BOISE -- What was supposed to be a Sunday morning fishing trip turned out to be very profitable for a Meridian man.
Ed Cook claimed a $300,000 prize from the Idaho Lottery Monday.
Cook was headed to a quiet fishing spot along the Boise River in Eagle in hopes of catching some trout when he stopped at the Fred Meyer on Chinden Boulevard in Meridian to buy some worms.
He also bought a $300,000 Spectacular scratch ticket from one of the Idaho Lottery’s red vending machines in the store.
“I matched my number and started to scratch off the prize. It was a 3, and those zeroes just kept coming,” laughed Cook as he described what happened Sunday when he scratched his $300,000 winner. “After that, well, I never did end up going fishing.”
Cook plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills and maybe take a fishing trip or two.
“I might just go fishing the rest of the week,” joked Cook. “And maybe the rest of the summer!”
The $300,000 prize is the single largest cash prize ever offered by the Idaho Lottery for a scratch game.
For selling the winning ticket, Fred Meyer will receive a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
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