January 23, 2013
Christmas Tree Ornament is Raffle Jackpot Winner!
BOISE, Idaho – Twinkling lights and family
ornaments are iconic images and common decorations on Christmas trees during
the Holiday season, but for one Nampa man, a gift to his family that became a
new Christmas tree ornament turned out to be worth $1,000,000. Mark Rossiter
bought an Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle ticket from the Maverik
Store in Star on November 28, 2012, took it home in its orange envelope, and
placed it among the branches of the family’s Christmas tree, hoping they might
win. The envelope, with Raffle ticket
number 108847 inside, became worth $1,000,000 on January 2, 2013 and stayed on
the tree until the family took down their holiday decorations over the Martin
Luther King Day holiday.
were a little slow in taking down our decorations this year,” explained Rossiter when he claimed the winning ticket at Idaho
Lottery offices. “I pulled the ticket
off the tree and went to check the number on the Internet just to be sure it
wasn’t a winner before we threw it away.
When I did, holy moly, we had the $1,000,000 ticket.”
the third consecutive year, a Maverik Store has sold
the top prize in the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.
The Maverik in Star is the company’s newest
location in the Treasure Valley. It is
also the closest location to Rossiter’s residence and
where he buys gas.
went in to buy a couple of Powerball tickets for the big jackpot,” added Rossiter, referring to the record setting $579.9 million
Powerball jackpot in late November. “I bought the ticket as a gift to the
family thinking my odds of winning a million dollars on the Raffle were better
than on Powerball. I guess I was right!”
all Maverik stores sold 9.5% of all Idaho $1,000,000
Raffle tickets. For their part in
selling the winning $1,000,000 ticket, Maverik
receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.
“Maverik would like to congratulate Mark Rossiter
as the winner of the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle. Mr. Rossiter
picked up his ticket at our great store in Star, Idaho. We hope this big win
will be the start of another great adventure!" said Ernie Harker, an Executive Director for Maverik.
next time I play, I’m going to Maverik,” exclaimed Rossiter. He and his
family plan to pay down bills, set aside money for college, and invest the rest
of the winnings.
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