Idaho lottery still a popular bet during pandemic worries
Despite a pandemic, many Idaho residents are apparently still feeling lucky.
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said Tuesday that ticket sales were down only about 5% last week, and that somebody snagged $250,000 in one the agency's games.
Buying a lottery ticket does bring some sense of normalcy for folks, because things aren't normal now for a lot of people, Anderson said.
Anderson also directs the Idaho State Liquor Division. He said some panic buying at state-operated liquor store ...
May 4, 2020, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery's newest draw game has first drawing tonight
Tonight marks the first drawing for the newest Idaho Lottery game, 5 Star Draw.
5 Star Draw is an Idaho-only draw game with a jackpot prize that begins at $250,000 and continues to grow until there is a winner.
5 Star Draw is the first new in-state Draw Game launched by the Idaho Lottery since Idaho Cash in February of 2017.
Tickets for the game are only available from licensed Idaho Lottery retailers. Sales for 5 Star Draw tickets began on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Our players re ...
Oct 1, 2019, 6:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery celebrates 30 years by trying to set a new world record
The Idaho Lottery will celebrate 30 years in July and will try to break a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people scratching scratch cards at once.
Jeff Anderson, the Idaho Lottery's director, said, Those who come, the public is invited, they'll all get one ticket to scratch for free and leading up to that event we've got the fastest scratcher in Idaho contest going on around Idaho and there will be 128 finalists who will come to Boise from all over the Gem State on buses to ...
Jun 15, 2019, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery announces St. Patrick's Day Raffle winners
(One month after St. Patrick's Day)
Idaho Lottery officials on Wednesday announced the winning ticket numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, including the $100,000 top prize.
The raffle, which sold out its 50,000 available tickets in just 22 days, features a total of more than 6,800 winning ticket numbers, the most ever awarded by any of the Lottery's raffle games, officials said.
The winning number for the $100,000 prize was 028325.
In addition to the top prize, the Idaho Lottery ...
Apr 13, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winner secrecy bill dies in Idaho Senate
An Idaho Senate panel has killed legislation that would have allowed lottery winners to hide their identities.
The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 8-1 to halt the measure that would have kept the names of individuals who win $600 or more secret.
While the bill would have allowed winners to give written authorization to the lottery to publicize their names, the proposal also prevented those names from being released under public records requests for six months after the pr ...
Mar 1, 2017, 7:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery-winner secrecy bill headed to House floor
A proposal to provide more confidentiality for lottery winners got pushback Wednesday from the Idaho State Lottery Commission, but was ultimately approved by a legislative panel.
This idea came to me from one of my constituents: an elderly lady who was a lottery winner but was quickly harassed by phone calls and people showing up at her door, trying to separate her from her winnings, said Rep. Lynn Luker (R-Boise). If we approve this, Idaho would join six other states that offer some form of ...
Feb 15, 2017, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho woman wins $390,000 lottery prize after playing same numbers for 27 years
An Idaho woman's streak of playing the same lottery numbers since 1989 finally paid off when the numbers earned her a $390,000 jackpot.
Rosemary Loveland said she has been entering the same numbers in the weekly drawings since the Idaho Lottery began in 1989, and Friday morning she discovered her numbers for Thursday night's drawing qualified her for the second-tier prize on the Idaho Lottery Draw Game Lucky for Life $25,000 a year for life, or a $390,000 lump sum.
I looked at the numbers ...
Sep 21, 2016, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery, legislature may be headed for showdown over new games
Idaho State Lottery officials are asking potential vendors to provide information on how they would offer Keno, simulated racing, fantasy sports and other illegal gambling games when they bid on a lucrative decade-long contract.
The state Lottery Commission could select the winner of the 10-year contract which comes with two optional 5-year extensions as early as November.
But some lawmakers are upset about the lottery's request for information on games like Keno, which is specifically ban ...
Sep 12, 2016, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card 2 game ending in February
North Dakota joining Lucky for Life multi-state game
By Todd Northrop
Wild Card 2, a multi-state lottery game currently offered in four states, is ending with the Feb. 24 drawing.
The lottery game that has been played in one form or another for more than 20 years is being dropped after a fall in popularity, according to lottery officials.
Wild Card 2 offers two plays for $1. It got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, i ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner describes his "freak-out" moment
Includes video report
Last Saturday evening, Jacob Christopherson of Meridian, Idaho, had a self-described freak-out moment but in a good way. That's when Christopherson began checking his Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets for winners. And he could not believe what he was seeing.
I had been buying tickets around the 25,000th tickets, trying to win one of the $1,000 prizes. I stopped in the Maverik by my mom's house and just bought one to see what the current ticket number was, Christopherso ...
Jan 5, 2016, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum