BOISE – A 26-year-old Post Falls man is $100,000 richer thanks to a detour he took on his way home Tuesday night.
Idaho Lottery officials say Jon Bartlett stopped at the Freeway Jifi Stop in Coeur d’Alene to pick up a few items. He also bought one $10 Money Train scratch ticket.
“At first, I thought I’d only won $100, but then I saw it was a lot more than that,” said Bartlett. “I drove straight to my parent’s house, and honestly, don’t remember putting the truck into park. I woke them up, made them look at the ticket just to be sure I was right.”
The winning number, 26, matched Bartlett's age. It also won the the top prize of $100,000.
Jon, his dad and son loaded into in his truck and drove all night to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters in Boise Wednesday morning.
“There’s not a lot of traffic on the highway at 2 a.m.,” said Bartlett. “We never thought ever that we would be in Boise to claim a big prize from the Lottery. But here we are!”
Bartlett says he plans make some vehicle repairs and then put the remainder of his winnings into savings for his son’s education.
For selling the winning ticket, the Freeway Jifi Stop receives a $10,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
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