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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.

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