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.”


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.


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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BINGO is her Game-O! Nampa Woman Claims $100,000 Idaho Bingo Jackpot

BOISE, Idaho – Sandy Pickrel, Nampa, started playing the Idaho Lottery’s new Draw Game, Idaho Bingo about two weeks ago.  Her rationale? “Bingo is just fun!”  That enthusiasm paid off when Pickrel became the Idaho Lottery’s first ever Idaho Bingo jackpot winner of $100,000 on a ticket she purchased at Winco Foods in Meridian.


Pickrel usually checks her numbers on-line at the Lottery’s website. After doing so Thursday night, she thought she’d won maybe $50, so she took the ticket back to Winco Foods on Friday afternoon for them to check it. They did, had her sign the ticket immediately, and told her to take the ticket to the Lottery office.

“I won the Lottery, I won the Lottery, I won the flippin’ Lottery!” exclaimed Pickrel.

After keeping the ticket safe for the weekend, Pickrel brought the ticket to Boise on Monday afternoon, still in a state of disbelief.  It wasn’t until she was handed her big winning check that the realization that she had won truly set in.

“I still don’t believe it,” said the life-long Treasure Valley native. “I’m going to pay some debts then help my daughters with this.  This is amazing. Bingo is definitely my game!”

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

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BINGO IDAHO! Idaho Bingo and Weekly Grand Record Jackpot Winners; Both Tickets Sold in Ada County

BOISE, Idaho – For the first time in Idaho Lottery history, there were two jackpot winners on two different Idaho-only Draw Games in the same night.  Both winning tickets, one on Weekly Grand and the other on the new Idaho Bingo, were sold at different Idaho Lottery retail locations in Ada County.   This is the first $100,000 winner for Idaho Bingo, a new game that launched just six weeks ago.  Weekly Grand pays its winner $1,000 a week after withholding taxes every week for an entire year. This is the twentieth jackpot winner in three years for Weekly Grand.

“Our players enjoy Idaho-only jackpot games and last night’s two jackpot winners have created some excitement in the Treasure Valley,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “We are asking everyone who played Idaho Bingo and Weekly Grand to check their tickets carefully for winners and sign them before presenting them for payment.  In the case of Idaho Bingo, their ticket is unique in that the winning pattern is in the shape of diamond.”

Winning numbers for Idaho Bingo can be found on the Idaho Lottery’s website at:  In the game, the Lottery selects 30 numbers from a pool of 75.  The jackpot winning ticket for Idaho Bingo has matched at least 12 numbers. Players can also check their tickets for winners using the Idaho Lottery’s Check-a-Ticket app or by visiting an Idaho Lottery retail location.


No one has contacted the Idaho Lottery to claim the $100,000 jackpot prize for Idaho Bingo.

By mid-Thursday morning, William Ross of Meridian had claimed the Weekly Grand jackpot prize.  The winning ticket was sold at the Albertsons on Cherry Lane in Meridian.

Ross, who recently moved to Idaho with his wife to be closer to family, won the jackpot on the first ticket he ever purchased on Weekly Grand from a Winstation vending machine.

IMG_1005“I checked the numbers first thing this morning and realized I’d matched all five. I got excited, told my wife, even our dog got excited!” described Ross on finding out that he held the winning ticket.

Being new to Idaho, Ross did not realize that withholding taxes on Weekly Grand are paid on behalf of the winner and that each check each week would come for $1,000.

“Really? Seriously?” Ross questioned Lottery Officials. “Wow. Holy cow.  I’m totally blown away! Thank you and God bless.”

For their part in selling the winning Weekly Grand ticket, Albertsons receives a $7,738 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.

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