Gone Fishing! Meridian Man Wins $300,000 Spectacular

BOISE, Idaho – According to Ed Cook, there’s a quiet fishing spot along the Boise River in Eagle only he knows about and Sunday morning he was planning on pulling out a couple of trout. On his way to his favorite fishing hole, he stopped at the Fred Meyer on Chinden Boulevard in Meridian to buy some worms.  He also bought a $300,000 Spectacular Scratch ticket from one of the Idaho Lottery’s red vending machines in the store.

“I matched my number and started to scratch off the prize. It was a 3, and those zeroes just kept coming,” laughed Cook as he described what happened Sunday when he scratched his $300,000 winner.  “After that, well, I never did end up going fishing.”

Cook claimed his prize winnings on Monday at the Idaho Lottery Offices in Boise.  He plans to use some of his windfall to pay bills and maybe take a fishing trip or two.

“I might just go fishing the rest of the week,” joked Cook. “And maybe the rest of the summer!”

The $300,000 prize on $300,000 Spectacular is the single largest cash prize ever offered by the Idaho Lottery for a Scratch GameTM.  One top prize remains in the game.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Fred Meyer will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

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