BOISE -- Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for a Nampa woman.
Carolina Furdui claimed $250,000 at Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise this morning from a Mega Millions ticket bought for the historic draw of the $656 million jackpot on March 30, 2012. The winning ticket was sold by the Maverik on Karcher Road in Nampa.
“I usually only buy a $1 quick pick when the jackpot gets really big,” said Furdui. “This time, I went a little crazy, I bought a $2 quick pick.”
Idaho Lottery officials say that turned out to be a lucky decision because the second line on her ticket was the $250,000 winner.
Furdui’s ticket matched all five of the first numbers, however, her ticket missed the Megaball by only a single number. Her Megaball number was 24 and the winning number that night was 23.
“I haven’t gotten too caught up in what could have been, this is great,” said a thankful Furdui.
She carried the winning ticket around in her shoulder bag for two weeks before discovering she had the winning ticket.
Lottery officials say the Maverik store on Karcher Road in Nampa is one of the luckier stores in the Treasure Valley, with a long list of six-figure and higher winners, including Hilda Floyd, the winner of the 2009 Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.
Maverik receives a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
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