Larry Polowski Joins Idaho Lottery as Deputy Director of Sales

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery announced that Larry Polowski has been appointed to the Lottery’s executive team as the new Deputy Director of Sales.  He joins the Idaho Lottery after an extensive and distinguished business career, most recently as the Director of Sales for KTRV Channel 12 in Nampa, Idaho.

LarryPolowski“I am pleased to appoint Larry Polowski to the management team of the Idaho Lottery,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “Larry has been successful throughout his business career. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a fresh perspective to the lottery that will help us to achieve continued success in years to come.”

Polowski accepted the Deputy Director of Sales position following the retirement of Shannon Helppie, who had been with the Idaho Lottery for twenty-four years. 

“When you play the Lottery, all the benefits stay in Idaho. I am looking forward to being a part of an organization that provides meaningful, tangible benefits to the citizens and schools of Idaho,” said Polowski. 

Mr. Polowski attended Boise State University (BSU) where he studied Criminal Justice Administration and was a member of the BSU football team.  Following his time at BSU, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.  He is a 34-year veteran of the advertising and broadcasting business.  In addition to his time at KTRV, his career includes experience as a partner and owner of advertising agencies Canyon Diversified Advertising and The Robert James Agency.  He was also local sales manager for KIDO-AM, an account manager for KIVI-TV, and local and general sales manager for KBOI-TV.  Mr. Polowski is an avid sports fan and has provided color commentary on numerous live television and radio sports broadcasts over the years including Boise State University and the University of Idaho. 

Polowski joins a highly experienced Idaho Lottery executive team that includes Director Anderson (9 years with the Lottery), Chief Operating Officer – Becky Schroeder (25 years with the Lottery), Deputy Director of Marketing – Sherie Moody-St. Clair, (21 years with the Lottery), and Deputy Director of Security – Amber French (19 years with the Lottery).

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California Couple’s Motorcycle Trip Pays Off!

When it comes to family, traveling 864 miles in 14 hours isn’t out of the question for Long Beach, CA couple Cheryl Daniels & Vincent Reyes. It had been a while since everyone in their family was able to come together, so they were happy to make the trip. 

IMG_1763_editCheryl and Daniel were both the first people to say that they might play a couple Scratch tickets here and there, but it’s just when they’re at a convenience store. A family member of Cheryl and Vincent had been been playing a couple of White Hot Cash Scratch tickets with the $10 he had at Jacksons in Meridian, just a short distance from the house, that both turned out to be non-winners. After using the $10 he had to spend on Scratch tickets, he headed back toward home. On his way home he saw Cheryl and Vincent about to leave for a ride on their motorcycles and told them to go to the Jacksons he was just at because he guarantee the next ticket or two would at least be a $5 or $10 winner.

“We stopped by the convenience store as we were leaving for our bike ride and picked
IMG_1764_editup $20 worth of White Cash Scratch tickets. We put them in our packs and held onto them until we got home. Since we don’t play that often, I had my family help me scratch them and figure out if I’d won anything,” said Daniels.

“At first I thought it was an ’S’, so I looked at the instructions to see what that meant; it was actually a $ symbol. After reading that I’d won the prize shown with the $ symbol, my eyes slowly glanced up the ticket to see $50,000! I…I…I was speechless. I thought, there’s no way. 

1958_001[2]After I collected myself and started believing that I’d truly won $50,000, my family told me to download the Idaho Lottery Check-A-Ticket App. After scanning the ticket, it made all kinds of fun noises and told me I had to bring it to the Lottery,” said Daniels.

Cheryl Daniels & Vincent Reyes split their winnings and both receive $25,000. Cheryl plans on depositing her cash and just enjoying the rest of her time with family, “I haven’t had time to even think of what I may do with my winnings, I’m just going to enjoy my vacation and birthday this Saturday,” said Daniels happily. Vincent told us that he’d probably buy some ‘toys’, “I enjoy cars and motorcycles, so I’ll probably use some of my winnings for that and put the rest in the bank,” said Reyes.

Congrats to Cheryl Daniels & Vincent Reyes from Long Beach, CA who won $50,000 on White Hot Cash. The lucky ticket was purchased at Jacksons in Meridian. There is still one top prize remaining.

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Oh So Close, for the Second Time; Utah Woman Claims $100,000 Powerball Prize

Thirteen years ago, Margo Mark from Amalga, Utah matched four of her first five numbers and the Powerball number and won $5,000.  This past Sunday morning, Margo while working in the yard, heard there was a big winner from Franklin County, Idaho, so she checked her Powerball tickets for winners and suddenly felt her heart leap.  Four of the first five numbers matched and she had the Powerball. Again.

IMG_1743_edit“I stopped working and went straight back to Franklin and La Tienda and had the girls check my ticket,” said Margo.  “I wanted to be sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing.”

Margo’s ticket also had the PowerPlay, which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes. 

“If I had had the PowerPlay thirteen years ago, I would have won $20,000 instead of $5,000.  I swore I would not do that again, so I always get the PowerPlay,” explained Margo. “This is twice I’ve had four numbers and the Powerball. Only one number away from the jackpot!”

Times and prizes on Powerball have changed over the past thirteen years. This close brush with winning the Powerball jackpot won Margo a $100,000 Powerball prize. Her winning ticket was sold at La Tienda in Franklin along the Idaho-Utah border.

Margo said she and her husband plan to use their winnings for home improvements and investments.

Congratulations Margo!

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Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew Road Trip!

This summer, the Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew took the ultimate Idaho Road Trip! From Sandpoint to Ashton, the Selkirks to the Sawtooths, and all points in between, we passed through nearly every town, taking the road less traveled along Idaho’s twenty four scenic byways, and celebrating Idaho’s great outdoors and adventures! We partnered with Idaho Tourism and Airstream Northwest Adventures to help promote the Gem State along with our Idaho Lottery Scratch GameTM, Idaho Road Trip, and the game’s $50,000 top prize! If you came out to one or several of the Idaho Road Trip events, thank you so much, we’re so thankful for having spent that time with you. Since we couldn’t actually bring you along for the entire trip, we’ve put together a glance into the Idaho Lottery’s Wooh Crew road trip!

Preparing for the Idaho Road Trip!

Preparing for the Idaho Road Trip!

Our Idaho Road Trip began in Hagerman at Thousand Springs! We had an amazing time at the 1000 Springs Resort and would recommend it to anyone that’s either driving through or wants to get out-of-town for the weekend. We pitched a couple of tents, made a toasty fire, and looked out on the beautiful falls streaming down the cliffs on the opposite side of the Snake River.

Camping at Thousand Springs (Hagerman)

Camping at Thousand Springs (Hagerman)

After a good night’s sleep, we were ready for a big day of fun at the Western Days Parade! In preparation for the parade, the multi-talented Wooh Crew got warmed up by showing off their skills on the disc golf course.

Disc golf before the Western Days Parade (Twin Falls)

Disc golf before the Western Days Parade (Twin Falls)

BALL made an appearance during the Western Days Parade, which had everyone clamoring for a photo opportunity!

Taking photos with BALL! (Western Days/Twin Falls)

Taking photos with BALL! (Western Days/Twin Falls)

During the Western Days Parade, we asked all the locals in Twin Falls the one place we needed to visit during our stay! Hands down, the unanimous consensus was Shoshone Falls.

WOW WOW WOW! We’re so glad we stopped, the water was flowing so fast and crushing down at the bottom. Fun fact: at 212 feet, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls! Click HERE to take a 360 degree tour of Shoshone Falls provided by Visit Idaho!

Shoshone Falls (Twin Falls)

Shoshone Falls (Twin Falls)

After our trip to Twin Falls, we drove northwest along I-84, east along Hwy 21 past Lucky Peak State Park and continued north to Idaho City! Idaho City was once home to over 200 businesses and 7,000 residents in the 1860’s during the gold rush. The Wooh Crew decided to bring back the ol’ western feel by visiting the Idaho City Old Time Photo & Studio for a classic western photo shoot!

Wooh Crew Photo Shoot at Idaho City Old Time Photo & Studio (Idaho City)

Wooh Crew Photo Shoot at Idaho City Old Time Photo & Studio (Idaho City)

Now that we’d satisfied our inner old time western selves, it was time to travel west to the deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon! At 10 miles wide and 7,993 ft deep, Hells Canyon is an absolutely breathtaking, unfathomable sight.

Overlooking Hells Canyon!

From the deepest gorge in North America, to one of Idaho’s most well-known mountain ranges, our next stop was the Sawtooth Mountains…and a couple of must see places along the way!

The Sawtooth Range has 57 peaks that exceed 10,000 ft, and the Range encompasses an area of 678 square miles spanning parts of Custer, Boise, Blaine, and Elmore Counties! There are also nearly 350 miles of trails for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. So the next time you’re thinking of a weekend getaway into the mountains, make sure the Sawtooth’s are on your list!

Sawtooth Mountain Range (Galena Summit)

Sawtooth Mountain Range (Galena Summit)

There are nearly 400 lakes in the Sawtooth Wilderness, and one of the largest is Redfish Lake, where we “attempted” to fish. Our hearts to catch a fish were in it 100%…however, our equipment was a little lacking.

"We're going to catch the big one!" (Redfish Lake)

“We’re going to catch the big one!” (Redfish Lake)

“Who ya gonna call?!” The Wooh Crew! We got the call from our friends in Ketchum and made a stop at the 23rd annual Sawtooth Relay! Since we didn’t want to make anyone look bad, we decided to cheer on the racers this year (cough…instead of running) as they completed a whopping 62 miles from Stanley to Ketchum. We were in awe of all the runners; thank goodness we had a truck and Airstream to take us from place to place!

Ghostbusters Team at the Sawtooth Relay (Ketchum)

Ghostbusters Team at the Sawtooth Relay (Ketchum)

After becoming completely exhausted from watching all those incredible runners, we drove through Ketchum into one of Idaho’s most treasured towns, Sun Valley, and got a tour of the Sun Valley Lodge! From the beautiful rooms and the ice skating rink, to the famous photos on the wall, it was a pleasure!

Taking a tour of the Sun Valley Lodge (Sun Valley)

Taking a tour of the Sun Valley Lodge (Sun Valley)

Sand boarding, yes please! The Wooh Crew’s next stop took them southwest 130 miles to the Bruneau Sand Dunes! Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to the tallest freestanding sand dunes in North America, with the highest reaching 470 feet. So naturally, we walked to the top, strapped on our boards, threw up some peace signs, and flew down…repeatedly!

Sand boarding at Bruneau Sand Dunes!

From tall sand dunes to the powerful raging white water of the Payette River system, we had arrived at the North Fork Championships in Banks; it was time to GET RAD! If it weren’t for us being a part of the Wooh Crew, we totally would have entered our names into the competition!😉

We cannot express our gratitude and amazement enough to the North Fork Championships for yet another incredible event put on in Idaho’s backyard! Best river system in the world? Most definitely! One of the coolest parts of the event was every time a kayaker flew off the ramp, “wooh’s’ were the word/expression of choice by spectators and other competitors! Until next year, NFC, we can hardly wait!

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Who wants to celebrate Emmett’s bountiful harvest? WE DO! Onward Wooh Crew, to the Emmett Cherry Festival! The crowds were electrifying during the 82nd annual celebration of this great event. We were honored to be a part of it! Be sure to put it on your calendar for next year; it’s completely FREE and you’ll have the best time with your friends and family!

Emmett Cherry Festival

If you’ve ever driven east or west along HWY 26, you will understand our shock & awe when we started to see the lava fields as we approached Crates of the Moon National Monument & Reserve! We couldn’t have chosen a better day to visit; t-shirt weather, yet not too warm, and the sky was a perfect shade of blue! We ventured through the lava caves, walked a half mile to the top of Inferno Cone, and learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff at the visitor center.

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View from the top!

View from the top of Inferno Cone!

After a couple days of camping, considerable walking and hiking, and hours of driving, we were delighted to lay our heads in what epitomized class and comfort! We had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa during this portion of the Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew Road Trip! If you’re ever in Victor, ID and need a place to stay, book your night here. You can thank us later!

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Who wants to make a pit stop and go tubing? We had a blast soaking up the rays and cooling down while floating the Portneuf River at Lava Hot Springs!

Tubing the Portneuf River at Lava Hot Springs!

Once we dried off, we hopped back in the Ford and pulled our Airstream to the next destination. To be honest, going into our next stop we were extremely curious and a little worried. The Enders Museum and Hotel has been thought to have some paranormal activity. While none of the Wooh Crew members “admitted” to being scared or having seen any ghosts, we are happy to say we made it out alive!😉

In all seriousness, the Enders Building is really remarkable! The world around us is constantly changing and becoming more modernized, but the Enders Building prides itself in its historic preservation since 1917; in 2002 it even won an Orchid Award for Excellence in History Preservation by the Idaho Historic Preservation Council.

We survived Enders Hotel & Museum!

On this next portion of the Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew Road Trip, we made our lip syncing talents known at the Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre! We had the honor of hanging out with great people, celebrating big wins at the Idaho Lottery booth, and singing along to the legendary rockers BOSTON and STYX! Please, please, sing along, and come sail away with us!

After “singing” our hearts out and getting a good night’s sleep, we were ready for our next adventure; northern Idaho, here we come!

Approximately 480 miles from Pocatello and the previous night’s concert at Portneuf Heatlh Trust Amphitheatre, was the destination of our next stop; Wallace, Idaho! Along with caffeine and ‘More Than A Feeling’ playing in our heads, we had something in store that would keep us awake and energized during the next 7 hours of driving. The Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew was going zip lining!

We made it to Silver Streak Zipline Tours in Wallace, ID!

We went on Facebook LIVE for the entire Zip Line experience!

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Wooh Crew Zip Lining at Silver Streak Zip Line Tours!

When we showed up, we had no idea that we would be partaking in an 1,800ft descent from high up in the forest, FLYING at 65 mph! Nervous? YES! Anxious? Absolutely! Excited beyond expression – DEFINITELY! With all this fun happening during the Idaho Road Trip, there was no way that we weren’t going to include our Idaho Lottery fans on the zip lining adventure – click HERE to watch the video we did live!

And what would a trip be without visiting the ‘Center of the Universe’? Who knew it was right in our backyard – Wallace, Idaho!

The 'Center of the Universe' in Wallace, ID

From Wallace, the Center of the Universe, we continued northwest and made a stop at a very special place to the State of Idaho, the Cataldo Mission. The Cataldo Mission was designated a registered national historic landmark in 1962 by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, and commemorates and illustrates the history of Idaho.

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As we drove further up into the Panhandle, our next stop was Sandpoint and the wonderful Lake Pend Oreille! We walked around the Sandpoint City beach, as well as did some window shopping in the quaint downtown area!

Moscow Farmers Market

We learned that in the early days in Sandpoint there was quite a transportation problem. For most people there were two ways of getting around – walk or ride a horse. On September 17, 1909, that all changed, when the town acquired a streetcar! The cost of riding the streetcar was fair. It cost 20 cents to ride from Sandpoint to Kootenai, with a round trip costing 30 cents. It cost 20 cents to get to or from the train depot. Workers could ride the cars for $1.00 a week while the school children paid 50 cents a week.

streetcar1aThe following day, after loving our time in Sandpoint, we started to make our way south. The next several days took us to Coeur d’Alene, the Moscow Farmers Market, Grangeville Border Days, and then the 4th of July in McCall.

While visiting Coeur d’Alene, we put on our walking shoes and trekked around Tubbs Hill. Tubbs Hill is a 120-acre natural preserve set aside for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The park is named after a German immigrant, Tony Tubbs, who was Coeur d’Alene’s first justice of the peace. This is the perfect place to take a hike on trails around the hill, with great views of the lake, a swinging bridge to navigate and access to secluded beaches.

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Tubbs Hill – Coeur d’Alene

Ever wonder why they call Coeur d’Alene the lake city? ‘That Guy’ has it summed up pretty well here!

We brought our WOOH further south HWY 95 to Moscow for the Moscow Farmers Market and enjoyed local art, delicious fruit, and an incredibly inviting atmosphere! The Farmers Market is a very popular Moscow tradition and was established in 1977. If you visit, make sure you stop by Calhoun’s Family Fruit as we did; their peaches are a mouthwatering treat!

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'That Guy' feeding a goat!

‘That Guy’ feeding a goat!

Out next stop took us to another spectacular place for recreation in Idaho, Grangeville! A popular place for outdoorsmen, summer and fall open seasons are great for Salmon and steelhead fishing, as well as hunting deer, elk, and turkeys in the nearby forests.

If that weren’t enough, THE VIEWS! Can you believe this overlook!!?? These rolling hills felt like they were never ending!

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Another big reason people flock to Grangeville in the summer: RODEO! Here we are singing the National Anthem at Grangeville Border Days, Idaho’s oldest rodeo; getting the festivities started!

Grangeville Border Days

We were amazed at what all these rodeo folk can do! Click HERE to watch our Facebook LIVE video from the event.

Have you ever been to McCall on the 4th of July!? It seems like the entire State of Idaho was there to celebrate the special occasion! During our time in McCall, we hung out at Shore Lodge, walked along the city beach at Payette Lake, and all through the town spreading WOOH!

McCall hasn’t always been a resort town! Originally a logging community, its last sawmill closed down in 1977. McCall is a year-round destination, known for its Winter Carnival, extended winters, and one of the highest average snowfalls in the state!

Shore Lodge - McCall, ID

Shore Lodge – McCall, ID

That Guy repping his red, white, and blue shades!

This trip has been an absolute whirlwind! Along with all of the fun stops, we had 27 retailer events throughout the State. During these events we gave Idaho Lottery players the opportunity to win prize packs, and anything from music festival tickets to FREE Idaho Road Trip Scratch tickets on the prize wheel! One of the highlights of these events had to be the Idaho Trivia & Corn Hole. Players would be selected to play Idaho Trivia, and for each question answered correctly they would receive a corn hole bag (up to 4). Then, for each corn hole bag they made in, they would get a FREE Idaho Road Trip Scratch ticket and the chance to win a Wooh! Camp Chair.

After traveling for 5 weeks, and covering over 4,000 miles, we just can’t imagine anywhere any more beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us on the Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew Road Trip – WOOH!

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Idaho Lottery Returns Record Dividend of $49,500,000 to People of Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – During a ceremony at Valley View Elementary School in Boise, the Idaho Lottery commemorated their record-breaking twenty-seventh year of operations by returning its largest-ever dividend to the people of Idaho.  The Idaho Lottery Commission presented Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter with a dividend check for $49,500,000, a 10% increase over last year’s dividend.

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“Each year, the Idaho Lottery delivers on its commitment to support Idaho public schools and our State’s permanent facilities,” said Governor Otter.  “Fairness and integrity are at the heart of the Lottery’s daily mission and all their operations. This commitment is the driving force behind their ability to provide the people of Idaho with essential dividend revenues year-in and year-out.”

“The Idaho Lottery had its most successful year of operations in history; selling more products, awarding more prizes, and today, returning more dividends to the citizens of Idaho than in any previous year,” announced Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “Our achievements today would not be possible without our statewide retailer network, our vendor partners, and everyone who plays the Lottery. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our good causes.”

On behalf of Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, Chuck Zimmerly, Idaho Department of Education Community Relations Officer accepted a dividend check from Governor Otter for $30,957,500.  Of today’s amount, $18,562,500 is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $12,375,000 is for the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed over $402 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

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“With the efforts of the Idaho Lottery, and responsible participation from Idahoans, we are seeing record distributions that will provide additional funding for schools,” Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said.  “We look forward to how this disbursement will positively impact schools, and how it will continue to provide support in the future for schools and students to achieve.”

The Lottery ceremony was held on the grounds of Valley View Elementary in west Boise to showcase how Lottery dividend dollars are translated into meaningful projects that improve student safety and scholastic achievement.

Dr. Don Coberly - Boise School District“Given the age of some of our schools and the growing cost of maintenance, the Idaho Lottery funds play a critical part in ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and patrons,” said Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent of the Boise School District. “Thanks to funds from the Idaho Lottery, nearly 450 students, 55 staff members, hundreds of parents and countless community members now have a school entryway that can safely handle the influx of cars, buses, and students who come to this every school day.”

Also joining the ceremony from the Pocatello School District was Brenda Miner, Wilcox Brenda Miner-Wilcox Elementary School PrincipalElementary School Principal. Last year, her school built a wall around their computer lab, resulting in improved testing scores for her students.

“Last spring with the help of our district’s Capital Improvement Funds, which are in part money donated from the Idaho Lottery, we were able to “wall off” the computers and make a safe and secure place for testing and other yearlong technology projects,” said Miner. “Our students had the opportunity to take their State ISAT tests in a quiet, private, and secure testing location.  There are always many factors that play into the success of student achievement; I believe our above State average scores in grades 3-5 were influenced by the improved testing environment.”

Governor Otter also presented Randy Steed, Vice-Chairman for the Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, with a dividend check for $18,562,500 million.  Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned over $341 million to support Idaho’s permanent buildings.

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“Since 1989 the balance of our Permanent Building Fund has been strengthened with annual proceeds from the Idaho Lottery,” Steed said. “With the backlog of maintenance needs identified in our state facilities, lottery moneys have helped us address the most critical requirements such as life-safety improvements, and the conservation needed to extend the life of our physical assets.”

Andy Kersten - Dividend PresentationAlso, attending the ceremony was Andy Kersten, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho. The Lionel Hampton School of Music Building was constructed in 1950. He says that recent facility improvements to the Lionel Hampton School of Music is about providing great facilities to promote great learning.

“The Lionel Hampton School of Music is a nationally accredited program that serves hundreds of students each semester. From our famous Vandal Marching Band to our many choirs and ensembles, students from all areas of the university use the School of Music building,” said Dean Kersten. “The recent renovation of the Haddock Performance Hall, and now the much-needed roof replacement, have allowed us to provide an updated learning space where University of Idaho students can transform and grow. We are grateful to the Idaho Lottery for their support of Idaho education and the Permanent Building Bund.”

The Idaho Lottery ended its Fiscal Year on June 30, recording $236.1 million in annual sales, awarding $153.8 million in prizes to players, and retailers earning $13.8 million in commissions – all new Idaho Lottery records. 

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Cascade Man Claims $250,000 Scratch Game Prize!

BOISE, Idaho – On Saturday morning, long-time Cascade resident Stanley Thurston went to Howdy’s Gas & Grub for coffee just like any other morning.  He had intentions of cutting firewood that day.  And like he does once a week, he picked up a few Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets to play.  Shortly after starting to play, Thurston got a big surprise when he uncovered the first $250,000 winner on the game Cash Money Blowout.

IMG_1733_edit“It was the second ticket.  The ticket with the big prize on it. I didn’t believe it. I started checking it with everyone to make sure I was really seeing what I was really seeing,” explained Thurston about discovering his big win.  “I called my wife Karen, and she didn’t believe me at first. Then I called my boss to let her know I wasn’t coming in to work on Monday because I’d won $250,000!”

An employee of the US Forest Service, Thurston does plan to return to his job on Tuesday.  He said he plans to invest his winnings and take his wife on a cruise next winter.

“Christmas might even be a little better for everyone in the family, too,” he admitted after receiving his check.

This is the largest winning ticket ever sold in the town of Cascade.  One top prize remains on the Scratch GameTM Cash Money Blowout.

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$150,000 Powerball Winning Ticket Sold in Kootenai County!

BOISE, Idaho – One lucky Idaho Lottery player from northern Idaho has 150,000 additional reasons to smile today.  The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning Powerball ticket from last night’s $302.5 million draw has matched four of the first five numbers, and the Powerball.  In addition, the Powerball ticket has the PowerPlay option. This ticket is worth $150,000.  Last night’s winning numbers were 03, 15, 29, 54, 57 and the Powerball was 10. The PowerPlay for last night’s draw was 3.

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“We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball in the northern Idaho area last night to check their tickets carefully for winners and sign the back of them immediately,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “In addition to last night’s big winner, there were 6,500 winning tickets in Idaho that won prizes worth $190,000.”

PowerPlay is a multiplier feature on regular Powerball tickets. For an additional $1 per play at the time of purchase, players can multiply all prizes of $50,000 or less by the number selected for the draw. Last night’s PowerPlay number was 3, turning this $50,000 prize into a $150,000 winner.

This is the second Wednesday in a row where a winning Powerball ticket with PowerPlay sold in Kootenai County matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball, and is worth $150,000.  Last Wednesday’s winning ticket remains unclaimed.

There was no jackpot winner from last night’s Powerball draw.  The new estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s Powerball draw is $333 million.  The Idaho Lottery encourages all who participate in Saturday night’s draw to do so in a responsible manner.

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