BOISE, Idaho – As a matter of routine, Kathie Spiegler usually reinvests her lottery winnings from her Scratch tickets into new tickets. Last Thursday, Kathie found herself with two, $10 winning tickets. As she finished her shift for the night at Harvest Foods in Wallace, she kept to her usual practice and cashed them at an Idaho Lottery Winstation vending machine and bought a $20, $200,000 Super Cashword ticket.
“I tried to scan the $20 ticket to see if it was a winner at a gas station on my way home, but it was late and the store was closed so I couldn’t have it checked,” explained Kathie.
When she scratched the ticket in her car, she thought she had matched nine lines and had won $5,000. Overjoyed with excitement, she called her husband Justin from the gas station and told him they had won $5,000! When she got home, she showed him the ticket. Justin looked it over and realized she had matched ten lines which was a $200,000 winner.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time and we are so thankful, it will truly be life changing,” said Kathie.
“You know what the government doesn’t make?” Justin asked Kathie when they claimed their prize in Boise. “A $200,000 bill. But the Idaho Lottery does!”
With a family of six, Kathie and Justin said their main goal right now is to make a down payment on a larger home. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Harvest Foods receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.