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UPDATE: Idaho Lottery winnner goes from homeless shelter to big bucks!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:01 AM

Talk about rags to riches! 

The Idaho Lottery will be awarding a check for $250,000 to the newest Idaho Lottery winner at 10:30am this morning...

We don't know the man or woman's name yet, but our contacts over at the Lottery tell us it's a Boise resident who has quite a history. This winner has been shot in the past, has been homeless, turned his or her life around - and was VERY recently "blessed" by winning $250,000.


The check presentation is at 10:30am this morning, and the Jacksons store that sold the winning ticket gets $20,000.

If you'd like to go see who it is, you can! 

Check Presentation Location:

Jacksons #119
9016 Ustick Road (corner of Ustick and Maple Grove)

TODAY - Tuesday, March 2, 2010
10:30 a.m.

PS: I will post the latest information and a picture of the winner right after they reveal who it is! 


Idaho Lotter Winner Anthony Castro

For many, the road of life is often filled with both hardships and blessings. 

For Anthony Castro of Boise, his road to Idaho was particularly difficult.  As a 19 year-old teenager in New York City, Castro was shot in the head and survived. After witnessing the 9-11 attacks, Castro followed his instincts and decided to leave New York City for a calmer life, a more spiritual life better suited to him.  He found his way to Boise in 2003 with no job and very little money. He lived in a shelter while putting his life in order. He married, had a daughter, got divorced, and always worked a couple of jobs to get by.   

Seven years after arriving in the Treasure Valley, though, Castro found himself sitting in the Winner's Lobby at the Idaho Lottery holding an Idaho Millions Scratch Game winning ticket worth $250,000.

"After so much turmoil in my life, and loss of my mother a year ago, this is truly a blessing for me," said a humbled Castro. "My dreams, everyone's dreams, are coming true."

Castro, now an insurance agent who is moving to Portland at the end of the week for work, bought his winning ticket from the Jacksons store located on the corner of Maple Grove and Ustick in Boise.  

"Sha-wow! This is amazing," added Castro when he received his winning check. "I'm going to set up a trust account for my six-year old daughter, donate to my church, and then use the rest to get a townhouse in Portland."

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Jacksons Food Stores will receive a bonus worth $20,000.  

By claiming this prize, Castro becomes the 50th winner in Idaho Lottery history to claim at least $250,000 or more.