CARPOOL TO THE LOTTERY?
They arrived at the Lottery only a few minutes apart. Complete strangers who live maybe a dozen miles from each other nearly 300 miles away in another state. Hyrum Haworth and Brittany Sessions both found themselves in the Idaho Lottery’s winner lobby about mid-day one Monday in June. Haworth held a winning Huckle-buried Treasure scratch ticket worth $30,000 while Brittany held a winning Macho Nacho scratch ticket worth $50,000.
“I think I saw you at the rest area near Bliss,” laughed Haworth. “We could have carpooled.”
Haworth was visiting the Boise metro area over the weekend, attending an event with his wife near Payette. His ticket was purchased from Jacksons on Eagle Road near the I-84 interchange. Even though the couple knew the ticket was a winner, they returned to Utah on Sunday so Haworth’s wife could go to work on Monday while Haworth drove back to Boise to claim the prize.
Haworth said he plans to pay off some bills with his winnings, including paying off a motorbike he has in the garage at home.
Meanwhile, Sessions claimed the first top prize on the game Macho Nacho shortly after Haworth. Her $50,000 winning ticket was purchased while on one of her regular trips to Malad’s Chat & Chew along the Idaho-Utah border last Saturday.
“I didn’t really believe it. I even tossed it in the air after everyone was telling me I’d won,” said Sessions who became teary-eyed when she was handed her winning check. “It’s just allergies.”
Sessions plans to take her family on a trip to southern California and then save the balance of her winnings.
For selling the winning tickets, Jacksons receives a bonus of $3,000 while the Chat & Chew in Malad receives a bonus of $5,000.
SAME TWIN FALLS STORE SELLS TWO BIG WINNERS
It’s not too uncommon for a single Idaho Lottery retailer to sell a couple of big winning tickets inside of a year. A little more uncommon to sell those inside of a month of each other. But to have TWO tickets on two different games claimed on the same day from the same store by two different people? Now that’s unheard of.
But that’s exactly what happened on Monday, June 25, 2018 when Hayden Pratt from Twin Falls claimed $5,000 on Triple Golden Cherries, a Scratch Game he purchased at the Oasis Stop N Go at the corner of Kimberly Road and Locust Street.
And not too long after Pratt won, so did Nancy Pedraza from Caldwell. She won $1,000 on the Scratch Game, Regal Riches. Her winning ticket was also purchased at the Oasis Stop N Go at the corner of Kimberly Road and Locust Street.