BOISE, Idaho – Castles Corner is putting the magic back into the Magic Valley, one Idaho Lottery jackpot winner at a time. David Cates, from Twin Falls, purchased a jackpot winning Weekly Grand draw ticket for last Wednesday night’s draw from the Castles Corner on Pole Line Road at Parkview Road. Remarkably, Idaho’s last Weekly Grand jackpot winning ticket was also sold at the exact same store last winter.
According to Cates, he has been playing the same numbers since March, after his mother stopped playing them. Two months of keeping his mother’s old numbers alive turned into a jackpot win for Cates, as he became Idaho’s twenty-eighth Weekly Grand jackpot winner and the second consecutive jackpot winner from Castles Corner in Twin Falls.
“Weekly Grand is my game,” said Cates, who is a college student.
The winning ticket was worth $77,380, which after withholding taxes are paid by the Idaho Lottery, earns Cates $1,000 a week, every week, for the next year.
Cates said he’ll put his weekly $1,000 toward his education. He is studying Library and Information Science at the College of Southern Idaho. “I always have a book in my hand; from the first time I volunteered my time at a library I knew that this was the profession I wanted to be in.”
The Idaho Lottery has never had consecutive jackpot winners on a Draw Game sold from the exact same retail location. Weekly Grand is played only in Idaho, with drawings on Wednesday and Saturday nights.