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Once homeless, now a lottery winner

Idaho LotteryIdaho Lottery: Once homeless, now a lottery winner

BOISE, Idaho — A 37-year-old Boise insurance agent who at one time lived in a homeless shelter has won $250,000 in the Idaho Lottery.

Anthony Castro won the money playing a scratch ticket that he bought at Jacksons Food Stores in Boise.

Castro says he has donated some of his winnings to his church, plans to set up a trust account for his daughter and will invest and bank the rest.

He is moving to Portland soon to start a new job.

Castro says he grew up in New York, survived a gunshot wound to the head at age 19 and moved to Idaho after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He lived in a homeless shelter for a time until he got on his feet financially.


Thanks to emilyg for the tip.


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15 comments. Last comment 7 years ago by Taipanez.
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ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
United States
Member #56506
November 21, 2007
6537 Posts
Posted: March 5, 2010, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to Mr. Castro!

"No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

    United States
    Member #1630
    June 7, 2003
    6011 Posts
    Posted: March 5, 2010, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to Mr. Castro!

    I agree, good for him!!!! I hope he saves his money and spends it wisely!!!!

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
      United States
      Member #48725
      January 7, 2007
      1958 Posts
      Posted: March 5, 2010, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations Mr. Castro!

      Gonna win.Big Smile

        larry3100's avatar - larry icon2.jpg
        Redwood City,California
        United States
        Member #70503
        February 3, 2009
        200 Posts
        Posted: March 5, 2010, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations Anthony Castro !. I Think he's my long-lost relative. Thumbs Up

          Baton Rouge, LA
          United States
          Member #72970
          April 1, 2009
          18 Posts
          Posted: March 5, 2010, 11:14 pm - IP Logged

          I agree with you, it is the bottom line that counts, Everybody will approach him to grab a piece of his pot of money

            konane's avatar - wallace
            Atlanta, GA
            United States
            Member #1265
            March 13, 2003
            3592 Posts
            Posted: March 5, 2010, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

            Awesome good luck, congratulations to Mr. Castro!  Party

            Good luck to everyone!

              dopey7719's avatar - Lottery-049.jpg
              Midlands, SC
              United States
              Member #69698
              January 14, 2009
              303 Posts
              Posted: March 6, 2010, 9:04 am - IP Logged

              YES!!! Someone who reallly needs it and will value it.  Good for him!!!

                maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
                United States
                Member #37433
                April 14, 2006
                2747 Posts
                Posted: March 6, 2010, 9:28 am - IP Logged

                thats good change.

                  ca-dreamin*'s avatar - Lottery-065.jpg
                  United States
                  Member #70678
                  February 8, 2009
                  889 Posts
                  Posted: March 6, 2010, 11:26 am - IP Logged

                  I LOVE to see stories like this! Way to go Mr. castro!!!!!!!

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                    warrenton, georgia
                    United States
                    Member #58640
                    February 22, 2008
                    1 Posts
                    Posted: March 6, 2010, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

                    WOW!!! GOD is good, congratulation Mr. Castro!!

                      Buford. GA
                      United States
                      Member #4
                      April 19, 2001
                      853 Posts
                      Posted: March 6, 2010, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

                          Anthony Castro is a "BLESSED MAN"!!  I Agree!

                       "as long as you win more than you lose...gamblins' not a problem"

                        Dawn32's avatar - DawnMarch2012
                        New Jersey
                        United States
                        Member #71646
                        March 1, 2009
                        204 Posts
                        Posted: March 6, 2010, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

                        Yay Mr. Castro!!!!

                        "Bless me Lord, so that I may be a blessing to others."

                          United States
                          Member #83225
                          December 2, 2009
                          757 Posts
                          Posted: March 7, 2010, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

                          Congrats to Mr. Castro....... but 16K to his church ?!?! ......that can cause bad luck because they say gambling is a sin..... but its his money and he can do what he wants...nice job mr. castro

                          ''YOU CAN PAY FOR SCHOOL BUT, YOU CAN'T BUY CLASS''Thumbs Up

                            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
                            United States
                            Member #73904
                            April 28, 2009
                            14903 Posts
                            Posted: March 9, 2010, 6:21 am - IP Logged

                            Good story, I'm happy it happened for someone who really needed it.

                            And hopefully $250 Grand will lessen his inclination as an insurance agent to pester people about them needing more insurance. Especially at social and family functions. Insurance agents drive people insane, generally. Not that there's anything wrong with insurance people. Far be it from me to insinuate anything like that.







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