BOISE – A Utah woman is $200,000 richer after hitting it big on the Powerball game.
Idaho Lottery officials say Michelle Lochhead from West Valley, Utah, is a regular player. She gives a friend who makes regular trips to eastern Idaho money to buy her a couple of Powerball tickets.
That strategy paid off in a big way when Lochhead won $200,000 on a ticket that matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball itself, for the Jan. 11, 2012 draw.
“I didn’t even know I had that big of a winning ticket for a couple of weeks until I finally checked online to see if I’d won,” said an exuberant Lochhead when she claimed her winnings at Lottery headquarters. “It wasn’t until I got the ticket to Boise that I even believed it was real!”
Lochhead will have a unique place in Idaho Lottery Powerball history. She is the last winner of her kind. She is the 33rd winner to claim $200,000 on Powerball since 2005. Just four days after her win, the Powerball prize level changed. If she won today, her ticket would be worth $1,000,000, but for now, Lochhead is happy with the $200,000.
“I’m glad to have any amount. I’ll take it!” added Lochhead who plans to pay off a few bills and visit family across the country with her winnings.
Lochhead’s winning ticket was sold by Flags West Trust Stop in Downey, Idaho. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Flags West will earn a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.