Jumping for Joy

There are 400 miles between the northern Idaho community of Rathdrum and Boise, 450 if you take divided highway the entire journey.   Evidently winning a $50,000 lottery prize is enough to keep you up at night long enough to make the 400+ mile trek by car instead of just taking the red-eye flight from Spokane the next morning. 

IMG_2328.JPGMeet Michaella Wesselman who departed Rathdrum at 1:00 a.m. Pacific Time and arrived at Lottery offices shortly after 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time the next day, fully alert, chipper, upbeat, and enthusiastic over winning $50,000 on the game Corner Club Cashword. 

“I was jumping for joy when I realized I’d won $50,000!” said Michaella, who claimed her prize alongside her mother who made the trek with her.  “I can’t believe it.  It’s real.  That was the best $5 I ever spent.”

 Michaella bought her winning Corner Club Cashword ticket from the Korner Jifi Stop in Rathdrum yesterday afternoon.  For selling the winning ticket, Korner Jifi Stop receives a bonus of $5,000.

Not one for much sight-seeing, Michaella and her mother were departing Lottery offices immediately to make the return drive to northern Idaho.  Michaella’s jumping for joy may turn into the fastest 24-hour whirlwind from winning to Boise and back again.

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