BOISE – A group of Wyoming hospital workers will share a $1 million prize from the Idaho Lottery.
For years, Connie Baumer has been buying Powerball tickets for a club made up of emergency room staff from the St. John’s Medical Center in her hometown of Jackson, Wyoming.
During a shopping trip to eastern Idaho last week she stopped at the Stinker Store on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls to check her group’s tickets.
“There were twelve people who had put in money for the last draw. We had $12 in winnings, so I asked the clerk to give me a ticket for $12,” described Baumer on purchasing the ticket. “I got six lines of play. It was the middle child that won!”
Baumer was referring to the third line of six on their Powerball ticket. That line matched all five of the first numbers, but not the Powerball, from the Wednesday, July 24, 2013 drawing.
“I still don’t believe it,” added co-winner Cheryl Hewitt of Irwin, Idaho, even after she received her real check.
This winning Powerball ticket is the largest ever for residents from Wyoming. It is the third million dollar prize paid by the Idaho Lottery since July 10, 2013 and the 44th million-dollar or higher winning ticket claimed in the Idaho Lottery’s history.
Stinker Stores received a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Only three of the twelve members in their group made the journey to Boise to claim their prize. Joining Baumer was Hewitt and Kim Morse of Jackson, Wyoming. The other winners were Gary Baumer, Jackson, Wyoming; David Bender, Victor, Idaho; Elaine Garrison, Jackson, Wyoming; Karen Lisenby, Jackson, Wyoming; Andrea Mathers, Auburn, Wyoming; Maureen Miller, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Christopher Morasco, Alpine, Wyoming; Daniel Nelson, Jackson, Wyoming; and, McIntosh Sullivan, Victor, Idaho.
Most planned to pay down bills and debt with their winnings.
“We did save enough from our winnings to buy Powerball tickets for another year, so hopefully we’ll win the big jackpot on Wednesday night,” Baumer said.
With no jackpot winner last Saturday night, the estimated Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 is $235 million.
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