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Boise man claims $220.3 million lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Boise man claims $220.3 million lottery jackpot

A Boise man in his thirties who had been playing the same numbers the past four years has come forward with the $220.3 million winning Powerball ticket, a record jackpot for the state.

Idaho Lottery Commission Director Roger Simmons said officials were withholding the man's name until he can hire an attorney and financial adviser to help him decide whether to take the jackpot in 30 annual installments of $7.4 million or as a one-time payout of $125.3 million before taxes.

Lottery officials estimate that after taxes, the unmarried Boise man would pocket approximately $84 million if he selects the payout option.

"I'm trying to give him some space and let him sort everything out," Simmons said. "He was relatively calm by the time I met with him, even though he had only known for about an hour that he had won."

The $4 winning ticket in the multistate lottery was bought Saturday at Jackson's Food Store on Orchard Street in central Boise, the same convenience store that sold the previous record Idaho Powerball jackpot ticket 10 years ago. Pam Hiatt of Boise claimed that $87 million grand prize on June 5, 1995.

Simmons said the latest winner brought the ticket to state lottery headquarters Monday afternoon with a female friend after he went into another convenience store in southeast Boise and asked a clerk what the winning numbers were from Saturday night's drawing.

"Everything got a little crazy in the store," Simmons said. The Jackson's store will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, while the state of Idaho would receive an instant $10 million income tax windfall if the man chooses to take the payout rather than the 30-year annuity.

The Boise man had played the winning numbers - 39-24-05-28-07, with Powerball 36 and Power Play 04 - consistently the past four years, Simmons said. When he bought the ticket Saturday, he made a mistake on the first line of "white ball" numbers, getting all the winning numbers but one. Instead of starting over again, Simmons said the man decided to play that line anyway and put the series of numbers he normally played on the second line of the ticket, along with two additional lines of numbers for a total bet of $4.

The second line turned out to be the $220.3 million winner, while the first line paid out another $5,000.

"I guess that's chump change now," said Simmons.

Idaho Lottery officials verified the winning ticket Monday but the man had not yet submitted it for processing. Until he does, "my understanding is he is keeping the ticket in a very safe place," Simmons said.

State lottery rules require disclosure of the winner's name upon presentation of the winnings, although there has never been a legal test of the requirement. Simmons said the man has asked to remain anonymous.

"I've told him the problem with me keeping his name secret lies in the integrity of the game," said Simmons. "I have to let everybody in the state know this is a legitimate game and this guy is totally isolated from our commission employees, their relatives and our vendors."

From a marketing standpoint, the Idaho Lottery Commission would also like the winner to participate in a press conference.

"I'd love to have him come forward publicly because he is a very intelligent individual who doesn't fit the mold that you hear so often that the only people who ever play the lottery are the poor and uneducated," said Simmons.

Powerball is played in 29 U.S. states and territories. The largest Powerball jackpot ever won by a single-ticket holder was on Christmas Day 2002, when a $314.9-million grand prize was won. Saturday night's jackpot was the sixth-highest Powerball grand prize. The odds of winning are listed at one in 120,526,770.

There has been a spate of lottery winnings in Idaho recently. In February, 22-year-old Eric Kyle of Boise won $18.7 million in the Powerball game. Earlier this month, eight employees at the Wood River Journal in Hailey matched four of five numbers to win a $100,000 prize.

AP

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Chief Bottle Washer
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Posted: June 1, 2005, 2:56 am - IP Logged

To the winner: if you're a Lottery Post member/visitor, please mention Lottery Post in your press conference! 

 

Check the State Lottery Report Card
What grade did your lottery earn?

 

Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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    Posted: June 1, 2005, 7:14 am - IP Logged

     

    Congrats young man...hope you use that educated brain...Don't be stupid like                 Jack!!!!!!

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      Posted: June 1, 2005, 7:16 am - IP Logged

      i was wondering when someone would win choosing numbers instead of quick pick....

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        Posted: June 1, 2005, 9:18 am - IP Logged

        That's one very eligible bachelor!


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          Posted: June 1, 2005, 9:37 am - IP Logged

          Mr Whittaker wasn't THAT stupid; he chose cash.

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            Posted: June 1, 2005, 10:18 am - IP Logged

              with CO about Jack.

            Stupid: No

            Lacking common sense: Yes

             

             

            Check the State Lottery Report Card
            What grade did your lottery earn?

             

            Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
            Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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              Posted: June 1, 2005, 11:04 am - IP Logged

              4 years with the same number, that sounds a whole lot better than, the people that play the same number for 25 years and still haven't won....

              5,7,24,28,39  36

              I'm guessing the guy was 28 when he started playing....

              He was born in May or July 

              "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                Posted: June 1, 2005, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                Amazing: I read news about last winner of 10 years agon, that was she also had mistake on the first number (her brother's birthday son), probraly, he'd turned to 8 and she put 7....

                Both was at the same store, both made combinatinon....

                Bottom line : I appreciate his patience with the numbers and congrats to him for the BIG happiness!!!

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                  Posted: June 1, 2005, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

                  The lucky young man has not made the decision to take the cash or annuity.

                  Yes, Jack was stupid.  He was stupid for having $500,000 in cash with him at all times. He told strangers he had it with him.  So-called friends and crooks are everywhere and they will take advantage of this kind of situation.  The man is lucky to be alive.

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                    Posted: June 1, 2005, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                    Jack chose the hookers and booze option available in West Virginia.

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                      " "I'd love to have him come forward publicly because he is a very intelligent individual who doesn't fit the mold that you hear so often that the only people who ever play the lottery are the poor and uneducated," said Simmons."

                      Apparently, he isnt smart enough to get a lawyer, accountant and a financial planner before claiming the prize.

                      But congrats and good luck to our newest multi-millionaire.

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                        " "I'd love to have him come forward publicly because he is a very intelligent individual who doesn't fit the mold that you hear so often that the only people who ever play the lottery are the poor and uneducated," said Simmons."

                        Apparently, he isnt smart enough to get a lawyer, accountant and a financial planner before claiming the prize.

                        But congrats and good luck to our newest multi-millionaire.



                        He only got the ticket verified. He hasn't yet submitted it until he can consult professionals for their advice.

                         

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                          Posted: June 1, 2005, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                          Oh, Tooooooodddddd....

                           

                          Isn't this a good opportunity to republish the article explaining the many issues a multi-million dollar winner should consider when cashing in?

                           

                           

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                            Posted: June 1, 2005, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

                            I have a cousin in Boise, single, late 20s or early 30s.  Eek  Hmmmmmm.