BOISE, Idaho – Evelyn Jenkins ended 2014 by watching the live announcement of the Idaho Lottery’s $1,000,000 Raffle from the Idaho Potato Drop on New Year’s Eve on television.  She’s starting out 2015 as the Idaho Lottery’s 51st millionaire after matching the Raffle winning number to one of the numbers on her five tickets and then claiming her $1,000,000 at Idaho Lottery offices on Thursday morning.

EvelynJenkins_2014RaffleWinner“I saw the winning number on television and I started screaming, ‘It can’t be!’” said Jenkins.  “What a perfect way to end Christmas.”

Jenkins already has plans for investing her winnings.  Jenkins is not available for contact by the media.

“We are excited to have Evelyn as our 2014 Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle winner.  We want to be respectful of her and to the extent possible, honor her request for privacy,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “She has requested the media respect her privacy and not contact her.”

This is the eighth consecutive year the Idaho Lottery has offered the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.  This year there were more than 6,100 winning tickets in the game.  In addition to the $1,000,000 top prize, there were two $10,000 prizes. Both of those prizes were claimed last Friday. One was claimed by Charles Kucera, from Boise who purchased his winning ticket at Gas for Less on Boise Avenue.  The second was claimed by Donn Christiansen from Nampa who purchased his winning ticket at Pilot Travel Center in Mountain Home.

There are still three unclaimed $2,500 ‘Early Bird’ winning tickets from this year’s Raffle. Those winning numbers are: 008684, 035449, and 106654. All players have until June 30, 2015 to claim all their prizes. Only the $2,500 ‘Early Bird’ prizes need to be claimed at Idaho Lottery offices. All remaining prizes may be claimed at Idaho Lottery retail locations.

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Kingston Woman Wins $250,000 on Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Scratch Game

BOISE, Idaho – Even second-time, top prize Lottery winner Cindie Sawyer couldn’t believe what she was seeing after uncovering the final top prize of $250,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Scratch GameTM.

Kingston Woman Wins $250,000 on Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Scratch Game

About three weeks before the end of 2014, Sawyer visited the Beamis-Hico convenience store in Wallace on her way to work and bought an Idaho Lottery 25th Anniversary Scratch ticket.  She won $25 on that ticket.  She returned to the store and bought the next ticket with her winnings.

“When I scratched the next ticket and saw that I won $250,000 I just couldn’t believe it. I took the ticket to work and looked at it under a magnifying glass just to make sure,” confessed Sawyer. “Then I called my husband and told him.  Winning once was exciting, but to do it twice? Unbelievable.”

Sawyer won $100,000 three-and-a-half years ago on the Scratch game $100,000 Big Winner.  Beamis-Hico in Wallace, where she purchased this winning ticket, previously sold a $250,000 winning ticket to Bruce Baraby in October 2009.  This makes Beamis-Hico in the Silver Valley one of the luckiest stores to sell top prize winning Scratch tickets in Idaho.

After winning for the second time in three-and-a-half years, Sawyer plans to invest her winnings and continue working at her job.  For their part in Sawyer’s win, Beamis-Hico receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

With the final top prize claimed by Sawyer, the 25th Anniversary game has officially ended.  Players participating in the game’s second chance draw have until Friday, January 09, 2015 at 11:55 pm MT to enter any non-winning 25th Anniversary Scratch Games for the second chance prize of $25,000. The drawing for the second chance prize will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2015 with the winner being posted to the Lottery’s website by 3 pm MT.

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Fremont County Family Claims $2,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket

BOISE, Idaho – The largest winning Powerball ticket ever sold in Fremont County, Idaho, also became the fiftieth million dollar or higher winning ticket in Idaho Lottery history when the Grende Family of Teton claimed their $2,000,000 winning ticket, sold for last Saturday night’s Powerball draw.

Fremont County Family Claims $2,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket

Don and Pam Grende buy Powerball tickets with the PowerPlay for each draw once a month from the only Idaho Lottery retail location in their home town of Teton, the Go-C-Goe.  On Tuesday morning, Pam was reading the local paper and saw there was a $2,000,000 Powerball winning ticket sold in Fremont County.

Pam checked her tickets and then called to her husband Don to share the news with him.

“I just about fell over,” said Don.

“This just isn’t real,” exclaimed Pam.

Together with their sons, Dave and Dallas Grende, Pam and Don claimed their $2,000,000 winning Powerball ticket from the Idaho Lottery on Friday, January 2, 2015.  The ticket was split equally between the four winners.

The family has lived in and around Teton for nearly four decades.  Pam and Don are retired, with Dallas and Dave considering joining them after the win.

“This is a good start,” said Dave when he received his check.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, the Go-C-Goe in Teton receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $25,000.

The current Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s draw is an estimated $131,000,000.

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“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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