BOISE, Idaho – The last and final top prize on the Scratch Game Ghostbusters proved as elusive as the apparitions from the film’s namesake!  But less gooey than ekto-plasma residue, Lisa Black claimed the final top prize of $50,000 on a game she purchased at the Oasis Stop ‘N Go in Jerome on Lincoln.  

“I had no idea that I could win something this big!” exclaimed Black!


BOISE, Idaho – While the weather outside in Meridian on Friday morning was a bit frightful, with blowing snow and cold, John Driskell dropped his son off for school and then set out to do some Christmas shopping before returning to pick him up mid-day.  One of his morning stops was at the Eagle Island Fred Meyer store on Chinden Boulevard.   Before leaving the store, he bought and played a Huge Cash Game Scratch ticket from the Idaho Lottery vending machine and could not believe his eyes.

John Driskell_$250,000 Winner“At first I thought it was just a $25 winner.  Then I scanned it with the Lottery check-a-ticket app on my phone. It said I was a winner and needed to call the Lottery, so I thought maybe it was a $2,500 winner,” explained Driskell.  “I called my wife and asked her to come home and meet me because we had a prize we had to pick up. I didn’t tell her I’d just won $250,000 playing the Lottery.”

After getting their son out of school, the Driskell family drove to Boise.

“When my husband told me we had a prize to pick up, I thought it was an Xbox from one of the radio stations,” explained Driskell’s wife, Kristen.  “Then he turned and drove into the parking lot at the Lottery.”

Only when the ticket was officially scanned for payment by Lottery Customer Service did Kristen know that her husband had won the Huge Cash Game’s first top prize of $250,000!

“I thought it said $25,000, but then I really looked and it said $250,000!” exclaimed Kristen.

Kristen explained that she enters second chance contests all the time, but had not really won from them.  A couple of weeks ago, she and her husband were part of a hotel promotion in Reno, Nevada where she was a finalist for $15,000 cash and a new BMW.

“We got to stay for free for two nights, so that was good.  But I didn’t win the cash or the car.  I guess I’ll take the $250,000 as my consolation prize,” laughed Kristen.

The Driskell family was making plans for their windfall, including investing in their son’s college education fund. 

“Santa’s list for Christmas just got a little bit longer,” joked Driskell as he and his family left Lottery Offices and headed back into Boise’s snowy morning.

Dash Full of Cash – Idaho Lottery Winner Claims $100,000 on Powerball!

What do you normally have sitting on your dash? For Trek Coburn of Garland, UT, not only did he leave something on the dash, he left it there for weeks, something with a very high value!

At the beginning of November Trek drove up to Preston to visit family and pick up some Lottery tickets. “I always buy Powerball tickets and then Scratch tickets for my wife,” said Coburn.

After purchasing his Powerball ticket the first week of November, he left it on the dash of his truck until this morning when he was heating up his truck. “I nearly threw it away since I thought I’d already checked it, but I had it checked again to make sure.”
Until this morning, nearly a month after purchasing the ticket, Trek didn’t know he had a winning ticket. Just hours after checking his ticket, he showed up at the Idaho Lottery office to claim his $100,000 Powerball with PowerPlay prize!
Congrats to Trek Coburn from Garland, UT who won $100,000 on Powerball. Ticket purchased at Kelly’s Conoco in Preston. Trek and his wife plan to pay off bills and put the rest in savings.

Sunday Lottery Surprise For Emmett Man!

Douglas Paulson, Emmett, woke up on Sunday morning with a winning Powerball ticket he did not believe.  That’s because four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball matched the numbers drawn from the night before, making his ticket worth $50,000.

Douglas Paulson $50,000 Powerball Winner“I knew I’d won something since I matched the Powerball,” explained Paulson.  “But then I saw I got that number, and then that number, and then that number, and another number.  I just kept saying to her, ‘I think got something, I think I got something.’ Then I took it back to the store where I bought it and they told me I got something!”

Paulson bought his winning ticket from Shell Emmett.  Paulson said he and his wife plan to put their winning toward a family reunion trip, their retirement, and paying off their house.

Top 10 Luckiest Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Stores!


The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is your best chance at winning $1,000,000, hands down! This year is the 10th Anniversary of Raffle and to celebrate we’ve compiled the TOP 10 Luckiest Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Stores based on having previously sold BIG Raffle prizes and other significant Idaho Lottery wins in years past!

  1. MAVERIK | Karcher Rd & Middleton Rd | NAMPA: This lucky Raffle store comes in at #1, having sold a $1,000,000 Raffle top prize in 2010 to Hilda Floyd! They’ve also sold a couple other famous wins, John Garcia & Eddie Dietrich, who who won $600,000 on Powerball in March of 2008 and Carolina Furdui who won $250,000 on Mega Millions in March of 2012!
  2. MAVERIK | Federal Way & Amity Rd | BOISE: This Maverik on Federal Way in Boise just got a remodel to their store and are hoping to take their TWO high tier Raffle wins and make it three! In December of 2014 Maverik sold a $1,000,000 Raffle top prize to Evelyn Jenkins and a second tier prize of $10,000 to Lorraine Mallet in December of 2015!
  3. JACKSONS | Logan St & Kimball Ave. | CALDWELL: This Jacksons is home to the Massoth family win from 2013, where three Massoth family members collected their $1,000,000 top prize on January 9, 2014. Their winning ticket was sold on November 12 and was ticket #034858.
  4. RIDLEY’S | Hwy 30 | BUHL: Ridley’s in Buhl doesn’t just carry groceries, they carry big winners! Gregg Owen left for the Ridley’s Food store in Buhl the day before Thanksgiving with a grocery list from his wife Cathie that included all the trimmings for a holiday dinner, plus what turned out to be two very important items. One of the Raffle tickets purchased turned out to be worth $1,000,000 from the 2008 Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle!
  5. MAVERIK | Main St & Hwy 95 | WEISERJust as you come across the Weiser river, be sure to stop at this lucky Maverik! In 2011, a group of Walmart employees from Ontario, OR saved up $10 from each paycheck for six month to pool for Idaho’s $1,000,000 Raffle. Each day they would buy a couple Raffle tickets until it sold out. It paid off, because one of the Raffle tickets, #055818 on December 1, 2011 was selected as the top prize!
  6. MAVERIK | Locust Grove & McMillan | MERIDIANMaverik in Meridian is the only store that can boast about having the most recent $1,000,000 top prize! During the 2015 Idaho Raffle, Jacob Christopherson picked up Raffle ticket #087162 on November 28. Jacob’s purchase stemmed from his desire to see what the current Raffle ticket was because he wanted to get the $1,000 prize during the 25,000th promotion. His “random” purchase paid off in a big way, $1,000,000 big!
  7. MAVERIK | Star Rd & State St. | STARMaverik in Star has a fun claim to fame for Raffle by selling the $1,000,000 top prize in 2012 to Mark Rossiter who kept his ticket on the Christmas tree as an ornament well past the New Year. Mark purchased his ticket on November 28 which was ticket #108847. In recent months this Maverik also sold a top prize of $35,870 on InstaPlay Game Big Money Jackpot on October 11, 2016!
  8. LA TIENDA | Main St. & State St. | FRANKLINLa Tienda in Franklin has had lots of luck over the years! In 2011, Brenda Foulger purchased ticket #017731 which turned out to be a second tier prize of $25,000! They’ve also had a handful of Draw Game wins. Since 2006, they’ve had three $200,000 Powerball wins, one $1,000,000 Powerball win, and one $1,000,000 Mega Millions win!
  9. FAST EDDY’S | Ten Mile Rd & Pine Ave. | MERIDIANFast Eddy’s is always a top contender for selling Raffle tickets in Idaho and by doing so they’ve had two $10,000 second tier prize wins! The first was purchased on December 19, 2012 ticket #178040 and the second on November 7, 2013 ticket #020636.
  10. GREENLEAF STORE | Simplot Blvd. & Academy Rd. | GREENLEAFIf you’re in Greenleaf, it would be wise to make a stop for a Raffle ticket! On November 9, 2009, ticket #059388 was sold to Randall Miller. On December 31, one of the best New Year’s gifts someone could ever receive was selected for Randall, a $1,000,000 Raffle top prize!

Luck is everywhere in Idaho. Good luck this Raffle season!


It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

Just before lunchtime, Tim Cochell had just finished a work-related delivery at the Fred Meyer on Orchard and Franklin in Boise when he decided to buy a White Hot Cash Scratch ticket from the store’s Idaho Lottery vending machine.

“I scratched the bar code and then scanned it with the Lottery check-a-ticket app on my phone,” explained Cochell, who works for Heineken.  “Usually it tells me how much I’ve won, like $5, but this time my phone said to call the Lottery, so I knew it was something good.”

img_1845_editAfter scratching the ticket more completely, his White Hot Cash ticket turned out to be the game’s final top prize of $50,000. 

“I wasn’t going to drive around with a $50,000 winner in my truck, so I called you guys to get directions,” said Cochell.

Sporting his green work shirt from Heineken for his official winning photo, within an hour of purchasing his ticket, Cochell had won, and claimed, his $50,000 winner.  With his lunch break over, he was heading back to work to finish his deliveries before finding his own five o’clock somewhere.

Northern Idaho Man Claims $50,000 Powerball Winner!

Per Bjorge from Post Falls didn’t really know what to think when he checked his Powerball tickets and saw that four of the five numbers matched those drawn for last Wednesday night. 

 “They were all the same. Well almost all of them,” explained Bjorge on finding out his ticket was a winner. “It was unbelievable.”

A native of Norway, Bjorge has lived in the United States with his wife for more than four decades.  They moved to Post Falls to be closer to family who reside in northern Idaho.

“This is going straight into the bank,” said Bjorge who is retired.  “It will just help us out.”

Bjorge bought his winning ticket at the Post Falls Super 1 Foods.

Give unto others – Idaho Lottery winner to help others with $100,000 win!

Gary Messinger and his wife were heading home after hitting a bucket of golf balls at the Boise Ranch Golf Course when they stopped by Maverik Adventure’s First Stop on Lake Hazel and Cloverdale in Boise to grab a drink and some Lottery tickets.

“Along with playing Weekly Grand, I usually play the same Scratch ticket for a couple of weeks, and then switch to another, said Messinger. Gary had just started playing Perfect 10 and this was the second ticket he’d purchased thus far. He had the clerk scan the barcode and after hearing the bells and whistles immediately said ‘sign the ticket, you need to go to the Lottery office’!

“I was overjoyed, I thought I’d won $1,000!” said Gary after hearing of his win.

Several people started gathering around Gary, including the manager of the store, because everyone wanted to see the ticket. He had only scratched off the barcode at the time, so he went on to scratch the rest of the ticket. The one number that matched the winning numbers and your numbers was 14. Underneath the 14, $100,000! “The only hard part about winning $100,000, was that I won it on Saturday. I haven’t slept very well the last two night’s in excitement to bring the ticket in Monday.”

Gary plans to help those close to him as he feels that’s how this money that came into his life is meant to be used. “We will likely treat ourselves and go on vacation, but a good portion of this will be to help those in our family.”

First 25,000th Raffle Ticket Claimed!

Time was running out for Jack, as he was finishing up packing for his family’s hunting trip. “I had bought two Raffle tickets for the Early Bird promotion, and when I did, I was 400 away from ticket #025000,” said Jack Keithley of Middleton. The clerk at the store had told Jack that he may want to wait around because when it gets close, tickets start going fast!

25,000th Raffle Ticket WinnerWith a couple things left on his to-do list before leaving town, Jack left the store with the two Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets he had purchased. After running a quick errand, he remembered that he had to pick up some drinks, so Jack stopped by 44 Quick Stop in Caldwell and also picked up another Raffle ticket. “I was 45 tickets away from the 25,000th ticket when that printed out. So I told the cashier, who I’ve known for quite some time, to wait until I say GO to press the button to print the ticket,” said Keithley. The button was pressed and the ticket printed, and the rest is history!

Jack and his wife are building their first home, so this money will go toward the “accessory fund” for the house!

Who’s going to get the 50,000th Raffle ticket? Good luck, Idaho!

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