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
Oregon Walmart workers split Idaho Lottery $1M Raffle prize
By Todd Northrop, with sources from KTVB
It's a great start to 2012 for five friends, who combined their resources and won a million dollars.
The five, who all work at Walmart in Ontario, Oregon, had the winning ticket in the Idaho Lottery's annual $1,000,000 Raffle.
Ontario, Oregon, is located right on the border of Oregon and Idaho.
The winners split the grand prize five ways and picked up their big checks at the lottery offices in Boise Tuesday. Each winner got $200,000 before tax ...
Jan 6, 2012, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Lotteries hit record profits last year
Lottery sales are strong, but there are points of weakness
By Todd Northrop
Government-sponsored lotteries are continuing their broad expansion as income-producing entities, as many lotteries reported record profits in the last fiscal year.
Reports of record profits from the lotteries come despite continuing high unemployment and an economy that has been flat or downward-trending for the past two years.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says he believes the lottery does well in a bad econo ...
Jul 25, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
$190M Idaho lottery winner sorts out her new life
Holly Lahti burst into the spotlight a week ago in a feel-good story about a single mother who won a $190 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Then came the mugshot: a thin young woman with disheveled brown hair, sporting a black eye and cuts and bruises on her face and neck. It turned out she was separated from a man who court records indicated had abused her, and now has a possible claim to some of the money through a quirk in Idaho law.
Lahti, 29, went underground with her two daughters immed ...
Jan 22, 2011, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho woman claims 2nd half of $380M Mega Millions jackpot
Includes video report
A 29-year-old mother of two and former bank worker from northern Idaho has claimed the remaining half of a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials and others said Wednesday.
Holly Lahti, of the small town of Rathdrum, will split the second-largest lottery jackpot in history with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wash.
The McCullars appeared at a news conference last Thursday to announce they'd won half the jackpot, or $190 million.
Lahti wasn't ...
Jan 12, 2011, 11:33 pm - Lottery News forum
The Jackpot has Landed
2 tickets from Idaho and Washington split $380 million Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Update: Final draw-time jackpot increased, cash value was largest ever
Update 2: California prizes added
After a lottery ticket buying frenzy swept across America this week, the massive, seemingly unstoppable Mega Millions jackpot has finally been taken down.
Tuesday's $380 million jackpot was the second-largest jackpot ever in the United States, second only to the $390 million Mega Milli ...
Jan 5, 2011, 3:50 am - Lottery News forum