Sometimes luck is being in the right place at the right time, and often luck is what you make of it. For Blake Smith of Boise, both of these rang true as he collected the Idaho Lottery’s first $1,000 prize on the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.
“I was checking my Powerball numbers on the Idaho Lottery website Tuesday night when I noticed a photo for the 25000th promotion on the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle,” said Blake. He clicked on the Raffle photo on the Powerball website, which took him to the main Raffle page. “The raffle counter was somewhere between 22,000 and 23,000 tickets sold, so I decided I’d pick up a ticket the following evening after work.”
When Blake finished work and was on his way home, he stopped at the Jacksons on Overland and Entertainment Way in Boise. Blake noticed that the line was long at the counter, so he decided to get his ticket from the red Idaho Lottery vending machine. “I had $40 on me, so I put $10 in to purchase a Raffle ticket. The number was 024988. I was excited and in shock at the same time. I was so close! I quickly put the other $30 I had in the machine and quickly pressed the Raffle button to print out tickets as fast as possible. Ticket number two, 024991, ticket number three, 024995, and the final ticket I purchased was 025000,” exclaimed Smith!
Blake has played the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle for several years and usually buys around 10 tickets throughout the sale of Raffle. “This is the most I’ve ever won on the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle. I’ll definitely continue to buy Raffle tickets, along with participating in the ongoing 25,000th promotion.”
Blake recently bought a home and plans to use his winnings toward a new fence.