BOISE, Idaho – Penny Sower, Caldwell, is used to seeing winning Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets. It’s her daily form of entertainment. And four years ago, she won $1,000. And while she’s an avid player, she certainly was not expecting to see a $100,000 winner on the Scratch GameTM High Rollers on Thursday night.
“At first I thought I’d scratched the ticket wrong because of the amount I’d won,” explained Sower. “I sure did a lot of staring and double-triple checking my ticket to be sure it won what I thought it won! This one has a couple more zeros on it than the last big one I had.”
Sower had made an impromptu stop Thursday evening at the Jacksons Store on 2420 E. Linden Street in Caldwell to pick up a few tickets and pass the time before meeting her sister and brother-in-law, Bob and Patty Kiser.
“I had some extra time, so I stopped in the Jacksons close to where I was,” continued an excited Sower. “Once I discovered I really had the winner, I called my sister and told her she needed to get to where I was right away!
Her sister and brother-in-law joined Sower for moral support at the Idaho Lottery offices in Boise when she claimed her prize. After claiming the second top prize on High Rollers, the retired 33-year veteran from Simplot plans to use her winnings to support her retirement. Two top prizes remain in the High Rollers game.
For their part in selling the winning ticket, Jacksons receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $10,000.
“It doesn’t matter if you win $1,000 or $100,000 the Lottery always treats you like you won a million bucks,” added Sower. “Somebody has to win. Today, I’m the somebody!”