BOISE, Idaho – On a Friday in mid-April, Elbert Stebbins of Hayden signed papers for a new house. The next day, Saturday, April 13, 2013, he visited the Super 1 Foods in Hayden, Idaho and bought a $2 Weekly Grand draw ticket with the winnings from an Idaho Lottery scratch ticket. What he didn’t know at the time was that later that evening he would become Idaho’s 13th jackpot winner on the Idaho-only game Weekly Grand.
“I recognized I had four of the five numbers,” admitted Stebbins when he handed his ticket to the clerk at Super 1 Foods to check it the next morning, Sunday. “That’s when they said I had to get to Boise to claim my prize, that I’d won it, the whole jackpot.”
Five weeks later, on May 21, 2013, Stebbins arrived in Boise to claim his $77,381 jackpot prize, $1000 a week each week for the next year after taxes are paid by the Idaho Lottery. When asked why it took so long to get to Boise to claim his prize, the understated Stebbins said, “Well, I do live 400 miles away. That’s a long trip.”
Stebbins says his first priority will be to purchase furniture for his new house that he’s since moved in to.
Weekly Grand is only played in Idaho. Players that match all five numbers win the jackpot. Since Weekly Grand debuted in August 2011, there have been 13 jackpot winners including three from northern Idaho. There have been 18 second chance winners on Weekly Grand that have claimed $100 a week for a year. Eight of those winners have been from northern Idaho.
For their part in selling the winning ticket, Super 1 Foods receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $7,738.