All Chris Bleak’s family really wanted on Saturday afternoon were some homemade, root beer floats. Bleak left his home with oldest son, heading for a store across town in Idaho Falls to shop for ice cream and root beer, but before going too far, he realized he needed gasoline. He stopped in CCJ located at 3480 1st Street in Idaho Falls to fuel up. While doing so, he bought a $5 Yellow Topaz Scratch ticket from the Idaho Lottery.
“I was in a hurry, so I just scratched off the bar code and handed it back to the clerk,” explained Bleak. “It came up ‘claim at Lottery’ so I immediately asked the clerk for the ticket back and signed it right there. I didn’t know how much I’d won.”
Bleak then scratched the ticket and realized he had won $70,000. Stunned, he nearly left the store without filling up. When he called his wife, she didn’t believe him at first until his son got on the phone to explain what was going on while Bleak filled up his gas tank to make it back home.
It was midnight before the family realized they never did get the ice cream and root beer for making floats.
Two sleepless nights later and a long drive to Boise, Bleak claimed his $70,000 winner at the Idaho Lottery on Monday morning. Bleak and his wife plan to pay off some bills then decide later what to do with the remainder of their winnings.
For their part in selling the winning ticket, CCJ receives a $7,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.