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Former BSU Player, Capital High AD Wins $300,000


BOISE, Idaho – The stars aligned for Steve Sosnowski of Boise on Friday afternoon when he purchased and then won $300,000 on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”.  The former Boise State University football player and retired Capital High School Athletic Director purchased his winning ticket from the Fred Meyer in Garden City, scratched it, realized he had won, and immediately came to the Lottery offices to claim his prize.  

“Three days ago, my horoscope told me I was going to come into life changing money,” said Sosnowski.  “This is awesome!”

Sosnowski got another surprise when he claimed his winning ticket.  One of Sosnowski’s teammates from his college days is former BSU standout linebacker and Idaho Lottery Sales Director Larry Polowski who greeted his former fellow player and presented him with his winning check.

“What a great win for a great man so instrumental in the growth of high school athletics at Capital High,” said Polowski.  

Sosnowski plans to use the winnings to help with his retirement plans.  

For selling the winning ticket, Fred Meyer receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.   

Sosnowski won the first top prize on the game Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. One top prize of $300,000 in the game remains.


The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.6 billion in products, awarded more than $2.8 billion in prizes to players, returned $270.9 million in retail commissions, and distributed $1.034 billion in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

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