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.
Meet Michaella Wesselman who departed Rathdrum at 1 a.m. Pacific Time and arrived at Lottery offices shortly after 10 am 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.