NEWS AROUND THE NATION – February 2018

 

NEW YORK

Mom Wins $5 Million on Ticket She Did Not Intend to Buy

A New Jersey mom won $5 million because a cashier misunderstood her request for a scratch-off ticket.

Oksana Zaharov, 46, asked a clerk at a Manhattan convenience store for a $1 scratch-off

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ticket, but instead was given a $10 Set for Life ticket, the New York Lottery announced last week.

“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” Zaharov said in a statement. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”

The mistake turned into millions.

Zaharov will receive her winnings in 19 annual

payments of $260,000, and an additional payment of $60,000. Then, she’ll continue to receive an annual net payment of $172,068 for the rest of her life, according to the lottery.

She told the lottery her children will now have a “loan-free college education,” and a family vacation in the Bahamas.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

POWERBALL MYSTERY WINNER

New Hampshire’s $559.7 million Powerball jackpot winner may be getting ready to claim

the big prize, but remains a mystery as the winner has yet to come forward.
Maura McCann, spokesman for the New Hampshire Lottery, said Sunday that a call came in to the lottery offices late Friday from someone asking about payment options for the grand prize from the Jan. 6 drawing.

The caller did not leave a name; the winner’s identity remains a mystery, McCann said.

The winning ticket was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack.

McCann said the winner will need to have the ticket validated, as is the case for any

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jackpot regardless of size, and has up to a year from the drawing date to claim the prize.

“This is how we kind of expected the process to go,” McCann said.

The winner has the option of taking $559.7 million in payments spread over 30 years or a lump-sum cash option of $358.5 million.

The winner also has the option of remaining anonymous, as New Hampshire’s last Powerball jackpot winner did in 2016.

The $487 million jackpot was claimed through a trust known as the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust. The winning ticket was purchased at a Hannaford in Raymond.

FLORIDA

Mega Millions: This Florida 20-Year-Old ‘Retired’ After Winning $451 Million Jackpot, Here’s How he Plans to Spend the Money

A 20-year-old Florida man said he hopes to “do some good for humanity” after winning the $451 Mega Millions jackpot. Shane Missler won his prize in early January when he matched five winning numbers and the “Megaball” to claim the fourth largest prize in Mega Millions history.

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“Oh. My. God,” he wrote on Facebook on January 5 after learning of his win.

He has chosen to claim the prize in a $281.2 million lump sum payout, rather than several payments over a period of years.

He told the Florida Lottery he intends to use his newfound wealth to buy a new home in Tampa, pursue a “variety of passions,” and help others.

“I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way, and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future,” Missler said in a statement. “I have always been one to encourage the idea of chasing dreams and I believe life is about the pursuit of passion. I am 20 years old and my journey has only just begun.”

Missler, who has “retired” from his job as a background screening worker, said the first person he told about his good fortune shortly after seeing his numbers come up was his brother. The following morning he said he broke the news of the win to his father over a cup of coffee.

The winner told Lottery organizers he believed in the power of a positive thinking and that the win had not come entirely as a surprise. He said he had “a feeling” that he might be fortunate.

“The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!” he tweeted on January 7.

Missler tweeted a photo of a book by businessman Gary Vaynerchuk which he gives the “thumbs up”, and added: “Young entrepreneur in the making.”

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News Around Idaho – February 2018

DETOUR NETS WINNER $150,000
While traveling between Idaho and Utah for a Foo Fighters concert in mid-December, Eugene Lewis and his wife made a quick travel stop at the Top Stop in Malad.  After freshening up, they purchased a Powerball ticket before continuing on their journey.  Two weeks later, the couple found themselves in Boise collecting on their winning ticket – a ticket which matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball, plus had the PowerPlay.

When he checked the ticket, Lewis called his wife and said, “What do you win if
IMG_2235 you match four of the first five and the Powerball?”  She replied, “A lot of money! I hope you had the PowerPlay, too!”

He did.  Matching four of the first five numbers wins a player $50,000.  Lewis’ ticket, though had the PowerPlay, which multiplies non-jackpot winning tickets by the number selected for the draw.  On December 13, that number was 3, turning his $50,000 ticket into a $150,000 winner!

Lewis says he plans to invest his winnings for future retirement.  That and he might consider joining a country club to play golf.

WOMAN CARRIES $50,000 WINNER IN PURSE FOR TWO WEEKS
Would you carry around $50,000 in your purse for two weeks?  Probably not, but that’s what Powerball winner Barbara Rediker from Boise unknowingly did.

Rediker matched four of the first five IMG_3039numbers and the Powerball on a ticket she purchased for the December 20, 2017 draw at the Big Smoke on Overland.   After her purchase, she tucked the ticket away in her purse until just before New Year’s when she finally checked the ticket.

“It said to claim at Lottery, but I didn’t know for how much,” explained Barbara.  “Then we looked it up online and I saw we’d won $50,000!  I signed the ticket immediately.”

Barbara claimed her prize along with her daughter Kimberly.

“I know, I’ve been carrying around $50,000 in my purse for two weeks,” she said.  “We’re going to put it to good use.”

She checked the ticket last Friday night, but due to work was not able to claim the ticket until today.  She plans to put aside a little for a new house and pay off some bills with her winnings.

HEART OF GOLD
For Susan Poole, taking care of others at the sacrifice of herself has been a way of life for IMG_2251many years.  But after years of caring for sick friends and family, this Boise-transplant had her heart of gold rewarded when she claimed the top prize of $50,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game 24 Karat Gold.  Yes, the prize and the game name seem fitting.

After many tears of joy, Susan asked, “Is it real?” when she was handed both her souvenir check and her winner’s check.

And true to her spirit, when asked about her plans for her winnings, she offered she was going to slightly improve her living situation but will definitely use the windfall to help care for others.

Congratulations, Susan!

CASH BLAST!

More winners, more often, in more places!  During the month of March, players who purchase any Powerball with PowerPlay ticket will have a chance to be one of 100 random $1,000 winners.  You won’t know where or when it’s going to happen, but the more Powerball with PowerPlay tickets you purchase, the greater the chance you have to win $1,000!

Here’s how it works: When the Powerball with PowerPlay ticket is printed and it is a random winner, a trumpet sound will play and a voucher for the $1,000 will print out! This will happen 100 times during the month of March all across Idaho.

All $1,000 prizes must be claimed from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise, either in person or through the US Mail.  To claim your prize, you’ll need your voucher and your corresponding Powerball with PowerPlay ticket (or a copy of it).Facebook.jpg

New to PowerPlay?  PowerPlay multiplies non-jackpot winning Powerball tickets up to $2,000,000!  The cost to add PowerPlay to your Powerball ticket is $1 per line played.  Each draw, a random multiplier number from 2x to 5x (or up to 10x if the jackpot is less than $150 million) is selected.   If you have a winning ticket, your PowerPlay will multiply those winnings by the number chosen for that draw!

To view our Powerball with PowerPlay prize chart click HERE.

Be sure to add PowerPlay to your Powerball tickets during the month of March.  Each ticket with PowerPlay has the chance to win.  Buy your ticket, listen for the trumpet sound, and enjoy winning one of the 100 random $1,000 prizes or even the Powerball jackpot itself!

All in the Family; Boise Woman Wins $103,000 Idaho Cash Jackpot Prize!

BOISE, Idaho – About seven months ago, Harold Gray won $1,000 playing the Idaho Lottery Scratch Game Super Triple 7s.  Not to be outdone, his wife, Yvonne Gray, claimed a $103,000 jackpot from the Idaho-only, Idaho Cash Draw Game yesterday.

IMG_2269.JPG“Mine has a couple of more zeroes on the end than his did,” laughed a thrilled Yvonne in reference to her husband’s win last June. “He’s jealous, but we’re keeping it all in the family!” 

Introduced in the spring of 2017, Idaho Cash is an in-state jackpot game, meaning the $1 tickets are only available for sale at Idaho Lottery retail locations.  The game is drawn on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and features a rolling jackpot that begins at $20,000 and grows until it is won.  Yvonne became the fourth Idaho Cash jackpot winner on this game. 

“I like Idaho Cash because it’s only in Idaho,” said Yvonne, explaining why she played the game. “I felt lucky, bought the ticket for only the second time, and voila! I won!”

Joining Yvonne when she claimed her ticket was her son, Alex.  He says now it’s his turn to win one of the really big jackpots, like Powerball, which has even more zeroes on the end. 

Yvonne bought her winning ticket from the Albertsons located on Ustick and Five Mile in Boise.  This is the fourth, six-figure and higher winning ticket sold at this Albertsons, making it the luckiest Albertsons location in Idaho.  They previously had sold a $390,000 winning ticket on Lucky for Life in 2016, a one million dollar Powerball winner in 2012, and the jackpot prize on the Winner Take All Raffle game in 2011.  For their part in selling the winning ticket, Albertsons receives a bonus of $10,300.

Glenns Ferry Man Wins $200,000 on Holiday Scratch Game

BOISE, Idaho – Being in the right place at the right time has won Kevin Gonzalez $200,000 and made him the largest Lottery winner from Glenns Ferry.  Gonzalez, and his wife Maria, stopped to get gas on Friday night at the Price Less Mini Mart in Glenns Ferry.  As part of their stop, Gonzalez picked up a single A Wreath of Franklins Scratch ticket. 

IMG_2264“We don’t play that often and I never really thought anyone ever wins big,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez claimed the last top prize of $200,000 on the holiday-themed game A Wreath of Franklins.  His win officially ends that game.

“I didn’t believe it. I thought it was a fake,” said Gonzalez.  “I checked it on my phone with the app and it said to contact the Lottery.  We took it back to the store, and it said I needed to come to Boise to claim my winnings.”

 

Gonzalez signed his ticket and kept it safe all weekend until claiming his winnings on Monday morning at Lottery Offices in Boise.  The couple are exploring options for how to use their winnings.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Price Less Mini Mart in Glenns Ferry receives a bonus of $20,000.

Northern Idaho Woman Claims $1,000,000 Lottery Raffle Prize

Post Falls, Idaho – There’s an old saying that success can often be attributed to showing up.  In the Lottery world, winning is accomplished by buying at least one ticket.  Today, one northern Idaho woman proved both of these adages true when she received her winning check from Idaho Lottery officials for $1,000,000, the top prize in their game the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.

Lisa Clough has long been a regular Idaho Lottery player and member of the Idaho Lottery’s VIP Club. In early December, she received an e-mail from the Idaho Lottery inviting her to attend a special promotional night hosted by the Idaho Lottery and 103.9 BOB FM (KBBD – a Radio Spokane, radio station) at the Super 1 Foods store in Post Falls.  Her decision to attend and purchase Raffle tickets was worth $1,000,000.

RaffleWinner.jpg“You got extra holiday tickets for each Raffle ticket you bought at the Super 1,” said Lisa, explaining her decision.  “I thought it sounded like a good idea to get my tickets then, so I sent my son to the store to buy two for me.”

The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle game ended on December 31, 2017 and the winning numbers draw occurred on January 2, 2018.   A few days after the draw, Lisa checked her tickets using the Idaho Lottery’s mobile check-a-ticket app. 

 “We checked our tickets with the app and it said to call the Lottery.  So we did,” said Lisa. “I told the gal on the phone the number I was checking and she told me ‘Congratulations’ and that I was holding the $1,000,000 winning ticket. I was little bit shaky after that.”

Lisa received her $1,000,000 check during a media event today at the Super 1 Foods store where the ticket was originally sold that night.  For their part in selling the winning ticket, Super 1 Foods receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.  This is the largest winning ticket ever sold by Super 1 Foods. 

Lisa says she’ll take time to consider what to do with her winnings. Right now, she’s getting used to being the Idaho Lottery’s 59th millionaire.

“Sometimes you don’t believe your eyes,” said a happy Lisa when she received her check.  

Lisa is not available for further comment.  She has also requested privacy surrounding her win.

 

Heart of Gold

For Susan Poole, taking care of others at the sacrifice of herself has been a way of life for many years.  But after years of caring for sick friends and family, this Boise-transplant had her heart of gold rewarded when she claimed the top prize of $50,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game 24 Karat Gold.  Yes, the prize and the game name seem fitting.

IMG_2251.JPGAfter many tears of joy, Susan asked, “Is it real?” when she was handed both her souvenir check and her winner’s check.

And true to her spirit, when asked about her plans for her winnings, she offered she was going to slightly improve her living situation but will definitely use the windfall to help care for others.

Susan’s winning ticket was sold at the Jacksons store located on the corner of Ustick and Maple Grove.

 Congratulations, Susan!

It Only Takes One Ticket to Win!

Vinson Young is a firm believer that it only takes one ticket to win.  Usually, he buys no more than two or three tickets, but most often he only purchases a single ticket for big jackpots like Powerball and Mega Millions.

IMG_2247.jpgOn Wednesday night last week, Young’s lone Powerball ticket, purchased from a vending machine at Fred Meyer on Chinden and Linder in Meridian, matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.  He cashed in the $50,000 winner today at Lottery Offices in Boise.

“The number I missed was only three off the number that night,” said Young referring to how close he came to winning the entire Powerball jackpot. “I guess it does just take one ticket to win!”

 

Would you carry around $50,000 in your purse for two weeks?

Would you carry around $50,000 in your purse for two weeks? Probably not, but that’s what Powerball winner Barbara Rediker from Boise unknowingly did.

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Rediker matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball on a ticket she purchased for the December 20, 2017 draw at the Big Smoke on Overland.  After her

purchase she tucked the ticket away in her purse until just before New Year’s when she finally checked the ticket.

“It said to claim at Lottery, but I didn’t know for how much,” explained Barbara.  “Then we looked it up online and I saw we’d won $50,000!  I signed the ticket immediately.”

Barbara claimed her prize along with her daughter Kimberly.

“I know, I’ve been carrying around $50,000 in my purse for two weeks,” she said.  “We’re going to put it to good use.”

She checked the ticket last Friday night, but due to work was not able to claim the ticket until today.  She plans to put aside a little for a new house and pay off some bills with her winnings.

 

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