Mountain Home Man Wins $300,000

BOISE, Idaho – Persistence in playing paid off for one Mountain Home man who won the final top prize of $300,000 on the Idaho Lottery Scratch Game VIP Black.  Richard Feldmeier started playing Lottery Scratch Games Tuesday afternoon with $15.  As he won prizes, he kept playing, and he kept winning.  After several winning tickets on a variety of games, he eventually had $50 that he used to buy two VIP Black Scratch tickets at the suggestion of his sister-in-law.

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“I usually don’t play that game, but she talked me into it,” explained Feldmeier on his purchase.  “The first ticket was not a winner, but the second ticket was crazy. It was the big winner.  I thought I was going to faint.”

Feldmeier plans to pay-off his house that he recently purchased then put the remaining amount to good use for his family and community.  His winning ticket was sold at Key Mart Corner Store in Mountain Home.  Feldmeier is the 96th player to win a prize of $300,000 or more and the largest winner from Mountain Home in Idaho Lottery history.

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Weekly Grand Winner!

For the second time in four months, Ransom’s Country Store in Preston has sold a jackpot-winningIMG_2148.JPG ticket.  Long known for selling winning tickets to out-of-state visitors, Franklin County’s latest two big winners have both been sold to Preston residents. 

Shauna Iverson claimed the Idaho-only Weekly Grand jackpot from a ticket she bought for the September 13, 2017 draw. 

“I checked my ticket the next day and I noticed I had matched two numbers and thought, all right! I’ve won a free ticket.  Then I saw I had three numbers and got more excited because I’d won $25!” Iverson explained on how she checked her winning ticket.  “Then I saw I had the fourth number and realized I’d won $200!  When I saw I had matched all five numbers, I ran and told my husband that I’d won the Lottery!”

For winning the jackpot on Weekly Grand, the Idaho Lottery has paid the prize withholding taxes on Iverson’s behalf, meaning she’ll receive a check for $1,000 cash every week for the next year.

Emmett Man Claims $200,000 Winner!

BOISE, Idaho – Robert Johnson stopped in Don’s Market in Emmett to buy some gasoline and a couple of items he needed.  While paying, he noticed the store had a new Lottery Scratch Game, Regal Riches, in the counter display.

“I’d won $100 on the game already a couple of times, but didn’t buy one right then,” explained Johnson on his purchase. “I walked out of the store, then thought about it, turned around and went back in and bought one.”

That turned into a fortunate decision for Johnson who won $200,000. 

“I saw the stack of money bills symbols, and the $200,000 prize under it. My heart started pounding. I didn’t believe it. I even looked at it real close without my glasses to be sure,” said Johnson on discovering he had won the game’s first top prize.

Johnson claimed his winning ticket late on Tuesday afternoon at Lottery Offices in Boise.  He plans to invest his winnings.  Johnson is the third winner from Emmett to claim a prize of $200,000 in Idaho Lottery history.

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Hot Lotto Game to End

BOISE, Idaho The Idaho Lottery has announced plans to end the Hot Lotto game.  After a decade of sales in Idaho, the Hot Lotto game will be retired by the Multi-State Lottery Association with its last draw occurring on October 28, 2017.

“Ending the Hot Lotto game was a decision reached by the member states who participate in the game,” said Anderson.  “In Idaho, we are charged with providing games that responsibly continue to grow our dividends for our beneficiaries.  As part of our business, we routinely replace games with new ones to keep our line-up fresh for our players. We support ending Hot Lotto at this time.”

Hot Lotto, a $1 game that offers Powerball-style play but with lower odds and jackpots starting at $1 million, got its start back in April 2002 and began sales in Idaho October 2007. The game is currently sold by 13 other U.S. lotteries as well as Idaho. This group is working on plans to introduce Lotto America, a new $1 draw game scheduled to debut in November of this year.

In anticipation of the game ending, September 27, 2017 is the last date a player will be able to purchase tickets for ten advance draws for Hot Lotto.  This number of advance draws will reduce by one draw as the end of the game nears.

Mega Millions Commemorates 15 Years with Game Enhancements

BOISE, Idaho – After seven years of success in Idaho, and fifteen years nationwide, the popular lottery draw game Mega Millions will undergo changes designed to bring additional value and excitement to its players.  The changes will begin with sales on October 28, 2017 and go into effect for the first draw which occurs on October 31, 2017. 

“Mega Millions is one of the top lottery games in the country,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “Players prefer games with ever-larger jackpots, so the time was right nationally, and here in Idaho, to introduce these game enhancements.”

Mega Millions new enhancements will include:

  • Better overall odds of winning any prize.
  • Increased starting jackpots: The minimum starting jackpot more than doubles from $15 million to $40 million.
  • Bigger prizes: Players who match four numbers and the Mega Ball will have their prize increased from $5,000 to $10,000 and up to $50,000 with the 5x on the Megaplier feature.  If a player matches three numbers plus the Mega Ball they win $200. And all lower tier prizes will double.
  • Players will select their first five numbers from a set of 70 numbers, and then one Mega Ball from a set of 25 numbers.
  • New Price: Beginning October 28, 2017, Mega Millions will be $2 per play; $3 per play with the Megaplier feature.

 “Over the past few years, we’ve listened to our players who ask for more million dollar winning experiences while keeping the opportunity to play for bigger jackpots,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “These game changes will provide more winning experiences and bring more value to our players.”

 In anticipation of these changes, players who purchase ten advance draws will see fewer to purchase as the game approaches the change on October 28.  The last draw players will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for up to ten draws in advance for Mega Millions is Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The advance ten draw feature for Mega Millions will be restored when the game changes beginning on October 28, 2017.

These game changes only apply to Mega Millions.  Powerball remains unchanged.

For additional Mega Millions game information, visit this site: http://idaholottery.com/megamillionschange/

 HISTORY OF MEGA MILLIONS IN IDAHO AND THE UNITED STATES

Mega Millions began on August 31, 1996, as The Big Game. The first drawing occurred on September 6, 1996, with six states participating: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia. In May 2002, The Big Game was given the new name of “Mega Millions.” On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries, including Idaho, were granted permission to license and sell Mega Millions in their jurisdiction.  Mega Millions is now played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In January 2011, Idaho split a winning Mega Millions jackpot with Washington; with Idaho’s winner claiming $190 million – second largest in Idaho Lottery history.  Today, Mega Millions holds the record for the third and fourth largest jackpots in United States history.

 

Idaho Lucky! $2 Million Powerball Winner Sold for Last Night’s Draw in Ada County

BOISE, Idaho – Powerball luck has found Idaho again!  The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning ticket sold in Ada County matched all five of the first numbers from last night’s $133.2 million Powerball draw and is worth $2 million.  The winning numbers were 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and the Powerball was 24.  

“We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball for last night’s draw to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “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, and also has the PowerPlay feature, which makes it a $2 million winner.” 

Including the two million dollar winning ticket, there were over 5,200 winning Powerball tickets in Idaho from last night’s draw. 

The Idaho Lottery also encourages everyone to sign the back of their tickets prior to presenting them for payment.

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

Powell Wins on Powerball! Rexburg Man Claims $200,000 Winning Ticket Bought in Jerome

BOISE, Idaho – Zane Powell, Rexburg, is Idaho’s big $200,000 Powerball winner.  Powell purchased his ticket from the Valley Country Store in Jerome for last Wednesday’s $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.  It was a prize, though, that almost went unclaimed.  Like many players who do not check their tickets, Powell nearly tossed out his tickets without checking them when he heard the jackpot was won in another state.IMG_2114.JPG

“I don’t play very often,” admitted Powell when he claimed his prize in Boise late yesterday afternoon.  “I had all these tickets laying in a pile and was going to throw them away, but then thought maybe I ought to check them. The winning one said to claim at the Lottery so I hurried here.”

Powell did not know how much he had won until arriving at Lottery Offices in Boise late Thursday afternoon.  He didn’t believe it when he saw his ticket had won $200,000.

“Is that how much it is?” inquired Powell, who was working construction in Jerome when he bought his ticket. “That’s going to make for a nice vacation next winter.”

 He also had another winning ticket worth $16.  With this win, Powell becomes the 199th player to win at least $200,000 from the Idaho Lottery and the sixty-eighth winner of this amount or higher on Powerball in Idaho.

Last week’s $50,000 winner on Powerball has not claimed their ticket.  Players are reminded to check carefully for their winners and to sign the back of their ticket.

Big Winners in Idaho! Powerball Winners Sold in Canyon and Jerome Counties; Idaho Cash Jackpot Winner Sold in Ada County

BOISE, Idaho – Check your tickets carefully for winners!  The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that last night’s $758.7 million Powerball jackpot produced a $50,000 winning ticket in Canyon County and a $200,000 winning ticket from Jerome County.  Both tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. The $200,000 winning ticket also has the PowerPlay which multiplied what is normally a $50,000 winner times four.  The winning numbers from last night’s draw were 06, 07, 16, 23, 26 and the Powerball was 04.  The PowerPlay was 4.

“We often see players who believe they didn’t win because they did not win the jackpot.  In Idaho alone on Powerball, we had 43,492 winning tickets worth a total of $555,801 in other prizes,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. 

In addition to the wins on Powerball, the Idaho Lottery has also confirmed one Idaho Cash jackpot winning ticket worth $97,000 was sold in Ada County for last night’s draw.  Idaho Cash is an Idaho-only jackpot game. 

With the jackpot soaring to the second highest amount in United States history at $758.7 million, the dividends to Idaho are also increasing.  During the current Fiscal Year, the dividend return to the State of Idaho for public schools and the State’s Permanent Building Fund from just Powerball sales is an estimated $3.3 million.

Players have 180 days from last night’s draw to claim their prizes.  All prizes over $599 must be claimed at Idaho Lottery offices in Boise.

The $700 Million Perspective; Powerball Jackpot for Tonight Remains Second Largest

BOISE, Idaho – The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s draw remains at $700 million.  It is the second largest jackpot in Powerball’s history and second largest in United States history.  Tickets are $2 each and must be purchased before 7:55 pm Mountain Time tonight. 

“One Powerball ticket is all you need, but you have to be in it to win $700 million.” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Buying more tickets doesn’t materially increase your odds of winning the jackpot.  Each ticket purchased has an equal chance of winning. Again, you have to be in it to win it. We encourage everyone who would like to participate, to play and have the opportunity to imagine what they would do with their prize, but to please play responsibly and only play what you can afford, not to go overboard.” 

The Idaho Lottery encourages everyone who wishes to participate not to wait until the last minute to buy their tickets as there may be lengthy lines at busy retail locations.

To bring perspective to the life-changing size of the Powerball jackpot for tonight’s draw, here are few potential bucket list or shopping items players might consider:

Residences:

  • One Private Residence: $140,000,000 (The Hamptons’ highest listing with 11.2-acre waterfront estate)
  • One Vacation House: $32,000,000 (Texas mansion with a waterpark for a backyard)
  • One Private Island: $48,000,000 (In Florida, and comes with 26 luxury bungalows and an 18-hole golf course)
  • One Vacation Home in Sun Valley: $25,000,000
  • One Montana Mountain Ski Resort: $3,500,000

Transportation:

  • Two Lamborghini Veneno cars for running errands or zipping to the grocery store: $9,000,000
  • One Private Gulfstream Jet to visit each of your residences during the year: $66,500,000 for the jet, and then add $1.5 M over ten years for your own private pilot; plus $1 million a year for jet fuel
  • One Private Super Yacht, just in case you’d like to sail to your water-based residences: $79,000,000

Business Opportunities:

  • Estimated expansion price for a new Major League Soccer Franchise: $200,000,000 

Celebration:

  • Throw an awesome concert on your super yacht with Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Madonna: $3,000,000

Philanthropic Endeavors in a Trust: $82,500,000

Total: $700,000,000

“The shopping list is intended only to bring perspective to the magnitude of tonight’s jackpot. In the event an Idaho player should be fortunate enough to win the jackpot, there are several steps they should follow before claiming their prize,” said David Workman, Idaho Lottery Public Information Specialist. “First, they should immediately sign the back of their ticket and contact Lottery Offices.  Players have 180 days to claim their prize. We recommend winners take the time to consider their options carefully with advice and consultation of trained professionals in the disciplines of tax, accounting, and finance.”

The Idaho Lottery also encourages everyone to sign their tickets and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize. 

“Good luck, Idaho!” added Anderson.

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