National Powerball draw will happen in Idaho

BOISE – The Idaho Lottery is celebrating 25 years this year, and as part of the celebration, Powerball is in Idaho to do a remote draw at the Snake River Stampede.

It's been 25 years since Powerball did a remote draw in Idaho. The first time is when the state began its Lottery.

Powerball shipped the two machines in large crates that act as traveling vaults.

"They have double lock seals on them so no one person can get into the equipment," said Sue Dooley, Senior. Drawing Manager for Powerball.

After Dooley verified that they were not tampered with during their travel, she pulled the machines out, powered them up and put them through a few test runs.

She opened the crates early to make sure they're ready for the draw Saturday night.

For the Idaho Lottery, having a live remote draw is a really big deal.

"It's our silver anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than hosting the national Powerball draw," said David Workman, Idaho Lottery spokesman.

For over two decades, Dooley has watched the balls bounce around, while the rest of us sit on the edge of our seats, checking our numbers.

"I still love it because I have a chance to help change people's lives," said Dooley.

The live drawing is Saturday night at 8:59. It will be done live from the Snake River Stampede, and it will also be televised live on Idaho's Very Own 24/7.

This week's draw is $60 million, and as always the Lottery reminds us all to play responsibly.


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