Nothing could be better than having a fresh root beer float on a warm spring weekend. And such was the case in early May for two big Idaho Lottery winners!
On Friday, May 3, Steven Hardy only had vanilla ice cream in the house, so, he took a quick trip over to the Snake River Sinclair store in Blackfoot, which also has an A&W Root Beer store adjacent, to buy his root beer. While he was being rung up, he asked for a $5 Fifty Large scratch ticket. He walked away with a $50,000 winner and his root beer for float making.
“I never thought people like me could win,” said Harvey who plans to save his winnings.
For their part in selling the winning ticket, Blackfoot’s Snake River Sinclair will receive a bonus of $5,000 from the Idaho Lottery.
On Saturday, May 4, all Chris Bleak’s family really wanted was to make 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 Topaz Yellow 7s 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 offices. 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.