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Friday, April 13, 2012
Friday the 13th Winner! Nampa Woman Claims $250,000 Mega Millions
BOISE, Idaho –
Who says Friday the 13th isn’t a lucky day? Certainly not Carolina Furdui
who claimed $250,000 at Idaho Lottery headquarters this morning from a Mega
Millions ticket bought for the historic draw on March 30, 2012. The winning ticket was sold by the Maverik on Karcher Road in Nampa.
“I usually only buy a $1 quick pick when the jackpot gets
really big,” said Furdui of her purchase for the big
draw when she stopped to get gas. “This time, I went a little crazy, I bought a $2 quick pick.”
That turned out to be a lucky decision as the second line on
her ticket was the $250,000 winner. And
perhaps bittersweet was that while Furdui’s ticket
matched all five of the first numbers, her ticket missed the Megaball by only a single number. Her Megaball number
was 24 and the winning number that night was 23.
“I haven’t gotten too caught up in what could have been, this
is great,” said a thankful Furdui who carried the
winning ticket around in her shoulder bag for two weeks before discovering she
had the winning ticket.
The Maverik on Karcher
Road in Nampa is one of the luckier stores in the Treasure Valley, with a long
list of six-figure and higher winners.
In 2008 within a month, this store sold a $200,000 Powerball winner to
Pamela Shoppe and then a $600,000 Powerball winner to John Garcia and Eddie
Dietrich who played after receiving a fortune cookie that said they would come
into a large sum of money. The store
also sold the Idaho Lottery’s 2009 Idaho
$1,000,000 Raffle winner to Hilda Floyd. For their part in selling this
$250,000 Mega Millions winner, the store’s first, Maverik
receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.
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