Chris Stelzner from Nampa is a life-long Los Angeles Dodgers fan. His second favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. So when the two teams won their way to World Series this fall, Stelzner had the opportunity to check-off a lifelong ambition.
“I first considered flying to Boston, but it was too expensive of a trip for me and my buddy,” explained Stelzner. “The next best choice was to drive to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday night.”
That was Stelzner’s plan until Tuesday, the first night of the World Series. Stelzner was at the Car Wash and had purchased a series of 5 Star Fortune Scratch tickets. “I had been playing Ultimate, but they were out of the tickets. The clerk told me this game was new, so I gave it a try.”
At first, Stelzner’s luck was not so good. Tickets 1 through 4 were all non-winners. Ticket 5 won $5. “That’s like kissing your sister, just getting your money back,” joked Stelzner. “Then came ticket 6, nothing, and I was like, this game is terrible. Then ticket 7, nothing, ticket 8, nothing one more ticket and – BOOM! It was the big winner.”
After claiming his prize at Lottery offices in Boise, Stelzner said his life-long trip to Chavez Ravine was about to get an upgrade.
“We were going to make the 13 plus hour drive each way to Los Angeles, but after this, we’re not driving. We’re flying! And maybe going to Saturday night’s game, too!” exclaimed a joyous Stelzner.
As it turned out, Stelzner did bring the Dodgers good luck that Friday night. In the longest World Series game in history (7 hours and 20 minutes), the Dodgers won 3-2 over the Boston Red Sox on a “walk-off” home run by Max Muncy after 18 innings of baseball around 1:30 am MT.
Now that’s how you live on a five star fortune!