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Idaho man, 22, wins Powerball lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Idaho man, 22, wins Powerball lottery jackpot

A 22-year-old restaurant manager is the winner of Wednesday's $18.7 million Powerball jackpot.

Eric Kyle bought the $1 Powerball ticket on a whim at a Big Smoke store last Tuesday, and didn't realize he held the winner until he saw news reports on Thursday.

"I was instantly shaking," Kyle said during a news conference at Idaho Lottery headquarters Thursday afternoon. "It's something I dreamed about for a long time."

After waking his roommate to check the numbers, Kyle called lottery officials. Then he called his boss at Copper Kitchen.

"I told him, 'I'm not coming in today, I'll explain later,'" Kyle said.

So far, Kyle said, he has not made any major decisions about what to do with the money - including whether he would take one lump sum or have the cash distributed over time. He has 60 days to choose.

"I haven't thought about that, other than I want to take a trip and buy a new car," he said.

He also said that his parents and three younger siblings would benefit from the money. They may be surprised by the news. At the time of the news conference, he hadn't told them he was the winner.

"I'll probably give them a call after this," he said.

Kyle said he didn't plan on buying any more lottery tickets, since he has already beat the 1-in-120 million odds by winning the jackpot. He let the ticket machine pick his numbers - 4, 10, 15, 48, 51 and Powerball 13.

The owners of Big Smoke, Al and Bruce Baird, were awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. If Kyle selects the lump-sum option worth more than $10.3 million, the state of Idaho will get $800,000 in taxes.

Powerball is played in 27 states, including Kentucky, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday. The jackpot for Saturday's drawing will be $10 million.

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NASSAU
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Posted: February 25, 2005, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

Congratulations!!!!

Do well....don't 4get 2 pay yer tithes


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    Posted: February 25, 2005, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

    Yeah good for a small state like Idaho to get a piece of the pie. Only takes a buck and a quickpick to win it.  Now its time for someone in Illinois to hit the Mega tonite! 

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      Posted: February 25, 2005, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

      just don't tell the old folks. they may get a little mad that a 22 year-old won the jackpot while they've been playing since the lottery begean.

      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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        Posted: February 25, 2005, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

        It's great to see someone win who isn't the typical lottery winner (i.e. grey, married for 40, and retired with grandkids). The lottery isn't a savings account and you don't get some sort of entitlement to win the longer you play.

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          Posted: February 25, 2005, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

          exactly, and unfortunately, i know a few people who have been playing since the lottery began in PA. they feel that they are long overdue for their big win, and when they hear about someone a lot younger than them winning, they get pissed. they think that they are rich because they are expecting to win the big one sometime. i will say that their number is bound to come up sooner or later. the only problem is that it may not be the lottery. it may be death.

          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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            Posted: February 25, 2005, 3:29 pm - IP Logged

            Good for him. Only 22, and he's already set for life. Well, set for life if he invests wisely. And if he goes annuity, he'll only be set 30 years (which is still pretty nice).

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              Posted: February 25, 2005, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

              Jimmy:

              Even though he's 22, he should take the cash.

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                Posted: February 25, 2005, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

                after reading that and seeing the similarities between me and this kid (i'm only 25).  i'm heading out for my powerball ticket right now. 

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                  Posted: February 25, 2005, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

                                                       

                  --winner2b

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                    Posted: February 25, 2005, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

                    Whippersnappers who win should only get half the jackpot and the rest should go into Social Security for old Mountain Men that have kept the lottery going all these years.  I'm glad we all agree on that.

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                      Posted: February 25, 2005, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

                      It's nice to see younger people win since it's usually someone whose middle aged that hits the Jackpot. Not saying older people don't deserve it either, but if you're in your 20s you have a lot longer to live and enjoy your new wealth.

                      Now it's time for Oregon to win! It's been so long since someone from Oregon has won Powerball.

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                        Quote: Originally posted by Blalron on February 25, 2005

                        It's nice to see younger people win since it's usually someone whose middle aged that hits the Jackpot. Not saying older people don't deserve it either, but if you're in your 20s you have a lot longer to live and enjoy your new wealth.

                        Now it's time for Oregon to win! It's been so long since someone from Oregon has won Powerball.






                        Don't be too sad. It may have been a while since OR has won Powerball, but at least you have one of the better in-state lotto games in the country (Megabucks, decent jackpots, good odds, great payout percentage).

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                          Posted: February 25, 2005, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

                          Article said, "I told him, 'I'm not coming in today, I'll explain later,'" Kyle said."

                          Wow, 22 years young! Lord have mercy!

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                            Quote: Originally posted by Phokas on February 25, 2005


                            It's great to see someone win who isn't the typical lottery winner (i.e. grey, married for 40, and retired with grandkids). The lottery isn't a savings account and you don't get some sort of entitlement to win the longer you play.



                            Agreed. That shows the HIT can land on anyone