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.

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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.

Responsible Play, Responsible Winning – Powerball Jackpot over Half-a-Billion Dollars

BOISE, Idaho – The current Powerball annuitized jackpot estimate for Saturday night’s draw is now $535 million. This is the fifth largest advertised jackpot in Powerball’s history and the eighth largest jackpot in US history.  As excitement over this weekend’s jackpot begins to rival that for the Eclipse on Monday, the Idaho Lottery is reinforcing its message to play responsibly and to provide additional information on what playing responsibly means.

“When jackpots reach these levels, it’s important to remind everyone that each ticket has an equal chance of winning as any other ticket.  It only takes one ticket to win,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “It’s also important to remember there are other prizes in the game, up to $5 million for a ticket that matches the first five numbers, but not the Powerball, and has the PowerPlay feature.  Players need to check their tickets carefully after the draw occurs.”

As Saturday night draws closer, the Idaho Lottery recommends the following advice for players who want to participate in this weekend’s big draw:

·       Be patient when waiting to get a ticket.  Get your tickets early and do not wait until the last minute as there may be lines.

·       Be sure to sign your ticket at the time of purchase.  Tickets are bearer instruments and the Idaho Lottery pays the person who signs and presents their ticket for payment.

·       After the draw, check your tickets carefully for winners.  Players can the Idaho Lottery’s free Check-a-ticket app (available at the App Store or Google Play Store).  Players can also check your tickets for winners by visiting the Idaho Lottery’s website, or by using the Lottery’s winning numbers hotline (208-334-4656).  Players may also check their tickets for winners at retail locations by using on-counter check-a-ticket devices or using the check-a-ticket on the Lottery’s vending machines. 

 ·       The Idaho Lottery also encourages players to consider taking the annuity payment when they win. The annuity prize is made in 30 payments over 29 years and pays out the full $535 million amount. 

“Players who elect to take the annuity receive the entire prize over time,” added Anderson.  “Each year, for twenty-nine years after your first payment, you receive a check worth eight figures. And this can be passed on to your estate and beneficiaries in the future.”

Wednesday night’s draw produced 12,583 winning tickets worth $75,690 in Idaho.  The jackpot for Saturday night’s draw remains an estimated annuity prize of $535 million.

Big Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Means Responsible Play

BOISE, Idaho – With $657 million in combined jackpots between Mega Millions and Powerball tonight and tomorrow night, the Idaho Lottery is encouraging everyone who is participating to play responsibly.

 For the first time in Lottery history, both the Mega Millions and the Powerball jackpots are each over $300 million simultaneously.  The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight has been raised to an estimated $350 million while the Powerball jackpot for tomorrow night is an estimated $307 million.

 “When there is this much excitement for our big draw games, we want to remind everyone to only play what they can afford, not to go overboard,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “It only takes one ticket to win.”

“A huge part of the entertainment value comes from imagining what you could do if you won one of these jackpots,” said Anderson. “Playing a few dollars for the chance to win two big jackpots certainly brings a lot of enjoyment for players.” 

Between both games, last weekend’s draws saw a combined 17,653 tickets win $73,832 in prizes in Idaho.

“When jackpots reach these levels, the number of players in the game expands, with many players joining together and buying tickets for their chance to become the next big winners,” added Anderson.

 As the draws get 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.

 To purchase tickets, players have until 7:55 p.m. MT tonight for Mega Millions and the same time Wednesday night for Powerball.

 The Idaho Lottery also recommends players sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize.

Lottery Exceeds Annual Dividend Forecast

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery returned their twenty-eighth annual dividend to the People of Idaho during a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol.  Led by Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman Mel Fisher and the Idaho State Lottery Commission presented Lt. Governor Brad Little with a check for this year’s dividend of $48.5 million.  Over their 28 year history, including this year’s dividend, the Idaho Lottery has returned $792.5 million for the benefit of Idaho public education, the State’s Permanent Building Fund, and the Department of Education’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund.

“The Idaho Lottery has been providing an important resource to our schools since it began 28 years ago,” Lt. Governor Little said.

“It has been a good year for the Idaho Lottery and our accomplishments come as the direct result of solid, professional management and teamwork by the Idaho Lottery and our vendor partners,” said Anderson.  “A year ago, Idaho and the rest of the country experienced a $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot phenomenon that boosted sales and increased

our dividend. Originally, we anticipated a decline in sales for Fiscal Year 2017.  We created a business plan to overcome this anomaly and it worked. Not only have we exceeded last year’s sales without the benefit of a billion dollar jackpot, today we are returning a dividend that is $500,000 more than we originally forecast.”

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During the ceremony, Lt. Governor Little presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra with a $30,312,500 dividend check.  Of that, $18,187,500 is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $12,125,000 goes to the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed $433.15 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

 “With the efforts of the Idaho Lottery, and responsible participation from Idahoans, we continue to see strong 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.”

Lt. Governor Little also presented Jan Frew, the Department of Administration’s Director of Public Works, with a dividend check for $18,187,500.  Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned $359,350,000 to support Idaho’s permanent buildings.

“This year’s dividend would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated, statewide network of nearly 1,200 retail locations who earned their two hundred millionth dollar in commissions this year, and the continued support from our players who participate voluntarily,” added Anderson.

Idaho Lucky! $1,000,000 Powerball Winner Sold for Saturday Night’s Draw

BOISE, Idaho – One lucky Idaho Lottery player’s Fourth of July Weekend is starting out with a million dollar bang. The Idaho Lottery confirmed this morning that one winning Powerball ticket which matched all five of the first numbers from Saturday night’s draw and worth $1 million was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Oneida County along the Idaho-Utah border.  The winning numbers from Saturday night’s draw were 19, 42, 45, 48, 53, and the Powerball was 16.

“We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball for Saturday 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 is worth $1 million.” 

Including the million dollar winning ticket, there were over 5,200 winning Powerball tickets in Idaho from Saturday night’s draw.  With no nationwide jackpot winner, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday night is now $121 million. 

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

Saturday night’s million dollar winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.  Idaho Lottery offices are open on Monday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, but will be closed on Tuesday in observance of the July 4th holiday. 

Just Gravy! Moscow Woman Wins Big Money Jackpot

Connie Elliott of Moscow got the surprise of her life the night of June 12 when she purchased a Big Money Jackpot ticket from Safeway.  She had a number that matched a winning number and under that it said “Jackpot.”

 “I didn’t know what to do, so I asked the night clerk at Customer Service at Safeway.  He was as surprised as I was and said I needed to take the ticket to Boise,” explained Connie on how she found out she had won the jackpot prize of $13,606.

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Connie called her relatives in the Treasure Valley to let them know she was on her way and then set out for Boise to claim her winning ticket.  

“This is just gravy.  I am truly blessed. I have a roof over my head and food on my table,” said Connie when she received her check.  “I’m going to update my passport so I can go to Canada, maybe a take a cruise on the inside passage to Alaska, and save the rest.”

When she left the Lottery Offices, Connie was on her way to celebrate her big win with a family pizza party! Congratulations Connie!!

 

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