Lottery winner stays grounded after $220 million jackpot
Says waiting to claim jackpot was best thing he did
Includes audio report
In 2005, Brad Duke of Star, Idaho, hit a huge jackpot: $220 million in the Powerball lottery. It took a couple days, even a couple of weeks, for the magnitude of his win to hit. He didn't tell anyone, and went about his daily routines while he tried to figure out what he wanted to do next.
As a regular lottery player, Duke had let himself fantasize about what it might be like to win thousands of dollars someday. A ...
Aug 12, 2013, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Ornery dog leads to $1M lottery win
A group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named Stella.
Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when Steve Hughes left his truck running to keep his dog Stella warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. ...
Feb 11, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Raffle ticket was being used as a Christmas ornament
Idaho Lottery officials say the Nampa man who held the winning $1 million Raffle ticket was using it as an ornament on the family Christmas tree.
Mark Rossiter came forward to claim his big prize in Boise today.
Rossiter purchased the ticket at the Maverik store in Star on Nov. 28, 2012, then took it home in its orange envelope and placed on the tree's branches.
The envelope containing the winning Raffle number of 108847 was worth $1 million after the Jan. 2, 2013 drawing. However, it s ...
Jan 23, 2013, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
$1 million Powerball winner goes unclaimed in Idaho
A $1 million lottery prize has gone unclaimed six months after the winning ticket was sold at a Meridian, Idaho, convenience store.
Someone bought the $2 Powerball quick pick from the Maverik store at North Locust Grove Road and East McMillian Road June 19. It won the jackpot June 20, but no one ever claimed the prize within 180 days as required.
The store that sold the winning ticket will still get the $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
Lottery officials say it's a great reminder to ...
Dec 19, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho $1M Powerball ticket to expire Friday
Time is quickly running out for the holder of an unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket that was sold last summer.
The ticket will expire Friday at 3 p.m. if the holder does not arrive in Boise at Idaho Lottery Headquarters to claim their prize.
The winning ticket was sold for the June 20 Powerball draw from an Idaho Lottery retail location in Meridian. The ticket matched the first five numbers from that night's draw, but not the Powerball itself. The winning numbers for that night were 11, ...
Dec 12, 2012, 10:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho fire chief wins $1 million
Idaho's newest millionaire is used to being in the spotlight.
He and his fellow co-workers make the news often fighting fires and saving lives.
But it's a much richer spotlight for Caldwell Fire chief Mark Wendelsorf, who won $1 million in the Idaho Powerball.
I checked the ticket on Thursday morning after the draw at a store and was told to sign it and take it to Boise, Wendelsdorf said. But they couldn't tell me how much it was, so I thought I'd won maybe $2,500.
Using an Idaho L ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum
Honest: Idaho Lottery retailers pass 4-month security audit
Using undercover operatives and decoy high-tier winning tickets, the Idaho Lottery has concluded a four month investigation to protect the security and integrity of all its games. During the investigation, the Lottery evaluated cashing procedures of the decoy winning tickets at 128 of its 1150 retailers in 61 cities and towns across Idaho. The net result of the investigation showed that 100% of all Idaho Lottery retailers checked had met all of the security and integrity criteria.
We believe ...
Sep 17, 2012, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho man is state's first Hot Lotto jackpot winner
Plans to give portion to Wounded Warrior Project
Steve Colson found out Wednesday morning that he won $3.4 million in the Idaho Lottery's Hot Lotto game. His ticket matched all five numbers and the Hot Ball, making Colson the first jackpot winner in Idaho Lottery history.
Colson, a sixth generation Idahoan, is a retired U.S. Army veteran with 22 years of service, according to lottery officials.
Colson plans to take a one-time cash lump sum prize of $2.6 million. With the winnings, he pl ...
Jun 29, 2012, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed Idaho Lottery prizes add up to millions
With the recent $650 million Mega Millions jackpot a lot of us started dreaming about what we'd do with all that money. But every year in Idaho some people just need to wake up to realize that they are winners. For whatever reason, they never claim their prizes. That unclaimed money really adds up.
Over the last two years we've had about $6 million go unclaimed from lottery tickets, said Idaho Lottery spokesman David Workman. That total comes from scratch tickets and all the different games ...
May 2, 2012, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho's biggest lottery winner knew he would win
Brad Duke held the luckiest piece of paper in Idaho history inside a Jackson's food store near Orchard and the interstate.
This was some place someone had to dig around for three hours? Duke asked an Idaho Lottery spokesman, gesturing to what he held in his hand.
Seven years before, the ticket with which Brad posed, Wednesay, won him $220.3 million. No Idahoan and only 17 Americans has ever won more.
But if you ask Brad, those lucky numbers didn't do the work. He did. And luck had noth ...
Feb 19, 2012, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum