BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô Evelyn Jenkins ended 2014 by watching the live announcement of the Idaho Lottery's $1,000,000 Raffle from the Idaho Potato Drop on New Year's Eve on television. She's starting out 2015 as the Idaho Lottery's 51st millionaire after matching the Raffle winning number to one of the numbers on her five tickets and then claiming her $1,000,000 at Idaho Lottery offices on Thursday morning.
"I saw the winning number on television and I started screaming, 'It can't be!'" said Jenkins. "What a perfect way to end Christmas."
Jenkins already has plans for investing her winnings. Jenkins is not available for contact by the media.
"We are excited to have Evelyn as our 2014 Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle winner. We want to be respectful of her and to the extent possible, honor her request for privacy," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "She has requested the media respect her privacy and not contact her."
This is the eighth consecutive year the Idaho Lottery has offered the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle. This year there were more than 6,100 winning tickets in the game. In addition to the $1,000,000 top prize, there were two $10,000 prizes. Both of those prizes were claimed last Friday. One was claimed by Charles Kucera, from Boise who purchased his winning ticket at Gas for Less on Boise Avenue. The second was claimed by Donn Christiansen from Nampa who purchased his winning ticket at Pilot Travel Center in Mountain Home.
There are still three unclaimed $2,500 'Early Bird' winning tickets from this year's Raffle. Those winning numbers are: 008684, 035449, and 106654. All players have until June 30, 2015 to claim all their prizes. Only the $2,500 'Early Bird' prizes need to be claimed at Idaho Lottery offices. All remaining prizes may be claimed at Idaho Lottery retail locations.
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