BOISE – Idaho has some new millionaires!
The first ever $1,000,000 winning Idaho Lottery ticket sold in Nez Perce County was claimed Thursday at Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise by longtime Lewiston couple Richard and Lorraine Hallisy. Their winning ticket was from the April 21, 2012 Powerball draw.
“I checked our tickets on the computer then called for Lorraine so I could show her,” described Richard when he found out they had the winning ticket. “I thought it was going to be one of those Internet jokes,” said Lorraine.
The couple that has been married 56 years matched the first five numbers. The couple discovered their lucky win on the Sunday morning after the draw but swore a few friends and family to secrecy before claiming the ticket.
“Oh we saw stories about it in the newspaper and on the television, but we had a few things to take care of before heading down to Boise,” added Richard on why it took the couple nearly two weeks to claim their prize.
Richard worked as a forester for the Idaho Department of Lands District Office in St. Maries in the 1960s before a long tenure at Potlach in Lewiston. He retired from Potlach 18 years ago.
The Hallisys were contemplating what to do with their new winnings, including helping their immediate family and possibly taking a couple of nice vacations. They purchased their winning ticket at the Zip Trip in Lewiston at 99 Southway. For selling the winning ticket, Zip Trip receives a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
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