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Idaho Lottery’s Response to IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Unfortunately, Stage Four has been extended to July 10, 2020 due to increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases in certain areas of the Gem State. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

It’s more than a Scratch ticket, it’s a work of art

As summer blossoms and spring is left in our wake of recovery, the Idaho Lottery is kicking-off our summer campaign in coordination with the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation that celebrates Idaho’s scenic treasures, our State parks. As sunshine abounds, Idahoans will once again have the opportunity to celebrate our State’s great outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, paddling, and all other forms of summer activities will once again take prominence.

At the center of our summer celebration is the Idaho Parks Scratch game, one of the most scenic series of $5 scratch tickets we’ve ever offered. If you think there’s something familiar about the look of the game that features 11 collector’s edition, individual tickets, you would be right. The Idaho Parks series was designed by renowned Idaho-artist, Ward Hooper. The nostalgic, vintage style of Hooper’s designs yearn for a period of yesteryear and beckon the recollection of simpler times spent outdoors under starry nighttime skies. Whether it’s waterskiing on Bear Lake, star gazing through the observatory at Bruneau Dunes, camping under the towering pines of Ponderosa, or sailing past the soaring mountain peaks on Lake Pend Oreille at Farragut – everyone has a favorite outdoor pastime at one of Idaho’s magnificent State parks.

“For personal reasons, Winchester Lake State Park near Craigmont is still my favorite,” admitted Hooper on some of his personal connection to Idaho’s parks. “I went camping there as a boy scout. It’s closest to my heart.”

Hooper has been designing artwork in the 1930’s/1940’s style for over 17 years. His work has included designs for Brundage Mountain and Bogus Basin, along with the City of Boise and for Coeur d’Alene. The graphic designer says his art is best described as “Norman Rockwell meets a Steve Miller Band album cover,” using modern technology to create that 1930s feel.

Idaho Parks & Recreation commissioned Hooper to make a series of nostalgic posters for their parks. He drew inspiration from personal visits and photographic research. As he describes it, “I’m not trying to create a reproduction of the park of itself. For that you hire a professional photographer. I’m trying to create the mood, the experience of the park itself.”

For those who are looking to collect all the game ticket art there are eleven parks featured on this game. The parks are: Bear Lake, Bruneau Dunes, Castle Rocks, Farragut, Harriman, Lake Cascade, Lucky Peak, Ponderosa, Priest Lake, Round Lake, and Winchester Lake.

The game features two top prizes of $50,000 for players to win. If the ticket is a non-winner, players still have a chance to win through a series of second chance opportunities. Players can enter the 8-digit, alphanumeric App Code on the front of their non-winning Idaho Parks scratch ticket to play a game to reveal entries into the Ultimate Idaho Adventure prize, drawn at the end of the game. This package offers players their choice of staying in a fully furnished, park accommodation and a personal interpretive program with an interpretive park ranger at one of the following State parks: Harriman State Park, Castle Rocks State Park, or Ponderosa State Park. In addition, the winner will receive $3,000 in cash. This prize will be awarded upon the official end of the Idaho Parks Scratch game.

There will also be weekly drawings while the game remains on the market. Players who enter their non-winning tickets will be eligible to win a weekly $500 cash and adventure pack prize.

So take a minute this summer to celebrate Idaho’s great outdoors by playing the Idaho Parks Scratch game that’s more than a Scratch Game, it’s a work of art. Plus it will be fun for the whole summer, and into the fall.

And remember, when playing the Lottery, please play responsibly and when recreating this summer, please recreate responsibly Idaho.

CELEBRATE THE HEART OF A SCHOOL

They are the heart of the school, critical for facility operation and eventual academic success. They are essential, and in the snowy, cold winter months of Idaho, vital to the school’s overall well-being. Their warm welcome on a frosty morning is inviting and comforting for the students and faculty who trek, sometimes across long distances to spend their days in academic pursuits. One might think we’re talking about a school’s support staff or the lunch crew, or even a school’s administrator. These are more important than all of them for without them, a school could not operate in the cold environs of an Idaho mountain winter.

Boilers.

Many of Idaho’s school facilities have a lot of years behind them. While some of the modern facilities in the Gem State have 21st century HVAC systems to heat and cool their schools, there are plenty of Idaho public schools still operating with mid-20th century boilers to handle the job of heating a school. Maintaining the boilers is a less expensive route for districts and schools than completely replacing them. To the students, teachers, staff, and parents, they’re thankful these continue to operate during Idaho’s long, cold winter months.

As part of the Idaho Lottery’s dividend, the monies we return to the Department of Education are then transferred to local school districts with the requirements the funds be used for maintenance and operational repairs. One of the most common pieces of school equipment fixed every year are boilers. So much so, that during the school year of 2018-2019, nineteen different districts and schools across Idaho either replaced or repaired their boilers and boiler systems.

So “Happy Rad Heating Boiler Replacement Day” to everyone. Help us celebrate and congratulate these districts and schools on their boiler improvements to make a safe learning space for the leaders of tomorrow.

American Falls Joint School District
American Heritage Charter School
Camas County School District
Cassia County Joint School District
Clark County Joint School District
Freemont County Joint District
Genesee Joint School District
Jefferson County Joint School District
Kootenai County Joint School District
Kuna Joint School District
Mackay Joint School District
Marsh Valley Joint School District
New Plymouth School District
Orofino Joint School District
Richfield School District
Salmon School District
Soda Springs Joint School District
South Lemhi School District
Teton County School District

Lottery Response to COVID-19 June 15 Update

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho has now successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working as we now enter Stage Four which runs through June 26, 2020. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our claim office is now open. Please continue to practice safe distancing and all other practices that have allowed us to get to this point in the process of responding to the pandemic. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize. The Idaho Lottery is continuing pay all winning tickets above $600 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Lottery Response to COVID-19 May 29 Update

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Governor Brad Little’s leadership during this unprecedented time has been exceptional and I’m proud of my Idaho Lottery colleagues and all Idahoans as we have successfully completed both Stage One and Stage Two of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working as we now enter Stage Three. Full details of Governor Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

We will continue to provide products for sale at our retailers. Winning tickets under $600.00 may be claimed at those locations.

Our claim office is scheduled to remain closed until June 15, 2020 when all of Idaho moves to State Four. However, the Idaho Lottery is continuing responsible operations and will pay all winners. For winning tickets above $600.00, please either mail them to us or drop them off for payment at our Boise office. For information on claiming tickets of $600.00 or higher, visit: https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Luck Blossoms in Idaho

Luck, like spring, has blossomed across Idaho. While luck has found our players, it has also found many retail locations. Over the past two months we’ve paid winners from every corner of Idaho, including some significantly huge prizes. We want to take a moment to highlight a few of these winning retailers, some of whom will be familiar and some will be newcomers to the Lottery’s lucky retailer list.

Starting off the ‘shout-outs’ is the luckiest store in America. Jacksons #10 on Orchard by the I-84 freeway in Boise is the only retail location in the United States to ever sell two, jackpot winning Powerball tickets. Just this week, the store sold the first top prize of $300,000 on the Scratch Game Midas Touch to Sarah Ray of Ontario, Oregon.

Joining the list of lucky retail locations, and making this claim during the height of the Stay-Home/Stay-Healthy orders is the Winco in Eagle. This store sold the largest winning ticket ever on the game Idaho Cash, $381,000 to a regular player and shopper. About seven weeks later, the same store sold the last top prize of $200,000 on the Scratch Game Idaho 2020 to another regular player.

Eastern Idaho has seen its share of big winners including a $97,771 winner on Idaho Jackpot sold at the Albertsons in Ammon and a $200,000 winner on Powerball sold to a local player at Bucks, KJs on Sunnyside in Idaho Falls; both this week. In southeast Idaho, there was a $31,333 winner on Big Money jackpot sold at the Fast Stop in Franklin back in April to Lung Hnem of Logan, Utah.

Big winning tickets have turned up at retailers in the Magic Valley as well. Keith Henslock of Kimberly won $248,892 on Ultimate Diamond Jackpot from the Maverik in Kimberly. In Twin Falls, a local man won $250,000 on the Scratch Game $250,000 Extreme Cash Cashword from a ticket purchased at the Oasis on Blue Lakes in Twin Falls. And back at the end of March, a Bliss woman won the first top prize of $200,000 on Idaho 2020.

And in northern Idaho north, the luck continues. Coeur d’Alene resident Dennis Williamson won $200,000 on Pharaoh’s Fortune from a ticket he bought at the A&D Mini Mart in Coeur d’Alene. And Timothy DeMaine from Spokane bought a winning $50,000 Syringa Slingo ticket from DJ’s EZ Mart in Old Town.

Perhaps the luckiest stores of all, though, are the winner of the Favorite Retailer contest that ran alongside the Name That Scratch Game contest. See if one of your favorite stores is on this list:

SUPER 1 FOODS in Rathdrum
MAVERIK on Thain in Lewiston
FRED MEYER on Fairview in Meridian
SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG on Addison in Twin Falls
KJ’S SUPER STORE in Malad City
MAVERIK on Woodruff in Idaho Falls

Congratulations to all our winners! Here is to the luck continuing as spring transitions into summer!​

Notus Elementary School

“We all know that due to COVID19, “school” looks very different these last nine weeks,” said Notus Elementary teacher Jen Wright. “We would like to provide “Family Field Day” buckets to our 140 families at Notus Elementary. All our end of year celebrations have been canceled, including field day. We would love to provide “field day” in a bucket. These buckets would have activities and items for families to host their own field days at their home to celebrate their end of distance learning at home.”

The buckets - which will include things like water balloons, beach balls and Otter-Pops - were distributed to students and also included their summer reading logs and end-of-year awards!

Island Park Charter School

“With the COVID-19 closure of schools, we shifted to online learning,” said Island Park Charter School teacher Connie Day. “I suspect we may have other times when we will need to teach/learn remotely in the fall and winter. The supplies and books you are providing will make this much easier and more effective. Students will be able to continue “hands-on” lessons even when we are meeting remotely.”

Island Park Charter School opened last year, running entirely on community donations and volunteer teachers. Prior to the school’s opening, students spent 3-4 hours every morning on a school bus! The new school has impacted the entire rural community by allowing elementary school studnets to learn and grow in their own community.

This classroom wishlist will not only help students currently learning remotely in Island Park, but will also continue to impact students next school year.

Pocatello High School

“If I were to receive a Surface Pro I would be able to create videos for my students so that they might be able to understand what I am trying to explain without relying on YouTube to find videos that were created by other educators,” said Otterstein. “It would help bring some consistency to the learners because they would hear me teaching and would not have to get use to someone else explaining the mathematical concepts.

It may seem like this would not be needed after things start going back to normal and students are back in classrooms next school year; however, I have some plans of how I could use this device during this time as well. One of the most frustrating things as a student is missing content when they are absent for a vacation, illness, or appointments. I would be able to use the Surface Pro to make videos for students that they could access on my website. It would allow them to get the essential information from the day’s lesson and alleviate some of the stress that comes with missing school.”

Priest River Lamanna High School

“This assignment requires the students to use skill, craftsmanship, and creativity to design and build a well thought out tower or building,” said Priest River Lamanna High School teacher Rebecca Chaney. “They will use white glue to carefully and patiently bond the toothpicks together, while problem solving how to create a stable, well constructed and aesthetically pleasing piece of architecture.”

Paul Elementary

When students started learning remotely almost two months ago, they didn’t expect that was how they’d finish the year! Personal items were left behind. Paul Elementary School wants to make sure students can retrieve their items without having to go into the classrooms. Their wishlist is for 600 drawstring bags so teachers can pack up the students’ things without them having to come in contact with large groups.

Pioneer Primary School

From Pioneer Primary Teacher Veronica Hernandez: I wanted to provide something meaningful to my students in extension to my distance learning online butterfly unit. I am so very truly grateful to the VIP Club members for helping bring smiles to my student’s faces! I would not have been able to extend a hands-on activity to my students through this distance learning without the cup of caterpillars for each student. When I delivered them to my kiddos, it made my heart so happy to see their bright smiles when they received them. My goal was to ensure each of my students would remember this time for something great and positive! Thanks again for all of your support!

Grangeville Elementary

Said Grangeville teacher Teresa Gorges, “As part of my distance teaching, I zoom daily with my class (and record it for those that can’t make it) and read our focus book aloud on zoom. The experience is greatly enhanced if they have the book to follow along and read with me. If they were able to plant their own seed and take care of the plant, the “doing” part can help them understand and internalize the process of the life cycle.”

Prairie Palouse Charter School

While students are stuck inside, Prairie Palouse Charter School teacher Rebekka Boysen-Taylor wants to give her middle-schoolers a creative outlet!

With the Kid’s Book of Paper Love, her students will be able to do dozens of paper-based craft projects as well as complete a letter-writing project.

Says Boysen-Taylor, “This will be a great resource to help our middle school students express themselves artistically, document their experiences during social isolation, and connect with family, friends, and community members via good old fashioned snail mail.”

Van Buren Elementary

Van Buren’s Aimee Stacy said, “In the current uncertain times, my adaptable 5th grade students are truly my heroes. They handled the transition to distance learning with grace and perseverance.”

Priest River Elementary

From Priest River Elementary’s Elanna Philipoff: “Many of my students lack internet access so they are unable to access books on-line. My students are in need of books in hand to help them continue to read while school is closed. I have already given them many books out of our class library to allow them to continue to be able to read at home. Now that school is under a soft closure for the rest of the year, I would like to request enough books for my students to receive 4 books each for them to keep so they can continue to enjoy reading. I know my students would be so excited and grateful to receive such a wonderful gift. They love to read! They would be able to continue the joy of reading at home and also share with other family members.”

Hubbard Elementary

“I am a principal of an elementary school with 335 students in grades PK-3,” said Hubbard Elementary’s Donene Standley. “I’m an avid reader and one of the things we love doing as a school is celebrating the love of reading. It’s my goal to continue this tradition through our shutdown the remainder of the year. I’d normally highlight a book in our library while encouraging students to check out the book, but unfortunately this isn’t a possibility with the closures.”

Sacajawea Elementary

Sacajawea Elementary’s Kristy Rudan acknowledged that while she’s been able to get homework into the hands of their students while school has been under a “soft closure,” it has been much more difficult to get new and engaging reading material to them.

“Getting books into the hands of our children can do so much more than we may ever be blessed to witness first hand,” said Rudan. “But, oh, how it could change their world right now.”

Genesee Elementary

From Genesee Librarian Heidi Waisasen: “Since we have gone to online learning for the remainder of the year, we are also trying to keep connected with all the students. I work in a school library and try to keep connected with the students by means of virtual story time. So far, we have tried to use an old iPad for recording stories, but the quality of presentation is less than what we would like to share with families. We would like to purchase a small video recorder to connect with our PC computer for uploading videos. Part of our story time includes using puppeteers behind our stage to interact with the reader!”

Wendell Elementary

Wendell Elementary School is creating over 450 individual packets to get homework to their students every two weeks.

From Wendell Elementary principal Paula Chapman, “Wendell Elementary School is in a rural diary district with a lot of Trojan Pride and Power (that’s our mascot). We are all staying home during this COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning has its challenges but we are rising to the cause for our students and parents.”

Priest Lake Elementary

From first grade teacher Sara Butler, “Each year in the spring I do a life cycle unit and my kindergarten and first grade students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. This is a very exciting learning experience and the students come into the classroom each day and the first thing they do is check on the caterpillars! Since our school is on “soft closure” through the end of the school year, we will not be doing this unit in person.”

Lucky Eastern Idaho!  $200,000 Powerball Winner and $97,661 Idaho Jackpot Winner Sold in Bonneville County Last Saturday Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – Eastern Idaho was the luckiest part of the Gem State this past Saturday night! The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning ticket sold in Bonneville County for Powerball is worth $200,000 and another lucky ticket sold in Bonneville County Saturday night won the Idaho Jackpot game for $97,661.

The winning Powerball ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. This ticket also has PowerPlay, which multiplied the prize from $50,000 up to $200,000. The winning numbers for Powerball on Saturday night were 02, 08, 18, 21, 23 and the Powerball was 16. The PowerPlay number for Saturday night was 4.

In addition to the Powerball winner, another winning ticket for the Idaho Lottery’s terminal based Scratch Game Idaho Jackpot was sold at a retail location in Bonneville County. This ticket is worth $97,661. This $5 game features a jackpot that begins at $5,000 and grows until it is won. Saturday night’s jackpot winner is the second largest in this game’s five year history.

“We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball and Idaho Cash in eastern Idaho Saturday night to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Players should sign the back of their tickets immediately and contact the Idaho Lottery for more information on how to claim their prizes.”

Saturday night’s winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. Due to Idaho’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho Lottery offices in Boise are currently closed to the public. Players currently have two options for claiming prizes of $600 or more. Players can mail winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment or they may use the dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at the Boise office building (second floor, 1199 Shoreline Lane). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Lottery Customer Service Representatives are processing and paying winning claims received by mail and those dropped off at the Lottery offices. The winners could also contact the Idaho Lottery during regular business hours at 208-334-2600 with any questions about claiming their prize.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Idaho’s Response to the Governor’s Stay-Healthy Order

May 15, 2020

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Governor Brad Little’s leadership during this unprecedented time has been exceptional and I’m proud of my Idaho Lottery colleagues and all Idahoans as we successfully completed Stage One of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working. The Idaho Lottery continues to follow Governor Little’s direction in his Stay-Healthy Order as we move into Stage Two. Full details can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our claim office is scheduled to remain closed until June 15, 2020. The Idaho Lottery will continue to provide products for sale at retailers that remain open. Winning tickets under $600.00 can be claimed at Idaho Lottery retailers. You can also drop off any winning tickets for payment at our Boise office.

We are continuing responsible operations and will pay winners. For information on claiming tickets of $600.00 or higher, click here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Be safe.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Idaho Lottery VIP Club Gives Back to Idaho Classrooms

When the state of Idaho began staying home due to COVID19 at the end of March and schools began remote distance learning, the Idaho Lottery knew there had to be some way we could help.

During the first days at home, it was easy to see what needed to be done. Teachers around the state were trying to figure out how to teach remotely with little time to prepare. Since it is our mission to support Idaho Public Schools, we knew we needed to support them now more than ever before.

When our Classroom Wishlist program launched in the winter of 2019, it was a monthly program with a $2,000 cap. We would post Classroom Wishlists each month on the 15th, and our VIP Club members would donate points towards the projects. In the first year, we funded more than $17,000 worth of Wishlists for Idaho students and teachers.

Last month, we ramped up the program. We decided we would fund as many projects as we could each week until the end of the school year.

We posted our first Wishlists on Monday, April 13. We were looking to fund a new camcorder for the Genesee Elementary School Library (so they could stream storytime for all their students stuck at home!), cups of caterpillars for first graders at Priest Lake Elementary School and *1,000* manila envelopes for teachers and staff at Wendell Elementary School.

We posted the Wishlists at 1 p.m. MT, and our VIP Club had used their points to fund ALL the projects in under 20 minutes. Since then, over 144,000 points have been donated towards everything from art supplies to books. After that, teachers work quickly to get the supplies to their students, spread out all over the state.

“We are so grateful to those helping fulfill our Wish List!” said Genesee Librarian Heidi Waisanen. “We now have a camcorder to take our library story time on the road. I’ve been able to record stories from my home as well as our deserted baseball field. We are getting amazing responses from our community. It is a wonderful way for us to connect virtually with our kids, as well as staff.”

The Idaho Lottery and our VIP Club will continue to fund Classroom Wishlists weekly through the end of May. After that, we will continue to fund one Classroom Wishlist per month. To learn more about the program, visit www.IdahoLottery.com/Wishlist.

Idaho Lottery’s response to Stay-Home order

We will update this page with any new information as it comes in.


Update 05/01/2020

The Idaho Lottery is following Governor Brad Little’s guidelines to help reduce the risk of the coronavirus. Go to rebound.idaho.gov for the Stages of Reopening. In compliance with the “Stages of Reopening” the Idaho Lottery we will continue to provide products for sale at retailers; however, we will keep our lobby closed until Stage 4. We will continue to pay winning tickets either at retail locations or via mail. Click here for more information on claiming winning tickets. The Idaho Lottery team is hard at work so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

Update 03/26/2020

Our Lobby is Closed but the Idaho Lottery staff is still working hard.

Here are a view main points we have gotten a lot of questions about.

1. Regular ticket shipments will continue from our warehouse to our retailers as long as UPS service continues

2. Scratch and Draw Lottery tickets will still be sold at retailers who are open for business

3. Draws will continue for all our games such as Powerball and Mega Millions

4. We will continue to pay winning tickets – make sure to SIGN your tickets. More information on mailing in tickets is available here.

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PRESS RELEASE 03/25/2020

BOISE, Idaho – Effective today at the close of business, the Idaho Lottery will close its Boise Office, their main center of operations, to the public with all essential employees working from home, in compliance with Governor Brad Little’s Statewide stay-home order. This comes in response to the growing public health emergency posed by COVID-19 in the communities of Idaho.

“We are living in unprecedented times in our country. If you have a winning Idaho Lottery ticket worth more than $600, please, remain in the safety of your home and refrain from coming to Boise to make your claim,” advised Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “To ensure everyone with a winning ticket, large or small, receives their payment, the Lottery will consider extending claiming periods for winning tickets for impacted claimants.”

Idaho Lottery players are encouraged to keep any winning tickets of $600 or more either in a safe and secure place until they can claim them in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public, or, players also have the option to mail prize winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly, however, lost tickets are not the responsibility of the Idaho Lottery. Third-party insurance on the value of the winning ticket may not be sufficient to cover the entire value of the prize.

The Lottery will also offer a dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office (1199 Shoreline Lane, Boise). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Most Idaho Lottery retail locations, grocery and convenient stores, have been deemed as essential services by the Governor. If those stores are open, all prizes less than $600 may be claimed during their normal hours of operation, per store policy.

All Draw Games will continue to be held. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life are drawn out-of-state and drawings will continue to be held. All of Idaho’s draws, Idaho Cash, 5 Star Draw, Idaho Pick 3, and Weekly Grand will also continue without interruption. Players who wish to participate without multiple trips to a retail location are encouraged to purchase multi-draw tickets, good for up to five weeks, on their next visit.

“There are players currently holding tickets for future draws and holding winning tickets right now. We have an obligation to hold these draws and pay any winning claims, and we will continue doing so,” added Anderson.

The Idaho Lottery will continue offering products for sale at all retail locations who remain open. Scratch games will continue to be shipped to retail locations, however, there may be delays and stores may experience ticket outages depending upon directives from the Governor’s Office.

“Please be patient with our retail partners during these difficult times,” said Anderson. “When the gubernatorial order is lifted, the Idaho Lottery will re-open operations and work as efficiently as we can to return to business as usual.”

The Idaho Lottery will continue to monitor and follow state, federal, and CDC protocols as directed on how to proceed. We will communicate our plans to resume operations as the situation unfolds. Players are encouraged to follow the Idaho Lottery on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new developments.

“We recognize and regret the inconvenience these operational adjustments may cause to our players and our retailers,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “In these uncertain times, our ultimate goal must be the safety and welfare of all Idahoans.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Happy Super Pretty Landscaping Upgrades Day!

Every July, the Idaho Lottery presents the Idaho State Department of Education and the permanent building fund with an annual dividend based on the previous year’s sales. That money is then distributed among school districts, public colleges and universities and other state agencies.

Idaho Lottery dividend money is used for the upgrades and repairs needed to create an environment where Idaho students can succeed.

On the third Thursday of every month, we are highlighting the projects schools did as a way to thank our players for what they do for Idaho students.

So…Happy Super Pretty Landscaping Upgrades Day!

Last year Basin School District, Buhl Joint School District, Lake Pend Oreille School District, Melba Joint School District, Soda Springs Joint School District, the Upper Carmen Charter School and the Idaho State Department of Parks and Recreation all used Idaho Lottery dividend dollars to upgrade their landscaping through projects like sprinkler system installations, sidewalk repairs and other beautification projects.

Interested in finding out how the schools in your area are using Idaho Lottery dividend money? Start here on our Where The Money Goes page! Choose the year, your county and your school district. You’ll be able to see how much they’ve received as well as how they used it.

Thank you for your support of the Idaho Lottery and Idaho Public Schools!

If a Player Wins the Lottery

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall, did the tree actually make a sound? This age old riddle has been the subject of philosophical and scientific debate for centuries. The same question then can apply to playing and winning the Lottery. If a player wins a big prize and no one knows about it, did the prize actually get won?

Just like the tree, eventually someone sees the tree is toppled over, but they never heard it crash through the canopy on its way to the forest floor. The same goes for Lottery winners, especially in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic when Lottery offices are closed to the public. Just like now, if you’re reading this you’re probably not in the forest to hear a tree fall, but one may have fallen. So it goes with our Lottery winners. Just because you may not have heard the winning “Wooh!” in the store recently, does not mean an absence of winners. Despite fewer trips to the stores, players are still playing and they are still winning. In fact, this week alone, the Lottery paid out $2,159,597 in prizes. This includes thirteen taxable prizes worth $645,612 that were delivered to Lottery Offices in Boise either through the US Mail or hand delivered to the Lottery’s secure drop box.

In particular, Dennis Williamson from Coeur d’Alene won $200,000 on Pharaoh’s Fortune. His winning ticket was purchased from the A&D Mini Mart in Coeur d’Alene. His ticket arrived through the trusted delivery of the United States Postal Service and will be returned the same way.

Boisean Scott Noriyuki dropped off his big winning ticket at the Lottery Office’s drop box in Boise. Scott claimed the final top prize of $50,000 on the teal-colored version of the Scratch Game, Power 5. He bought his winning ticket from a Jacksons Food Store in Garden City.

And then, Idaho City resident Vince Betcher also brought his winning ticket to the Lottery Offices and used the secured drop box. Vince is the single largest jackpot winner in Idaho Cash’s three-year history, claiming a prize of $381,000. And it was all done without ever being face-to-face with anyone from the Idaho Lottery. In fact, the closest he got to a Lottery representative was the front end Store Manager at the Winco in Eagle where he bought his winning ticket.

The question really remains, how often when hiking in the woods have you ever seen a tree actually fall? More often you’ll see the result, a tree fallen on the path or close to it. And the same with this week’s Lottery winners. There will never be a celebratory photo of them, that signature pose with the souvenir check. And they never will have spent a single minute in Customer Service waiting for their winnings. But for Dennis, Scott, and Vince, they know they are winners.

$381,000 Idaho Cash Winner from Saturday Night’s Draw Sold in Ada County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho –The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one lucky Idaho Lottery player has a winning ticket sold in Ada County that matched all five of the numbers from Saturday night’s $381,000 draw on the game Idaho Cash. The winning numbers were 07, 12, 13, 19, and 24.


“Everyone who played Idaho Cash for last Saturday night’s draw needs to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “This is the single largest jackpot won on Idaho Cash since it began in 2017.”

Saturday night’s winner has 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize. However, in accordance with Governor’s Little’s Stay-Home order, Idaho Lottery offices are currently closed to the public. All winners, especially the winner of Saturday night’s $381,000 jackpot, are encouraged to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until claimed at the Lottery office in Boise.

Any winning tickets of $600 or more can be claimed in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public or players have the option to mail winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly.

Winners may use the dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office building (second floor, 1199 Shoreline Lane). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

The winner could also contact the Idaho Lottery during regular business hours at 208-334-2600 with any questions about claiming their prize.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

NOWHERE TO GO AND A DAY TO GET THERE

The Peaks to Craters scenic highway from the Lost Mountain range to Craters of the Moon National Monument is one of the most beautiful and isolated roads in Idaho, and maybe in all of North America. A few years back, while traversing this road between Idaho Falls on my way back to Boise, I found myself behind a well-intentioned, yet “far-slower-than-the-speed-limit” moving recreational vehicle. While the pace made the scenery more enjoyable, I was captivated by the spare wheel cover on the back, an old worn, greyish tarp with thick black letters that read, “Nowhere to go and a day to get there!”

As I drove behind it I wondered what it would be like to actually have a day with nowhere to go and a day to get there. And what would I do with that day? What would anyone do with that kind of a day? Fast forward several years later and voila, I get to find out. It’s only day two of the stay-at-home order and that summer day long ago behind the old camper came to mind.

I do not believe any one in their wildest imagination could have ever thought we would experience the kind of self-isolation, stay-at-home scenario playing out in our state, around the country, and around the world as we watch the events surrounding COVID-19 unfold. But unlike that day behind the RV in central Idaho, this is different. In an unusual setting, in uncertain times, in many respects, I feel more connected to the Lottery’s players than I would if I were sitting in my office. As one of my work responsibilities during this time, all the calls from the Lottery’s main number are being forwarded to me.

So, what are people doing with their days at home, nowhere to be, and plenty of time to be there?

Michelle from Twin Falls was concerned about receiving her VIP points for her purchases. She plays the same tickets, the same numbers, draw in and draw out, and buys her tickets one month at a time. She used to go to Jackpot, Nevada once a month but found she was having better success with the Lottery. Plus it’s closer to home and she doesn’t have to travel. The last few times in the store, she did not receive her points and took today as an opportunity to follow up on that. All of us working remotely were able to rectify this for her.

Fred from Boise is someone who is considered ‘at risk’ during this time. He was concerned about getting his Lucky for Life tickets without having to go to a store. He was hopeful we would allow on-line play. That is still not legal in Idaho. In conversation, though, he realized that he would be visiting a store for groceries during the select times for those at risk, so we talked through using a play slips for five weeks-worth of draws on a vending machine.

Beverly from Bozeman had mailed in a claim previously to us and was hopeful it had gone out in the mail. It was for $1,000 on Power 5, one of our newer Scratch Games that features a top prize of $50,000. In joking with her, I asked why she didn’t have the top prize and she said she just hadn’t bought it yet!

A nice lady from Caldwell also had a $1,000 winning ticket she was hoping to claim. I told her to sign it and keep it in a safe place until we re-opened. I did give her the option of either mailing it in, or, if she was so inclined, dropping by the office in our pre-arranged drop box for winning tickets. We are still paying winning claims, just once a week.

A gentleman called, another dedicated Lucky for Life player, and wanted to know if he won the jackpot how long it would take to collect his winnings. On a normal day, he would be paid within an hour or so. Right now, it might be three weeks.

And there was one fellow, Larry from Cando (pronounced – Can Do), North Dakota. He had tickets from a visit to Idaho back in November. He does not have access to the Internet in Cando, North Dakota, but he has our phone number on the back of his ticket. Larry was looking for the winning numbers for Powerball from November 9 and Mega Millions from November 12. He also wanted to know what he should do if he had a winner. The best option is to sign and mail them in.

And then there were the wave of calls coming from Utah. They do not have a stay-home order for their residents, but had heard about Idaho’s. Concerned, they called to find out if our stores were open. I explained the convenient stores and grocery stores were considered ‘essential’ services and would remain open. Since our dedicated retail partners are open, our products are also available for purchase. While we are open, given our Stay-home order it is not advisable to visit Idaho at this time.

So, what did I do with nowhere to go and a day to get there? I reconnected with the Lottery’s players and retailers. In total I spoke to about three dozen people from seven different states. And all of them shared a similar theme: that our games are still top of mind, relevant, and a quality, alternative form of entertainment for people, even in the midst of a pandemic.

For everyone, I’d offer this: if you go to a store, Scratch Games in particular are a great way to while away the hours. Consider multi-draw tickets for all the draw games, be sure to sign all of your winners and keep them in a safe place. Getting through this emergency might be about as fast as that RV I was behind a few years ago – cautiously deliberate and still progressing, but when this emergency is over we will still be here, we will pay all your prizes, and we’ll celebrate Idaho’s success and your good fortune!

Everyone, be safe.

IDAHO LOTTERY CLOSES BOISE OFFICE TO PUBLIC AND PAYING CLAIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – Effective today at the close of business, the Idaho Lottery will close its Boise Office, their main center of operations, to the public with all essential employees working from home, in compliance with Governor Brad Little’s Statewide stay-home order. This comes in response to the growing public health emergency posed by COVID-19 in the communities of Idaho.

“We are living in unprecedented times in our country. If you have a winning Idaho Lottery ticket worth more than $600, please, remain in the safety of your home and refrain from coming to Boise to make your claim,” advised Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “To ensure everyone with a winning ticket, large or small, receives their payment, the Lottery will consider extending claiming periods for winning tickets for impacted claimants.”

Idaho Lottery players are encouraged to keep any winning tickets of $600 or more either in a safe and secure place until they can claim them in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public, or, players also have the option to mail prize winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly, however, lost tickets are not the responsibility of the Idaho Lottery. Third-party insurance on the value of the winning ticket may not be sufficient to cover the entire value of the prize.

The Lottery will also offer a dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office (1199 Shoreline Lane, Boise). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Most Idaho Lottery retail locations, grocery and convenient stores, have been deemed as essential services by the Governor. If those stores are open, all prizes less than $600 may be claimed during their normal hours of operation, per store policy.

All Draw Games will continue to be held. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life are drawn out-of-state and drawings will continue to be held. All of Idaho’s draws, Idaho Cash, 5 Star Draw, Idaho Pick 3, and Weekly Grand will also continue without interruption. Players who wish to participate without multiple trips to a retail location are encouraged to purchase multi-draw tickets, good for up to five weeks, on their next visit.

“There are players currently holding tickets for future draws and holding winning tickets right now. We have an obligation to hold these draws and pay any winning claims, and we will continue doing so,” added Anderson.

The Idaho Lottery will continue offering products for sale at all retail locations who remain open. Scratch games will continue to be shipped to retail locations, however, there may be delays and stores may experience ticket outages depending upon directives from the Governor’s Office.

“Please be patient with our retail partners during these difficult times,” said Anderson. “When the gubernatorial order is lifted, the Idaho Lottery will re-open operations and work as efficiently as we can to return to business as usual.”

The Idaho Lottery will continue to monitor and follow state, federal, and CDC protocols as directed on how to proceed. We will communicate our plans to resume operations as the situation unfolds. Players are encouraged to follow the Idaho Lottery on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new developments.

“We recognize and regret the inconvenience these operational adjustments may cause to our players and our retailers,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “In these uncertain times, our ultimate goal must be the safety and welfare of all Idahoans.”

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Bingo Raffle Advisory Board minutes for 4/2/2020

Do Good

Last year, we gave $60 million back to Idaho Public Schools and the Permanent Building Fund. With that money, school districts improved and repaired their facilities so students can have the best possible environment for success.

Some years, that means upgrading and repairing the restrooms…like in Filer, Payette, Horseshoe Bend, Shelley and Bear Lake as well as at Moscow Charter, Heritage Academy and the College of Southern Idaho.

“For over 30 years, the Idaho Lottery has delivered results for the children of the Gem State,” said Executive Director Jeff Anderson. “Lottery dividends of nearly a billion dollars have been used for repairs and maintenance of school facilities. For the past thirteen years as Lottery Director, I’ve been known to say we’re about inanimate objects – a roof or heating and air conditioning system replaced, a playground improved for fun and safety, a new floor, parking lot or classroom paint job – but I must say I’ve never talked about new and improved restrooms! Not until now, anyway.”

“When you imagine what a contemporary school facility looks like, it goes beyond the hallways. Clean, safe, and modern restrooms are essential. When citizens play the Lottery, Every Play Pays. Even for new tile, sinks and toilets.”

Right now, Idaho Lottery tickets might not be at the top of your list, but we can all remember how important the seemingly small acts we do can affect the world around us. Don’t forget to check-in on your friends and neighbors, especially those in vulnerable populations. Find ways to support local businesses in your area. If you have to be out in public, show kindness to those who don’t have the choice to stay in.

There may be a lot of uncertainty in the near future, but the Idaho Lottery will always remain committed to one thing, to Do Good. We hope you will join us.

Idaho Lottery Response to COVID-19

Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director
Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

To our players:

Today Governor Brad Little declared a State of Emergency as the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities around the world. We want to reassure you we at the Idaho Lottery are working hard to prepare for COVID-19 and would like to share some information with you.

  • All Idaho Lottery winning tickets can be claimed via mail or held for 180 days after the official end of the game

If you are concerned about claiming your prizes at a retailer or the Idaho Lottery office, the option to mail tickets in to 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702 is always available. Additionally, all Idaho Lottery winning tickets are valid for cashing up to 180 days after the official end of the game.

  • Take Necessary Hygiene Precautions After Visiting Idaho Lottery Retailers

We’re all in this together and confident our retailers are taking all the necessary steps to keep our communities safe. However, it is still up to all of us to do our part. Public health officials recommend frequent hand-washing and reducing physical contact if possible.

It is also important to remember to treat the employees of our retailers with respect at this time. There is a lot of fear and panic, and much of that fear and panic is being taken out on those in retail environments. We love our retailers and are grateful for what they’re doing during this time.

  • The Idaho Lottery Office Is Taking Steps To Protect Our Staff and Visitors

In our Boise office, we are making sure to keep our common areas and workspaces clean and sanitized and are ensuring our staff is following public health officials’ recommendations regarding hygiene and social distancing.

Our management team is staying on top of information coming from public health officials and the State of Idaho to update our plan of action as we know more.

Thank you so much for being a valued part of the Idaho Lottery family. The health and safety of our employees and players is our top priority, and we appreciate your continued support as this situation evolves.

- Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director

Michael Stanger

Julie Barrett

Zelda Mason

Garrett Wilkie

Daniel Renfro

Leslie Robles

Howard Morris

Rockey Archey

Deveri Jenkins

Shelby Lawrence

Tracie Hercus

Honora Petrovic

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Benjamin Landrian

Jennifer Oliver

Leap Day and Lucky for Life

Lucky for Life Leap Year Promotion
Lucky for Life Leap Year Promotion

It only happens once every four years. And it’s not the Olympics or the World Cup. It’s Leap Day, the one day that gets added once every four years to put our earthly trajectory around the sun to synchronize our solar year with our calendar year. In actuality, it takes 365.2421 days for earth to orbit the sun. Over time, this adds up. Ancient astronomers noticed this subtly dating as far back as Julius Caesar. It wouldn’t be until the late 16th Century when the Gregorian calendar was introduced that added a 29th day to February once every four years. Well, since it is so rare, we know it’s a lucky day and want to share that good luck with everyone!

Running from Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020 until St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Idaho Lottery is offering up a wee-bit more luck to the Draw Game Lucky for Life by adding a Pot o’ Gold. Players who purchase at least $10 in a single transaction on a Lucky for Life ticket will receive a FREE, $3 Pot o’ Gold InstaPlay ticket and the chance to win $1,000 instantly! That’s enough luck to do an Irish jig!

Lucky for Life is the game of a lifetime, where players can win up to the jackpot prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their lives. The game is drawn twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday night’s. Since Lucky for Life debuted in Idaho back in February of 2015, Idaho has been pretty lucky with the game. Five different players have won the second-tier, for life prize of $25,000 a year. And luck on this game has come from every corner of Idaho, with winners in Lewiston, Malad, Meridian, and Boise.

It’s luck that lasts a lifetime, every Monday and Thursday night. And from Leap Day to St. Patrick’s Day, you can have extra luck with a Pot o’ Gold InstaPlay ticket for every $10 Lucky for Life ticket buy.

Go on then, celebrate the extra day around the sun and play Lucky for Life for your chance to win $1,000 a day, every day (including all the Leap Days) for the rest of your life!

Lonnie Knie

Donovan Holford

Joyce Wilkins

Justin Griffith

Katina Johnson

Jason Lipsh

Janell Webster

Margaret Eakin

Sharon Thomas

Cori Dalton

Love with Pugs and Kisses

Pugs and Kisses Scratch Game
Pugs and Kisses Scratch Game

February. The word evokes one clear and distinct thought: love. Like Christmas is associated with December, Thanksgiving with November, and Halloween with October, so too is February associated with Valentine’s Day. And with it comes a nearly two millennia old celebration of love and romance.

Although the origins of Valentine’s Day, and its namesake of St. Valentine, or Valentinius, are somewhat murky, most traditional stories emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and romantic figure.

With Valentine’s Day at hand, it has long been a tradition of the Lottery to commemorate this day, and love’s season of February, with romantic and often iconic Scratch Game. Over the years we’ve run the gambit of offering games that are whimsical like Be My Huckleberry and For the Love of Bacon, or more classic games like Betty Boop and Marilyn Monroe. It should come as no surprise then that this year’s loveable game is Pugs and Kisses. It’s the gift of love they’ll never expect that could win your loved one $5,000!

Pugs and Kisses is the snuggliest, cutest, most adorable, loveable game this year that just makes you want to get your dog a big pink donut treat!

Bursting with hearts, and lots of prizes including a delicious, lovable $5,000 smackaroo top prize, this game is fun to play. Players scratch the hearts in Game 1 and Game 2. In Game 1, if you match two like amounts, you win that amount. If you match two like amounts and have a “kiss” symbol, you win double the prize. In Game 2, if you reveal a “dog print” symbol, you win that prize instantly.

Who says puppy love isn’t rewarding? Go on, celebrate romance in style. This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart the Pugs and Kisses Scratch Game from the Idaho Lottery. This endearing game will make your heart go pitter-patter when you win 5,000 smackaroos!

Wendy Bradley

Malad Resident Wins $300,000 on Legendary Wealth Lottery Scratch Game

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery is accustomed to having large winners who purchased their winning tickets from a retail location in Malad. It is a rarer day, though, when the large winner is an actual resident of the town of Malad itself. Irma Evans, from Malad, is the newest winner of $300,000 from the Idaho Lottery.

Evans claimed the last top prize on the Idaho Lottery’s Scratch Game, Legendary Wealth, on Tuesday afternoon, February 4, 2020 at the Lottery’s office in Boise. She had purchased the ticket the day before from K-C Oil in Malad and played it later that evening.

“I played the ticket without my glasses on,” explained Evans on her winning experience. “I couldn’t see if all that well and I thought maybe I’d won $3,000. I couldn’t really see it, but I knew I’d won something big, so I ran it down to the store for them to check it.”

The next afternoon, Evans was in Boise to collect her winnings. “This makes life easier,” she said with a relieved smile. “I’m going to pay off some bills then add this to my retirement. Maybe now I’ll be able to enjoy my retirement a little better.”

For their part in selling the winning ticket, K-C Oil received a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Eduardo Alvarez

Abel Gallegos

Irma Evans

Marvin Smith

Justin Swanson

Brian Carter

NEW YEAR, NEW $1 GAMES

New Games with Second Chance Draw
New Games with Second Chance Draw

It’s a new look in the first year of the new decade for the Idaho Lottery and the newest $1 Scratch games on the market. These games are clever, they’re fun, and now, they come with better prize payouts, an even better second chance game, and they are gaining in popularity around the Gem State!

Gopher Cash, Tiki Tac Cash, and Gnome Me the Money are newest $1 Scratch games with the best odds ever offered and they’re sure to dig up the winnings!

In Gopher Cash, players scratch the cash numbers under the dollar bills and match them to any of YOUR NUMBERS hidden under the sunflower pots. If any match, you win the prize shown. If you uncover a shovel symbol, you win all six prizes instantly, up to $3,000!

Tiki Tac Cash looks like it just arrived from the south Pacific! Tiki Tac Cash is a tic-tac-toe style game. Players who match three “TIKI” symbols in the same row, column, or diagonal win the prize shown in the prize box, up to $1,000!

Gnome Me the Money is the friendliest looking garden game ever from the Idaho Lottery. There are four brightly colored gnomes with a surprising amount of cash! Players scratch the gnome and match three like symbols to win that amount. If you match 2 like amounts and a “mushroom symbol” you win double the prize! And best of all, this game has a lot of $600 winners!

But that’s not all for these three games. All non-winning, $1 Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets are eligible for entry into a once a week drawing to win $100. You may enter at vip.idaholottery.com or by tele-entry at 208-334-4656. And there’s no end in sight for the $100 weekly winners. To be eligible, be sure to enter at least one ticket once a week.

So the next time you’re in your favorite store, give Gopher Cash, Tiki Tac Cash, and Gnome Me the Money a try for a new and improved chance to dig up thousands in prizes!

Horseshoe Bend Elementary

Our district runs on a four day school week, which means we get five days of learning into four days. This leads to long lessons and students needing to focus for extended periods of time. While our students know what it takes to succeed, they are still typical wiggly elementary students! I would love to be able to provide them with an opportunity to move during our long lessons, that will not take away from our instructional time. These wobble stools will allow our students to wiggle and wobble at their desks while remaining engaged and focused on the lesson. This will help reduce the need for brain breaks and maximize the time we have during the day. I am so proud of all the hard work our students put in every day and would love to be able to support them further on their journey to being outstanding scholars!

Woodland Middle School

Every year, Woodland 7th graders (all 300 of them), read the book Touching Spirit Bear. This amazing story touches on some some very important life lessons: Being able to forgive yourself after you’ve made a bad decision, being able to forgive others, taking responsibility for your actions, moving forward in life and allowing yourself to live a productive and positive life, and being mentally and emotionally resilient. The books we have are literally falling apart. They have been glued and taped until they cannot be glued and taped any more. They are almost a decade old and have been loved to death! We are hoping to find a source to replace some of the books.

In this day and age of children and teens suffering from depression, anxiety, and social media pressure, the lessons this valuable book have to offer are even more important. It opens lines of communication and offers a safe place (the classroom…. with some wonderful, highly experienced teachers) to discuss tough subject matter.

Leadore School

In Leadore, we are an hour away from the nearest grocery store and two hours away from the nearest large town, Idaho Falls. Being so far away from everything, we rarely get the chance to go on field trips, and that is why we are asking for a set of virtual reality headsets. While we initially thought it was crazy for teachers to be using virtual reality in the classroom, that all changed when we had the opportunity to participate in the virtual world at a technology conference.

At first, we thought it would be pretty boring - but then they put us on top of a building in Paris and told us to look down at the river. We were told to step off the ledge because we wouldn’t fall…we still couldn’t do it. It looked so real. After that, we toured the pyramids, the Lincoln Memorial and walked with the dinosaurs. The possibilities are endless with this tool, and for us in little Leadore, Idaho, it would be the chance of a lifetime to have this technology in our school.

Juliaetta Elementary

Our classroom has been studying the effects of garbage on our environment. In order to help reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown away each year, we are wanting to install water dispensers in our school. These water dispensers would filter the town’s water and kids could fill up their water bottles as often as needed. Our school is spread out over two levels with the gymnasium in between. The water dispensers would be located in two very convenient areas.

One of the water dispensers would be placed in the upper story of our school that houses the preschool, kindergarten, grades 1-2, and the office staff. We would place the second water dispenser in the lower level of our school. It houses grades 3-6, the gymnasium, and the music and special education rooms.

These water dispensers also filter and chill the water, they are similar to the ones you may have seen in airports. The filtering system would take care of any harmful substances that the water might have in it. Most of all though, the dispensers would help our school reduce the amount of plastic water bottles that are used and thrown away each day.

American Falls Intermediate

Our school is currently transitioning to becoming a S.T.E.M. school with lots of Project-Based Learning. Having the printer would allow students to engineer their own projects and print them as a hands-on finished project vs. the traditional paper and poster concept. STEM and PBL focus on increasing engagement and inspiring learning and one fantastic way to do this, is to introduce into the classroom a 3D printer that the students can interact with. 3D printing along with a project-based learning approach can have a variety of benefits for learning outcomes.

Mullan Trail Elementary

As a Physical Education teacher, I see firsthand the impact success has on students. It builds confidence and relationships and can impact the way student views other tasks throughout the day. The simple act of making a shot during a game of basketball can be the highlight of a student’s day.

The Easy-Up system will allow this to be a reality for the students of Mullan Trail Elementary. Our school was originally built as a high school. None of our basketball hoops are height adjustable, staying at a full 10 feet. Adding the Easy-Up system will allow students of all ages to see success and practice the fundamentals of the game of basketball.

Your consideration and support will build confidence, skills, and memories for the students of Mullan Trail!

Thank you,

Tim Rice

Mullan Trail PE Teacher

North Valley Academy

This year, North Valley Academy is competing in America’s Battle of the Books competition. For Battle of the Books, teams of students read a list of 20 books then test their knowledge by competing against other schools in the area. North Valley Academy is excited about the project, but, as a small public charter school, they lack the funds to get all the books on the list, especially in the quantities they need. Their wish is six copies of the 20 books on the list.

Park Ridge Elementary

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Crain’s Classroom Wishlist is for a “Hands-On Learners” kitchen. This project will include small appliances – an induction plate, griddle and toaster oven – utensils, cleaning supplies and a number of books on nutrition and cooking.

From Crain, “Many of my students live in low-income households where both one or both guardians are working. The students are unfamiliar with how food is prepared and often times the families eat fast food nightly. I want to show my kindergartners easy recipes they can make themselves, are healthy, and kid-friendly. The appliances and cooking tools will last for years to come.”

Camelot Elementary School

Kindergarten teacher Lori Atchley has a couple of GREAT ideas on how she can reach each one of her students a little better. The second is a classroom set of Gaiam kids’ classic balance bar chairs. These are good for healthy posture as well as for keeping bodies active and mind engaged at the same time.

Atchley says, “As everyone knows, five-year-olds have a very hard time sitting still for half-day kindergarten which we have had in the past, and an even harder time sitting still in full-day kindergarten, which we have now. These ball chairs not only help with posture, but the big thing is that they help the students mind and body to work simultaneously to help them focus. I have some students who cannot sit still at all and focus on the task at hand. After reading reviews on these chairs, I found that other kindergarten classes are having much success with their kids being able to focus better.

Victory Middle School

Sixth-grade teacher Kayla Rosbaugh is wishing for a classroom set of Treasure Island, for her students to use during their exploration unit.

From Rosbaugh, “Finding novels that 6th graders find interesting and exciting is sometimes a bit of a challenge, but Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is always a big hit with my students. Unfortunately, my current copies of the novel are old and “well-loved.” I am only a few page turns away from having to tape the books back together. Having new fresh copies would mean so much to me and my students. We would be able to enjoy the novel without having to be worried about pages falling out or the covers just coming right off. We could just jump right into the adventure of finding the buried treasure. I know I would appreciate new novels, but my kids would be even more ecstatic! New novels also won’t just help my current students, these copies should last for years to come.”

Edward Dawkins

William Laird

John Briggs

Rita Swain

2020: Made for the Decade

2020: The new age game made for the decade
2020: The new age game made for the decade

It’s the dawn of a new decade, a new era, it’s the 20s and the future is here! And many of the futuristic gizmos from the 1960s are already here with us. Remember original communicators from Star Trek? Funny how those look a lot like flip phones today. How about watches that get video messages, like in the Jetsons? Yep, those exist now, too. Robots to clean your house? Sure, got those. We even have jetpacks, holograms, drones, smart shoes, and 3-D printers.

Yes, the future is here, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed with the onset of new technology – winning big on Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets. Idaho 2020 is a brave new adventure, where players can still win a top prize of $200,000. Plus the game is loaded with $200 prizes. In the game, players scratch the 54 “$” symbols, trying to locate as many circled “20” symbols as they can. If you don’t find any, you win $20. If you find at least 15, you win $30. The more “20” symbols you find, the more you win by matching the number of your “20”s to the prizes in the prize legend. If you uncover a “celebration” symbol, you win $20 instantly. If you uncover a “party hat” symbol, you win $200 instantly! Find twenty, “20” symbols and we’ll send you straight to the moon. Or at least to the bank with a check for the game’s top prize of $200,000.

But that’s not all, there’s also a new $20, Twenty 20s InstaPlay game. This game features a rolling jackpot that starts at $25,000 and grows until someone wins. The game style is like the Scratch Game version. And with a jackpot that grows, well, the moon’s the limit!

Even still, players who happen to have non-winning playing experiences with either 2020 tickets can enter the non-winners each week for drawings over the first 20 weeks of the New Year (January 1 to May 20). Each week, once a week, a prize of $2,000 will be given away. Players can enter online and through the VIP Club at vip.idaholottery.com or by using the tele-entry system at 208-334-4656.

So much futuristic fun and winning will leave you only asking when will we have flying cars? Or daily shuttle service to colonies on the moon? Or underwater cities? And once you win the top prize of $200,000, or the jackpot prize on Twenty 20s, anything in the future is possible.

Play Idaho 2020. It’s the game made for the decade of the future!

Beverly West-Anderson

Mary Rodriguez

Susan Wirth

Ann Grimshaw

Brittnie Skidmore

Joyce Black

Emmett Woman Buys One Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Ticket and Wins $1,000,000 Top Prize

BOISE, Idaho – Joyce Black of Emmett proves it does take only one Lottery ticket to win. Black purchased only one Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle ticket and it turned out to be best the one. This afternoon, she claimed the game’s top prize of $1,000,000.

Back in early December, Black and her friends stopped in the Stinker Store on McMillan and Meridian Road on the afternoon of December 4, 2019 for lunch.

“It’s on the way to the medical clinic, you know, the store with the Dairy Queen in it,” said Black with a smile.

After lunch, she and her friends got in line to purchase Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets. Black’s friend Roseann Bonitz talked her into buying one. In early January, when it came time to check their tickets, Bonitz made the big discovery.

“I checked my husband’s ticket and he was only two off the winner. Then I remembered that Joyce was two people behind him in line,” explained Bonitz. “So I called Joyce and had her read me her ticket number. I didn’t tell her right away she was the big winner. Instead, I invited her over to my house to check the ticket in person.”

When Black arrived, she couldn’t believe what her friends were telling her. “I just didn’t believe it. I still don’t believe it,” said an excited Black when she collected her winnings.

Black plans to pay down some debts and then work with an investment advisor for the balance of her winnings. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Stinker Stores will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

William Detamore

Lorrie Siegenhagen

Brian Carter

Nohely Villa

Ignacio Godinez

Top Ten Moments of the Decade

As the second decade of the new millennia drew to a close and as the new one begins, it was an opportunity for us to look back on some of the best stories of the last ten years. And there have been many of them, full of happiness, joy, surprises, and excitement. Here are our best, top ten moments of the past decade at the Idaho Lottery.

10 - University of Utah HVAC Shop Wins $1,000,000 Powerball Prize in 2013

It’s not every day that a bus load of winners show up in the parking lot at the Idaho Lottery to claim a $1,000,000 Powerball prize. But that is exactly what happened in February 2013 when 34 employees from the University of Utah’s HVAC Shop on campus became the largest group to ever split a $1,000,000 prize in Idaho. The group chartered a “fun bus” to bring them collectively from the parking lot of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to Idaho Lottery offices in Boise. The contingent collected their winnings while chanting “Go Utes” and a chorus of “Utah Man!” Many in the group from the HVAC Shop are long time employees of the University of Utah, some working on campus facilities for over 30 years.

9 - 25th Anniversary Celebrated with Live Powerball drawing from Stampede Rodeo in Nampa in 2014

The Idaho Lottery celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, July 19, 2014 by hosting a LIVE nationally televised Powerball draw from the Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa at 8:59 p.m. Mountain Time. Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson announced the white ball numbers during the broadcast. Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter announced the Powerball number. Legendary rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus opened the broadcast that was hosted by KTVB News Channel 7’s Mark Johnson. At the time, the draw was witnessed by the largest live audience (everyone at the rodeo that night) in Powerball history.

8 - $1,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket from Bonner County Claimed by Mail in 2015

It all came down to trust back in November 2015. Trust, faith, and integrity in the system by those who use it. Mailing in winning Idaho Lottery tickets is a common practice for many players who live in northern Idaho. The Idaho Lottery, though had never received a ticket worth $1,000,000 through the US Postal Service until Randy Branum, a regular player from Sandpoint did what he had done every other month for many years – mail in a batch of winning tickets, both Scratch and Draw Games, for payment.

“I usually wait a month or two, sign all the tickets I have, and then mail them in,” explained Branum, a retired contractor who usually checks carefully for winners. “This time I had two or three tickets left and just signed them and sent them off. I figured there might be some $7 winners in there.”

When the package arrived at the Idaho Lottery, the tickets were verified for winners by Idaho Lottery Security. That’s when they discovered the two month old, $1,000,000 winning ticket signed by Branum. The Idaho Lottery immediately contacted Branum.

“When they called, I thought I’d maybe won the trip to see Boise State’s Bowl Game,” said Branum of the initial call from Idaho Lottery Security. “Instead they told me I’d won $1,000,000. I couldn’t talk.”

“I put my faith in the Idaho Lottery and the US mail that when I send my tickets, they are going to a safe place,” said Branum about the Idaho Lottery’s integrity. “I trusted them with a $1,000,000 winning ticket and they were honest about it.”

7 - Idaho Lottery Recognized as Nation’s Best Lottery in 2013

The Idaho Lottery received nationwide recognition for their achievements during Fiscal Year 2013. The Idaho Lottery was named the 2013 recipient of Public Gaming Research Institute’s “Sharon Sharp Good Causes Award” which recognizes lotteries who have achieved the highest percentage increase in net funds contributed to its beneficiaries, the true measure of a lottery’s success. The leading Lottery industry associations, Public Gaming Research Institute and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) awarded the Idaho Lottery for our $48.2 million dividend returned to the citizens of the Gem State in July of 2013 and our 16.14% increase in net funding for Public Education and the Permanent Building Fund over the previous year, the highest percentage increase that year over all 45 lottery jurisdictions operating in the United States.

6 - Flint Sisters “Safely” Claim $1,000,000 prize in 2010

It was right before Christmas, early December of 2010 when Cindy and Donna Flint, and their sister Carol Olsen arrived in the lobby of the Idaho Lottery carrying their big winning ticket securely stowed inside a locked, portable, fireproof safe. On top of that, all three of these retirees were legally carrying their concealed firearms. They weren’t taking any chances with the winning $1,000,000 Powerball ticket inside the safe. Cindy even slept with the safe in her hotel room bed the night before claiming the prize. No strangers to winning, Cindy and Donna had won a $40,000 Powerball prize two years before. “That money, well, it went down the sewer and out the vents,” laughed Cindy. “I replaced all the plumbing under the house and bought a new furnace and air conditioner!”

5 - World Record, Billion Dollar Powerball Jackpot Run in January 2016

Business as usual went right out the door in January 2016 when the Powerball jackpot eclipsed the three-quarter-of-a-billion dollar mark for the first time. But the jackpot didn’t stop there. When the jackpot officially set a new world-record, at $800 million, and then crossed the billion dollar threshold, our “Wooh!” celebrations turned into a “Whoa!” moment. The epic Powerball jackpot run that would eventually reach $1.586 billion saw long lines of players waiting to purchase their tickets all over Idaho. In uncharted territory, the Lottery dispatched the Wooh Crew to work with the hour-plus lines at stores in Malad and Franklin along Idaho’s border with Utah. We even contracted to bring in portable restroom facilities for those stores with lines that snaked through the aisles inside, out the back doors, and around their buildings. When the dust settled, the lengthy world-record jackpot run generated $8 million in dividends for Idaho’s public schools and buildings – just from Powerball.

4 - Idaho Wins National Award for Best New Draw Game and Best New Scratch Game in the Same Year in 2019

At the end of September 2019, during the North American State and Provincial Lottery Association’s (NASPL) Annual Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Idaho Lottery was recognized with two of the Lottery industry’s highest accolades, Innovation Awards for the Best New Scratch Game and the Best New Draw Game during the past Fiscal Year.

The awards are voted on by the Idaho Lottery’s peers in the industry and mark one of the highest achievements a Lottery can attain. Both awards distinguish efforts made to create and communicate the innovative attributes of new Scratch and Draw style games. The draw game winner was our Powerball Arcade, its online games, and its weekly, monthly, and twice-annual big prizes that were an instant success among players. The Best New Instant Game was the entire family of Scratch games offered for the Idaho Lottery’s 30th Anniversary. With the introduction of a new ticket worth $30, the Lottery felt everyone should be able to participate, so we offered a $5 version and a $10 version to fit every player and budget.

3 - Hilda Floyd Wins $1,000,000 on Raffle, then Donates Winnings to Support Families of Service Men and Women Overseas in 2011

In January 2011, the generosity of the Idaho Lottery’s annual winner of the Idaho $1,000,000 may have been overshadowed by the media exposure of the winner who makes #2 on our list. But Hilda Floyd’s thoughtfulness in Idaho and her efforts after winning a million dollars should not be overlooked or forgotten.

“I have it all planned out. I am going to take care of few things for me then I’m going to take care of my family and my church,” explained Floyd who became the Idaho Lottery’s 25th millionaire the day she claimed her $1,000,000 Raffle prize. “Giving it away excites me more than anything else.”

And true to her word, that’s exactly what she did. After taking care of a few items for herself, Floyd went on to donate most of her winnings and do charitable works, especially for the families of service men and women who were serving overseas. She even hosted a tribute dinner to share her successes with the Idaho Air National Guard and participated as a great, positive story on the TLC reality show, “How the Lottery Changed My Life.”

2 - Holly Lahti Wins $190 on Mega Millions in 2011

It was literally the runaway story of the decade. Holly Lahti became the Idaho Lottery’s second largest jackpot winner in history in January 2011 from a $5 quick pick Mega Millions ticket purchased in Post Falls. At the time, she split one of the largest jackpots in lottery history with a family in central Washington. But it was the untold story of Lahti’s win that would go on to capture the attention of the national media for three straight weeks, sparking dialogue, discussion, and debate while the media waited for her make a public appearance. Producers from the Today Show and Good Morning America camped on the Idaho Lottery’s couches in the lobby for two weeks hoping and waiting for her to appear to claim her ticket. National news, all of Idaho’s local news stations, talk radio, talk television shows, local newscasts from coast to coast, the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Oprah all inquired or covered the story. For her own personal reasons, Lahti never spoke publicly about her win in 2011 despite efforts to reach her from ABC National News, CBS National News, NBC National News, Good Morning America, CNN, the Today Show, Fox and Friends, the Associated Press, and Reuters. In a three week period in January 2011 it seemed like we had been managing a wildfire with a water pistol as the Idaho Lottery and this story received 437.4 million television impressions nationwide. On January 21, 2011, Lahti elected the one-time cash option for her prize and quietly withdrew from the public spotlight.

Idaho Lottery Celebrates 30 Years with Largest Dividend Ever
Idaho Lottery Celebrates 30 Years with Largest Dividend Ever

1 - 30th Anniversary – State and Guinness World Records on the Same Day in 2019

The biggest news of the decade though, came at during the Idaho Lottery’s 30th Anniversary celebration on July 19, 2019. Thirty years. Three decades of winning and three decades of benefits. On this day, the Idaho Lottery established a new state record for the largest dividend ever returned to the people of Idaho at $60 million. Later that day, the Idaho Lottery would go on to establish a new Guinness World Records for the largest gathering of people scratching scratch tickets in one place at one time. The record was 479, breaking a record that had only been set a few days before in the Netherlands. But beyond the world record is perhaps the biggest, most important record – the Lottery’s past ten year history of responsible growth and dividend delivery to the State of Idaho and her citizens. In the last ten years, the Idaho Lottery has returned $468.7 million – 52% of the total in dividend dollars returned to Idaho in our 30 year history.

Thank you, Idaho, for 10 great years! Here’s looking forward to the next decade of success, excitement, and winning for everyone. Happy New Year!!

Michael Valdez

Trevor Maddox

Nampa Woman in Running to Win $1,000,000 during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020

Ritchie is on far right of photo
Ritchie is on far right of photo



BOISE, Idaho -An Idaho woman has a million reasons to wait for the ball to drop at midnight in New York City’s Times Square. Cathie Ritchie from Nampa, Idaho is one of five finalists in the running to become the “First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year” SM and win a promotional prize of $1,000,000 on January 1, 2020 on LIVE national television.

Country singer Jessie James Decker announced Ritchie as one of the five finalists Sunday night in New York City during a welcome reception held for all the Powerball VIP promotional winners from across the United States. As part of a national POWERBALL® promotion, one of these five finalists will be randomly chosen to win $1,000,000 during ABC’s live broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.”

“Congratulations to Cathie Ritchie on being one of the five finalists for the First Powerball Millionaire of the Year,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Idaho has a long history of good luck with Powerball winners and we wish her all the best tomorrow night.”

Anderson described how Ritchie got to New York City for this New Year’s Eve. She was one of thousands of Idaho Lottery players who participated in a Powerball sweepstakes draw with Powerball Arcade. Ritchie, and other players across Idaho, entered non-winning Powerball tickets from mid-June through early October for the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve VIP trip. Ritchie’s entry was one of 8,506 entered by Idaho VIP Club members for the opportunity to win this once in a lifetime trip to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City at Times Square and the chance to be the first millionaire of the new decade. She joins three hundred people from 25 different North American lottery jurisdictions who participate in Powerball are in New York as part of the promotion.

“I don’t ever win. I’ve never won anything in my life. Just to get here was amazing and now to be one of the five finalists is unbelievable,” said Ritchie. “If I can have half as much good luck as I’ve had bad luck, then I’ll win the million dollars for sure.”

The winning draw and announcement will be made live at about 10:15 PM MT during ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.”

The First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion brought second-chance drawing winners and their guests to New York City for the ultimate VIP experience. After a series of holiday-themed VIP experiences across Manhattan, the winners and their guests will gather for an exclusive New Year’s Eve gala featuring a performance from Jessie James Decker at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manhattan in Times Square. The party will culminate with the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year drawing.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

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 $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.