BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô After playing the same numbers regularly for the last eighteen years, Michael Tran's persistence paid off when he claimed a $2,000,300 Powerball prize from last Saturday night's draw from the Idaho Lottery this afternoon.
"I scanned the ticket with my phone last night and it said I had to contact the Lottery office," Tran said about how he discovered he had the big winning ticket. "Then I checked the numbers for Saturday night and they looked very familiar!"
After playing the same numbers for eighteen years, seeing the same numbers as those drawn for Saturday night's draw was a real surprise. Tran's ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball on one line of his ticket, and four of the first five numbers but not the Powerball on another. His ticket also had the PowerPlay feature. The PowerPlay for Saturday night's draw was 3, which applies to the line that matched four of the first numbers, turning his $100 winner into a $300 winner. For the line where he matched the first five numbers, that prize amount is always $2,000,000 with PowerPlay, making his ticket worth $2,000,300.
The winning ticket Tran purchased was from the Winco Foods store located on Fairview Avenue in Boise. For selling the winning ticket, Winco Foods receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $25,000. Tran plans to pay off his house and save the rest of his winnings.
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night's draw is $121,000,000.